we find Him, when he speaks of such as "were dead in trespasses and sins, wherein they had walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, who worketh in the children of disobedience."
Flee, therefore, the wicked devices and snares of the spirit which now worketh in the children of this world,
of the apostles, who stirred up the multitude of the Jews against the Lord, who also now "worketh in the children of disobedience;
And indeed, before the cross was erected, he (Satan) was eager that it should be so; and he "wrought" [for this end] "in the children of disobedience."
Just as if any one, being an apostate, and seizing in a hostile manner another man's territory, should harass the inhabitants of it, in order that he might claim for himself the glory of a king among those ignorant of his apostasy and robbery; so likewise also the devil, being one among those angels who are placed over the spirit of the air, as the Apostle Paul has declared in his Epistle to the Ephesians,
In obedience to the apostolic injunction, therefore, let us flee from "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,"
180 And deeply moved are the high air's powers,
Then, if that atmosphere which is between heaven and earth is not devoid of inhabitants, and those of a rational kind, as the apostle says, "Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now worketh in the children of disobedience."
but as against those who are subject to "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience."
Eph. 2:2 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
and here, the Lord Jesus, when we were assailed and were perishing by the violence of that erring spirit who works now hi the just,
"according to the will of the prince of the dominion of the air, and of the spirit which works in those men who will not obey, according to the training of this world, and not according to the doctrine of Christ."
But you will consider if, as he delivered up the property of Job to those who took them captive, and to the horsemen, so also he delivered them up to a certain power, subordinate to "the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience,"
"For we also were once children of wrath, even as others; but God, being rich in mercy, for the great love wherewith He loved us, when we were now dead in trespasses, quickened us together with Christ."
Fuerint autem ii, quos significat prophetia, libidinosi intemperantes, qui sunt caudis suis pugnaces, tenebrarum"irreque filii,"
In perfect agreement with reason was that indignation which resulted from his desire to maintain discipline and order. When, however, he says, "We were formerly the children of wrath,"
and, "We also were by nature children of wrath; "
But the apostle, too, had lived in Judaism; and when he parenthetically observed of the sins (of that period of his life), "in which also we all had our conversation in times past,"
he must not be understood to indicate that the Creator was the lord of sinful men, and the prince of this air; but as meaning that in his Judaism he had been one of the children of disobedience, having the devil as his instigator-when he persecuted the church and the Christ of the Creator. Therefore he says: "We also were the children of wrath," but "by nature."
, but by the election of their fathers, he (must have) referred their being children of wrath to nature, and not to the Creator, adding this at lasts" even as others,"
Similarly, too, (when writing) to the Ephesians, while recalling past (deeds), he warns (them) concerning the future: "In which we too had our conversation, doing the concupiscences and pleasures of the flesh."
Any one, moreover, who reads in the second book of Kings of the "wrath" of God, inducing David to number the people, and finds from the first book of Chronicles that it was the devil who suggested this measure, will, on comparing together the two statements, easily see for what purpose the "wrath" is mentioned, of which "wrath," as the Apostle Paul declares, all men are children: "We were by nature children of wrath, even as others."
yourselves with meekness, become the imitators of His sufferings, and of His love, wherewith
it declares at once their life and ours. For "those who were dead in sins are quickened together with Christ,"
Sed non falsum dixit Dominus; revera enim opera dissolvit cupiditatis, avaritiam, contentionem, gloriae cupiditatem, mulierum insanum amorem, paedicatum, ingluviem, luxum et profusionem, et quae sunt his similia. Horum autem ortus, est animae interitus: siquidem "delictis mortui" efficimur.
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.
break through those things which are treasured up in heaven, and through the heart which is in heaven and therefore says, "He raised us up with Him, and made us to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ,"
for man, so that coming to maturity in them, he may produce the fruit of immortality; and who, through His kindness, also bestows [upon him] eternal things, "that in the ages to come He may show the exceeding riches of His grace; "
Now that after this age, which is said to be formed for the consummation of other ages, there will he other ages again to follow, we have clearly learned from Paul himself, who says, "That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us."
into which joy many desire to enter, knowing that "by grace ye are saved, not of works,"
whence also by grace we are saved, according to that word of the apostle, "and that not of yourselves, nor of works, Jest any man should boast; "
which he has already infected with the implanted germ of sin. "We," says he, "are His workmanship, created in Christ."
and shall it not be possible for God, in the case of His own organ,
To illustrate: the noble apostle circumcised Timothy, though loudly declaring and writing that circumcision made with hands profits nothing.
having no hope, and without God in the world."
