also the ten lepers, whom He cleansed in the way simultaneously;
Then, turning to His disciples, He says: "Woe unto him through whom offences come! It were better for him if he had not been born, or if a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones,"
Before all things, it is befitting that we should know both that He Himself and His ambassadors foretold that there must be numerous sects and heresies,
"Be not, my brethren, distressed by those things that have been done, but give heed to the future: for what is passed is ended; but the things which threaten are dangerous to those who shall fall in with them. For offences shall never be wanting in this world,
Then Peter answered, "The prophet of the truth has said, `Good things must needs come, and blessed, said he, is he by whom they come; in like manner evil things must needs come, but woe to him through whom they come.'
Yea, it were better for him that a millstone should be hung about [his neck], and he should be sunk in the depths of the sea, than that he should cast a stumbling-block before one of my little ones.
Yea, it were better for him that a millstone should be hung about [his neck], and he should be sunk in the depths of the sea, than that he should cast a stumbling-block before one of my little ones."
but is ever under the orders of the king, who is God of all, whose kingdom is indeed potentially "within us,"
If he sin against thee seven times in a day, and turn to thee the seventh time, and say, I repent, forgive him."
Such identity of care proceeds from one and the same Being. A trespassing brother He will have rebuked.
thus teaches who forbids your refusing to bring back even your brother's cattle, if you find them astray in the road; much more should you bring back your erring brother to himself. He commands you to forgive your brother, should he trespass against you even "seven times."
And this, (the Naassene) says, is what is declared in Scripture, "The just will fall seven times, and rise again."
also the answer which He gave to His disciples when they said, "Increase our faith; "
Whence, perceiving the greatness of its power, they asked "that faith might be added to them; "
Such were the apostles, in whose case it is said that "faith removed mountains and transplanted trees."
He is the true worshipper of God, who not only is himself free from passions, but also sets others free from them; though they be so heavy that they are like mountains, he removes them by means of the faith with which he believes in God. Yea, by faith be truly removes mountains with their trees, if it be necessary.
Luke 17:7 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
"Which of you, having a servant ploughing, or a shepherd, says to him when he cometh from the field, Pass forward and recline? But he says to him, Make ready somewhat that I may sup, and gird thyself, and minister to me, until I eat and drink; and afterwards thou shalt eat and drink? Does he thank that servant because he has done what was commanded him? So also ye, when ye shall have done that which is commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we had to do."
and again, "When ye shall have done all things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; "
But some who are of the lapsed have lately written to me, and are humble and meek and trembling and fearing God, and who have always laboured in the Church gloriously and liberally, and who have never made a boast of their labour to the Lord, knowing that He has said, "When ye shall have done all these things, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."
its enactments even in His cure of the ten lepers. These He simply commanded to show themselves to the priest; "and as they went, He cleansed them"
Another said: I was a leper, and he healed me merely by a word.
However, what was obviously required by the law He commanded should be done: "Go," said He, "show yourselves to the priests."
and afterwards to the nine, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
Whence also, astonished that one only out of the ten was thankful for his release to the divine grace, He does not command him to offer a gift according to the law, because he had already paid his tribute of gratitude when "he glorified God;
The miracle was performed in the district of Samaria, to which country also belonged one of the lepers.
And yet who was the God to whom the Samaritan gave thanks, because thus far not even had an Israelite heard of another god? Who else but He by whom all had hitherto been healed through Christ? And therefore it was said to him, "Thy faith hath made thee whole,"
"The kingdom of God," He says, "cometh not with observation; neither do they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Moreover, that all men are not without communion with God, is taught in the Gospel thus, by the Saviour's words: "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! but the kingdom of God is within you."
This means, "Neither in this place nor that place is the kingdom of God; for, behold, it is within you."
But they assert that not only is there in favour of their doctrine, testimony to be drawn from the mysteries of the Assyrians, but also from those of the Phrygians concerning the happy nature-concealed, and yet at the same time disclosed-of things that have been, and are coming into existence, and moreover will be,-(a happy nature) which, (the Naassene) says, is the kingdom of heaven to be sought for within a man.
This, says he, is the kingdom of heaven that reposes within us as a treasure, as leaven hid in the three measures of meal.
Luke 17:21 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also in the Gospel according to Luke: "The kingdom of God is within you."
Moreover, we hear both also preaching, in the first place, not only repentance, but the kingdom of heaven, which, as we have learned, is within us;
if not in idea, manifestly to those to whom it is said, "The kingdom of God is within you,"
is to be referred, not to the time, but to deeds and dispositions; for Christ, who is all virtue, has come, and speaks, and on account of this the kingdom of God is within His disciples, and not here or there.
For He tells them that "the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected," before His coming,
"For as it was in the days of Noe, they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they married and were given in marriage, and they knew not, until Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all; as also it was in the days of Lot, they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and builded, until the time that Lot went out of Sodom; it rained fire from heaven, and destroyed them all: so shall it also be at the coming of the Son of man."
If, however, He speaks of His own coming, why does He compare it with the days of Noe and of Lot,
Et rursus: "Sicut autem erat in diebus Noe, erant nubentes, et nuptui dantes, aedificantes, et plantantes; et sicut erat in diebus Lot, ita erit adventus Filii hominis."
Et quod hoc non dicit ad genies, ostendit, cum subjungit: "Num cum venerit Filius hominis, inveniet fidem in terra? "
Let us marry daily, and in the midst of our marrying let us be overtaken, like Sodom and Gomorrah, by that day of fear!
Luke 17:31 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XI Exhortation to Martyrdom Addressed to Fortunatus
And again: "And let him that is in the field not return back. Remember Lot's wife."
which were dark and terrible-a mild and gentle God as He is? Why does He bid us "remember Lot's wife,"
and when two are in one bed, to take the one, and to leave the other; and of two women grinding at the mill, to take one and leave the other:
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