the Acts of the Apostles,
But may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Himself, who is the Son of God, and our everlasting High Priest, build you up in faith and truth, and in all meekness, gentleness, patience, long-suffering, forbearance, and purity; and may He bestow on you a lot and portion among His saints, and on us with you, and on all that are under heaven, who shall believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and in His Father, who "raised Him from the dead.
I know, obtained the ministry which pertains to the common [weal], not of himself, neither by men,
Having beheld your bishop, I know that he was not selected to undertake the ministry which pertains to the common [weal], either by himself or by men,
Just, then, as" Paul [was] an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father,"
He professes himself to be "an apostle"-to use his own, words-"not of men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ."
at all events, have handed down to me this career of Paul, which you must not refuse to accept. Thence I demonstrate that from a persecutor he became "an apostle, not of men, neither by man; "
To the Galatians he declares himself to be "an apostle not of men, neither by man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father."
And Jacob says, "Who shall rouse him up? "And that is just what David and Paul both refer to, as when Paul says, "and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead."
writing in his epistles; and if the same apostle declares that he was ordained "an apostle not by men, nor of man, but by Jesus Christ; "
I have taught the churches of the believers to reverence one almighty, invisible, and incomprehensible God. And this teaching has been given me, not from men, nor through men, but through Jesus Christ,
kind; since he who departs from such evils, and performs such virtuous actions, will, as one who desires the true life, come to the enjoyment of it; and as one loving to see "good days," in which the word of righteousness will be the Sun, he will see them, God taking him away from this "present evil world,"
leading from the beginning of knowledge to the end. But if one should suppose that another origin
and how the epistle actually begins: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him, who hath called you as His own in grace, to another gospel."
When, again, he mentioned "certain false brethren as having crept in unawares," who wished to remove the Galatians into another gospel,
How is it that the censurer of the Galatians
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be anathema."
Gal. 1:6 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which has been delivered to you, let him be accursed."
the Creator, that they should seem to "be removed to another gospel," simply when they return again to the Creator. When he adds, too, the words, "which is not another,"
two gods; and the apostle made a great mistake when he said that "there is not another" gospel,
But it is my purpose, as I reckon, and not without reason, to live according to the Word, and to understand what is revealed;
If, therefore, even "an angel from heaven should preach any other gospel" (than theirs), he would be called accursed
for they are not the authors of confusion, but of peace; or if Marcion be actually an angel, he must rather be designated "as anathema than as a preacher of the gospel,"
But perhaps, to avoid this difficulty, you will say that he therefore added just afterwards, "Though an angel from heaven preach any other gospel, let him be accursed,"
or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel."
To this angel, indeed, of Philumene, the apostle will reply in tones like those in which he even then predicted him, saying, "Although an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
preached unto you, let him be anathema,"
Gal. 1:8 - NIV, NAB - in Pseudo-Gregory Thaumaturgus A Sectional Confession of Faith
And again he says: "For if he who comes preaches another Christ whom we have not preached, or ye receive another spirit that ye have received not, or another gospel which ye have not obtained, ye will rightly be kept back."
Gal. 1:8 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
In anticipation, however, of this, the apostolic word marks out the case thus: "If any one preach any other gospel unto you than that which you have received, let him be accursed."
To these Arius and Achilles opposing themselves, and those who with them are the enemies of the truth, have been expelled from the Church, as being aliens from our holy doctrine, according to the blessed Paul, who says, "If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed; even though he feign himself an angel from heaven."
tests me! The cursing of well-maintained Discipline is a blessing of the Name. "If," says he, "I wished to please men, I should not be Christ's servant."
Nor ought the reproaches of the lost to move us in any degree to depart from the right path and from the sure rule, since also the apostle instructs us, saying, "If I should please men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
But if some of the perverse persons refuse to obey, let us follow the same apostle, who says, "If I please men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
And the apostle also speaks, saying, "If I pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
and that Paul also has gloriously and sublimely uttered, "If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
Gal. 1:10 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also in the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians: "If I wished to please men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
of this epistle, how that certain persons interposed, and said that men ought to be circumcised, and that the law of Moses was to be observed; and how the apostles, when consulted, determined, by the authority of the Holy Ghost, that "a yoke should not be put upon men's necks which their fathers even had not been able to bear."
: "It is first necessary that you shows us who this Paul was,-both what he was before he was an apostle, and how he became an apostle,"-so very great is the use which they make of him in respect of other questions also. It is true that he tells us himself that he was a persecutor before he became an apostle,
so truly did he turn away from his early opinions: nor did he sin by becoming an emulator not of ancestral but of Christian traditions,
And that he, the apostle, was the very same person who had been born from the womb, that is, of the ancient substance of flesh, he does himself declare in the Epistle to the Galatians: "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles,"
And Paul, too, says in like manner, "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, that I might declare Him among the nations."
having been converted from a persecutor to a preacher, he is introduced as one of the brethren to brethren, by brethren-to them, indeed, by men who had put on faith from the apostles' hands. Afterwards, as he himself narrates, he "went up to Jerusalem for the purpose of seeing Peter,"
Paul, a genuine disciple of Jesus, says that he regarded this James as a brother of the Lord, not so much on account of their relationship by blood, or of their being brought up together, as because of his virtue and doctrine.
But concerning the apostles and prophets, according to the decree of the Gospel, thus do. 4. Let every apostle that cometh to you be received as the Lord.
Let us pray for every episcopacy which is under the whole heaven, of those that rightly divide the word of Thy truth. And let us pray for our bishop James,
And James is he whom Paul says in the Epistle to the Galatians that he saw, "But other of the Apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother."
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