For many will their regrets be; for they have no hope, but have despaired of themselves and their life.
Wherefore the apostle reproves us, saying, "And ye were strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world."
them to remember, that at the time when they were Gentiles they were without Christ, aliens from (the commonwealth of) Israel, without intercourse, without the covenants and any hope of promise, nay, without God, even in his own world,
who is now in some sense an "alien" and "stranger."
the inheritance of eternal life upon foreign nations, and collect to Himself a more faithful people out of those who were aliens
among whom He is persecuted even until now, but proclaimed among the Gentiles and believed in,-for His word has run over the whole world,-he will see that in His own country Jesus had no honour, hut that among those who were "strangers from the covenants,"
And again: "But now, in Christ, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
and again to the same he says, "Ye who formerly were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ; "
it declares both the correction of the Hebrews themselves, and the training and advancement of us who are nigh:
of Israel belonged, and the covenants and the promise. "But now in Christ," says he, "ye who were sometimes far off are made nigh by His blood."
For the Creator's righteousness no less than His peace was announced in Christ, as we have often shown already. Therefore he says: "He is our peace, who hath made both one"
" But who has blotted out our transgressions? Paul the apostle teaches us, saying, "He is our peace who made both one; "
For the servants in irreconcilable enmity has been born the Lord; and One has sojourned with us to be the bond of peace and the Redeemer of those led captive, and to be the peace for those involved in hostility. For He is our peace;
and broke through the enclosure
His exalted Godhead by the manhood which He took, and was crucified, and descended to the place of the dead, and broke through the enclosure
for the expression, "I live, yet no longer I," was the voice of one denying himself, as of one who had laid aside his own life and taken on himself the Christ, in order that He might live in him as Righteousness, and as Wisdom, and as Sanctification, and as our Peace,
and again, "Abolishing in His flesh the enmities, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances."
What is near, and what was far off now that "the middle wall has been broken down" of their "enmity," (are made one) "in His flesh."
"one new man, making peace" (really new, and really man-no phantom-but new, and newly born of a virgin by the Spirit of God), "that He might reconcile both unto God"
(even the God whom both races had offended-both Jew and Gentile), "in one body," says he, "having in it slain the enmity by the cross."
He, appearing in these last times, the chief cornerstone, has gathered into one, and united those that were far off and those that were near;
Therefore the Spirit and the Gospel will be found in the Christ, who was foretrusted, because foretold. Again, "the Father of glory"
"When, therefore, He came and preached peace to them that were near and to them which were afar off," we both obtained "access to the Father," being "now no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (even of Him from whom, as we have shown above, we were aliens, and placed far off), "built upon the foundation of the apostles"
, and make "peace for those that are afar off," that is, for material and earthly beings; and "peace for those that are near,"
Eph. 2:17 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also Paul to the Ephesians: "And when He had come, He preached peace to you, to those which are afar off, and peace to those which are near, because through Him we both have access in one Spirit unto the Father."
like sons of peace bestowing peace on those who are worthy, as it is written, "He came and preached peace to you that are nigh, and them that are far off, whom the Lord knows to be His,"
" "And the stones, sir," I said, "which were taken out of the pit and fitted into the building: what are they? ""The first," he said, "the ten, viz, that were placed as a foundation, are the first generation, and the twenty-five the second generation, of righteous men; and the thirty-five are the prophets of God and His ministers; and the forty are the apostles and teachers of the preaching of the Son of God."
Certainly He is called "the chief corner stone; in whom the whole building, fitly joined together, groweth into an holy temple of God,"
, among the Jews from Jerusalem," among the other things named, "the wise architect" too,
Stones are they, even foundation stones, upon which we are ourselves edified-"built," as St. Paul says, "upon the foundation of the apostles,"
since the apostle himself never fails to build us up everywhere with (the words of) the prophets. For whence did he learn to call Christ "the chief corner-stone,"
and Paul also says, "Being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ our Lord being the chief cornerstone."
Peter speaks there, on whom the Church was to be built,
was to be manifested in flesh, and to sojourn among us. For, my brethren, the habitation of our heart is a holy temple to the Lord.
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