Directly in point is the instance of the apostle, who says, writing the Corinthians: "For I have espoused you to one man, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ,"
Zelo enim vos zelo Dei; despondi enim vos uni viro, virginem castam exhibere Christo."
"Vereor autem, ne sicut serpens seduxit Evam in astutia, corrumpantur sensus vestri a simplicitate, quae in Christo est,"
); when, again, he "espouses the church as a chaste virgin to Christ,"
For flesh not yet manumitted to Christ, for whom it was being kept,
Chiding)-Paul-written that such zeal hath he.
For there are not many spouses of Christ, since the apostle says, "I have espoused you, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ; "
who sees her daughters after a long separation, she embraced and kissed each one of us with great joy, saying, 'O, my daughters you have come with toil and pain to me who am earnestly longing to conduct you to the pasture of immortality; toilsomely have you come by a way abounding with many frightful reptiles; for, as I looked, I saw you often stepping aside, and I was fearing lest you should turn back and slip over the precipices. But thanks to the Bridegroom to whom I have espoused
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy; "meaning by Jerusalem, as I said, these very undefiled and incorrupt souls, which, having with self-denial drawn in the pure draught of virginity with unpolluted lips, are "espoused to one husband," to be presented "as a chaste virgin to Christ"
and the women in accordance with the saying, "I wish to present you all as a pure virgin to Christ; "
sponsa et Ecclesia; quam castam esse oportet, et ab iis quae strut intus, cogitationibus, quae sunt contrariae veritati; et ab iis, qui tentant extrinsecus, hoc est ab iis, qui sectantur haereses, et persuadent vobis fornicari ab uno viro, nempe omnipotenti Deo: "Ne sicut setpens decepit Evam,"
Jam veto vel invitum cogit Paulam generationem ex deceptione deducere, cure dicit: "Vereor autem, ne sicut serpens Evam decepit, corrupti sint sensus vestri a simplicitate, quae est in Christo."
on which the "serpent" the devil was "made a show of,"
2 Cor. 11:3 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another Spirit, which we have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. For I suppose that I did nothing less for you than the other apostles."
conquer the serpent;
Wherefore also he proceeds to add, "And if I am rude in speech, yet I am not in knowledge."
The Apostles are not unaware that in some things they give offence, and that in some respects their culture is defective, and they confess themselves
For those who are the better, and who embrace the truth more clearly, being delivered from the evils of the flesh, become, on account of their perfect purification and faith, a church and help-meet of Christ, betrothed and given in marriage to Him as a virgin, according to the apostle,
when he designates "false apostles, deceitful workers transforming themselves" into likenesses of himself,
And after this manner the most atheistical heresy of the Simonians was first established in Rome; and the devil wrought by the rest of the false apostles
not workmen who practise iniquity and wickedness and fraud; not "crafty workmen; "
Further, let those who say that philosophy took its rise from the devil know this, that the Scripture says that "the devil is transformed into an angel of light."
Demanding then a law of God, you have that common one prevailing all over the world, engraven on the natural tables to which the apostle too is wont to appeal, as when in respect. of the woman's veil he says, "Does not even Nature teach you? "
and, for every one hurt by such snakes-that is, his angels
God forbid, however, that we should suppose that the soul of any saint, much less of a prophet, can be dragged out of (its resting-place in Hades) by a demon. We know that "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light"
an angel of deceit, "transformed into an angel of light,"
If "Satan himself, too, is transformed into an angel of light,"
passed away from his own bodily substance; and that Satan himself, when "transformed into an angel of light,"
I think, therefore, that the prince of this world, who "transforms himself into an angel of light,"
And hence he wishes to seem a fig-tree or vine, and to produce sweetness and joy, and is "transformed into an angel of light,"
"To this Aquila answered: "How, then, are men in fault, if the wicked one, transforming himself into the brightness of light,
; but (it will be) when it has endured laceration for Christ's sake,
And do thou, my dearest Lucianus, since thou art wise, bear with good-will the unwise;
Is he not even then "smiting some one's face,"
For what other forefathers of Paul can be intended, except those of whom he says, "Are they Hebrews? so am I: are they Israelites? so am I."
Wherefore also Paul rejoices for Christ's sake that he was "in labours, more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths oft."
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes, save one; thrice was I beaten with rods; once was I stoned,"
2 Cor. 11:23 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
And once more, in another place, he declares of himself that he was a minister of Christ more than all others,
be on your guard against every evil word, and every evil desire, and purify your heart from all the vanities of this world. If you guard against these things, your fasting will be perfect. And you will do also as follows.
I think, moreover, that the apostle too, in the Second of Corinthians, among his labours, and perils, and hardships, after "hunger and thirst," enumerates "fasts" also "very many"
On those, again, who pause and refresh themselves in the course as they are moved or as they are able, let us not press very hard:
That you bewail and grieve over the downfall of our brethren I know from myself, beloved brethren, who also bewail with you and grieve for each one, and suffer and feel what the blessed apostle said: "Who is weak," said he, "and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? "
and in another place he says, "Who is weak, and I am not weak? "
And this is comely and right and just, that we visit our neighbours for the sake of God with all seemliness of manner and purity of behaviour; as the Apostle hath said: "Who is sick, and I am not sick? who is offended, and I am not offended? "
and not by commandment, there we may recognize that he is weak; for who, he says,
But, so far as it depends on himself, he who says or does such things is a stumbling-block even to him who will not be offended; unless perhaps Jesus calls the disciple who sinned a stumbling-block even to Himself, as much more than Paul He would have said from love, "Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I burn not? "
, the head] is, then, a sign of most princely rule; and otherwise we have heard it said, "The Head of Christ is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Likewise also, the renowned Paul having been oftentimes delivered up and brought in peril of death, having endured many evils, and making his boast in his numerous persecutions and afflictions, in the same city was also himself beheaded; who, in the things in which he gloried, in these also ended his life; and at Damascus he was let down by night in a basket by the wall, and escaped the hands
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