Further, He says in addition: "But I have called you friends; for all things which I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you."
" Then He adds, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit He pruneth, that it may bring forth more fruit."
, and you will find that He whom you believe to be the Father (described as acting for the Father, although you, for your part, forsooth, suppose that "the Father, being the husbandman,"
"Binding his ass to a vine: "that means that He unites His people of the circumcision with His own calling (vocation). For He was the vine.
must be observed, and that nothing must be done by us but what the Lord first did on our behalf, as that the cup which is offered in remembrance of Him should be offered mingled with wine. For when Christ says, "I am the true vine."
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit He purgeth, that it may bring forth more fruit? "
The sober and joy-producing vine, from whose instructions, as from branches, there joyfully hang down clusters of graces, distilling love, is our Lord Jesus, who says expressly to the apostles,
The vine, and that not in a few places, refers to the Lord Himself,
We thank thee, our Father, for the holy vine of David Thy servant,
"Art Thou the King of the Jews? "by saying, "My kingdom is not of this world; if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now is My kingdom not from hence." We have also read the words,
for they were rooted up as they did not receive the true vine, which was cultivated by the Father, even Jesus Christ.
And this temple must be destroyed by those who plot against the Word of God, and after its destruction be raised again on that third day which we discussed above; when the disciples also will remember what He, the Word, said before the temple of God was destroyed, and will believe, not only their knowledge but their faith also being then made perfect, and that by the word which Jesus spoke. And every one who is of this nature, Jesus purifying him,
For he who holds, without pride and boasting, the true glory (opinion) regarding created things and the Creator, who is the Almighty God of all, and who has granted existence to all; [such an one, ] continuing in His love
If ye have kept my commandments, ye shall remain in my love; even as I have kept the Father's commandments, and remain in His love."
With these also agree the following: "These things have I spoken to you, that My joy might be fulfilled: and this is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
And the Lord has bidden us with His own voice, saying, "This is my command, that ye love one another."
Discord cannot attain to the kingdom of heaven; to the rewards of Christ, who said, "This is my commandment that ye love one another even as I have loved you: "
John 15:12 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also in the same place: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love than this has no man, than that one should lay down his life for his friends."
For the Lord and our Saviour Jesus Christ did not scruple to "lay down His life," as Himself says, "for His friends."
For if in the sacrifice which Christ offered none is to be followed but Christ, assuredly it behoves us to obey and do that which Christ did, and what He commanded to be done, since He Himself says in the Gospel, "If ye do whatsoever I command you, henceforth I call you not servants, but friends."
But this is our Lord, the Word of God, who in the first instance certainly drew slaves to God, but afterwards He set those free who were subject to Him, as He does Himself declare to His disciples: "I will not now call you servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things which I have heard from My Father I have made known."
"I call you no longer servants, but friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father have I made known unto you."
who make progress and hasten towards wisdom, and are found worthy to possess it. For
"You call Me Master and Lord, and you say well, for so I am," but in another passage,
For this is the glory of man, to continue and remain permanently in God's service. Wherefore also did the Lord say to His disciples, "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you; "
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."
John 15:18 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XI Exhortation to Martyrdom Addressed to Fortunatus
Remember the word that I spoke unto you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also."
John 15:18 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Remember the word which I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."
For says [the Scripture], "If ye were of this world, the world would love its own; but now ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it: continue in fellowship with me."
And, "When He, the Advocate, shall come, whom I shall send unto you from my Father, the Spirit of truth who proceedeth from my Father."
And again: "If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."
Moreover, He adds to all this: "But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not Him that sent me."
And He says as follows: "All these things will they do unto you for My name's sake, because they know not Him that sent Me."
That declaration also in the Gospel, "If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin,"
But what saith the Scripture? The Word is very nigh thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart," as if Christ Himself were the same thing as the Word said to be sought after. But when the Lord Himself says
" And, again, there would be no sin but for the Logos, for "if I had not come and spoken unto them," Christ says,
Ye think, indeed, under a pretence of piety, to avenge the glory of God, not understanding that he that despiseth Me despiseth My Father also.
and for this asked of the Father that He might be the teacher of truth;
Or if, again, (the pseudo-prophetic spirit) has been eager to affect this (sentiment) in accordance with "the Spirit of truth,"
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