thus setting forth the mystery of these Aeons. They maintain also, that these thirty Aeons are most plainly indicated in the parable
Also by the parable of the workmen who were sent into the vineyard at different periods of the day, one and the same God is declared
having laboured for the "one penny "
"The God of gods hath spoken, and called the earth." Now God, according to the Gospel,
) of the law was limited in power, they will find in our dispensation, that "many are called, but few chosen; "
Let us beware lest we be found [fulfilling that saying], as it is written, "Many are called, but few are chosen."
the last like the first."
For this reason did the Lord declare that the first should in truth be last, and the last first.
disobedience of a vast number of them, do allege that there was indeed one God of these men, and that He was the maker of the world, and existed in a state of degeneracy; but that there was another Father declared by Christ, and that this Being is He who has been conceived by the mind of each of them; not understanding that as, in the former case, God showed Himself not well pleased in many stances towards those who sinned, so also in the latter, "many are called, but few are chosen."
"Many rod-bearers there are, but few Bacchi," according to Plato. "For many are called, but few chosen."
and "the first shall," as He shows, "be last; "
He said that he who did the will of the Father was "the last."
`But many, 'said He also, `are called, but few chosen.'
drew near unto Him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshipping, and seeking a certain thing from Him."
teness, and the name unknown ( to every man save him that receiveth it); now power to rule with a rod of iron, and the brightness of the morning star; now the being clothed in white raiment, and not having the name blotted out of the book of life, and being made in the temple of God a pillar with the inscription on it of the name of God and of the Lord, and of the heavenly Jerusalem; now a sitting with the Lord on His throne,-which once was persistently refused to the sons of Zebedee.
" "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.
For He who placed some "on the right hand, and others on the left,"
This Gnostic, to speak compendiously, makes up for the absence of the apostles, by the rectitude of his life, the accuracy of his knowledge, by benefiting his relations, by "removing the mountains" of his neighbours, and putting away the irregularities of their soul. Although each of us is his
or sacrifice, and prepared to be an acceptable burnt-offering unto God, looked up to heaven, and said, "O Lord God Almighty, the Father of thy beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, by whom we have received the knowledge of Thee, the God of angels and powers, and of every creature, and of the whole race of the righteous who live before thee, I give Thee thanks that Thou hast counted me, worthy of this day and this hour, that I should have a part in the number of Thy martyrs, in the cup
You see another kind of food which, similarly with milk, represents figuratively the will of God. Besides, also, the completion of His own passion He called catachrestically "a cup,"
for all things belong to God, who supplies all with a suitable dwelling-place, even as His word says, that a share is given to all by the Father,
And they who gave in their branches green and cracked were always faithful and good, though emulous of each other about the foremost places, and about fame:
But it is worth while considering whether the sitting on the right hand and on the left band of the Saviour in His kingdom refers to them, so that the words, "But for whom it is prepared," were
"The princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,"
but as a gentle shepherd, "gathering the lambs into thy bosom, and gently leading those which are with young."
For says He: "He that will be great among you, let him be your minister; and he that will be first among you, let him be your servant."
Celsus says further, that we assert that "all things have been arranged so as to be subject to us," having perhaps heard some of the intelligent among us speaking to that effect, and perhaps also not understanding the saying, that "he who is the greatest amongst us is the servant of all."
or lovers of money, but temperate in all things, compassionate, industrious, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who was the servant
Such is our Instructor, righteously good. "I came not," He says, "to be ministered unto, but to minister."
because toiling for us, and promising "to give His life a ransom for many."
Let every one therefore know his proper place, and discharge it diligently with one consent, with one mind, as knowing the reward of their ministration; but let them not be ashamed to minister to those that are in want, as even our" Lord Jesus Christ came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many."
his position, and what he does in this manner shall be held null and void; but whatever it may be necessary to do or to arrange with regard to the cases of the body of provincial bishops, and the necessities of their churches and clergy and laity, this should be done by consent of all the pontiffs of the same province, and that too without any pride of lordship, but with the most humble and harmonious action, even as the Lord says: "I came not to be ministered unto, but to minister."
Now bring together from the Gospels those who call Him Son of David, as she, and the blind men in Jericho;
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