And he said to me, "Do you see this shepherd? ""I see him, sir," I said. "This," he answered, "is the angel
These have been perverted from the truth: among them there is the hope of repentance, by which it is possible to live. Corruption, then, has a hope of a kind of renewal,
and with "the angel of the Church,"
accuses the Sardians of "works not full; "
and has saved many by coming and calling us when hastening to destruction.
" "Why, then, sir," I said, "do all these trees bear fruit, and some of them fairer than the rest? ""Listen," he said: "all who once suffered for the name of the Lord are honourable before God; and of all these the sins were remitted, because they suffered for the name of the Son of God.
Thus in the Revelation of John it is said: "These are they which have not defiled their clothes with women,"
Therefore they shall be "clothed in white raiment,"
[it is implied that] nothing has been kept back [from Him], and for this reason the same person is the Judge of the living and the dead; "having the key of David: He shall Open, and no man shall shut: He shall shut, and no man shall open."
Rev. 3:7 - NIV, NAB - in Gregory Thaumaturgus Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen
And this principle is expressed indeed in the Holy Scriptures themselves, when it is said that only He who shutteth openeth, and no other one whatever;
And in Cephro indeed a considerable church sojourned with us, composed partly of the brethren who followed us from the city, and partly of those who joined us from Egypt. There, too, did God open to us a door
the very faithful martyr, who was slain where Satan dwelleth. Also to the angel of the church in Philadelphia
and again, "Hold that which thou hast, that another take not thy crown."
Rev. 3:11 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XI Exhortation to Martyrdom Addressed to Fortunatus
And in the Apocalypse the same exhortation of divine preaching speaks, saying, "Hold fast that which thou hast, lest another take thy crown; "
The winds assemble into lightnings, the heavenly wrath rages; and wherever the wicked man fleeth, he is seized upon by this fire. There will be no succour nor ship of he sea. Amen
And from such an intercourse the Father generates out of Edem unto himself twelve angels. And the names of the angels begotten by the Father are these: Michael, Amen,
upbraids the Laodiceans for trusting to their riches;
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear in thee; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see."
Rev. 3:17 - NIV, NAB - in A Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian by an Anonymous Bishop
Why, from the very fact that thou art become poorer, believest thou thyself rich? Hear in the Apocalypse the Lord's voice rebuking thee with righteous reproaches: "Thou sayest," says He, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and blind, and poor, and naked."
clothing us from His own store
us to give thanks and rejoice, over and above, at being thought worthy of divine chastisement. "Whom I love," saith He, "I chasten."
For avoiding it, remedies cannot be lacking; since, even if they be lacking, there remains that one by which you will be made a happier magistrate, not in the earth, but in the heavens.
"He sitteth at the Father's right hand "
wasted by disease. For thou hast become God:
The Father of immortality sent the immortal Son and Word into the world, who came to man in order to wash him with water and the Spirit; and He, begetting us again to incorruption of soul and body, breathed into us the breath (spirit) of life, and endued us with an incorruptible panoply. If, therefore, man has become immortal, he will also be God.
and "To him that overcometh will I give to sit on my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down on the throne of my Father."
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