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Magnesians

Magnesians

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 THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE
MAGNESIANS
CHAPTER I.
4 Ignatius mentions thearrival of Damas, theibishop, and others, 6 whomhe exhorts them to reverencenotwithstanding he was a young man.
IGNATIUS, who is also called Theophorus, to the blessedchurch, by the grace of Godthe Father, in Jesus Christ ourSaviour; through whom Isalute the church which is atMagnesia, near theMaeander: and wish it all joyin God the Father, and in Jesus Christ.
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When I heard of your well-ordered love and charity inGod, being full of joy, Idesired much to speak untoyou in the faith of JesusChrist.
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For having been thoughtworthy to obtain a mostexcellent name, in the bondswhich I carry about, I salutethe churches; wishing inthem a union both of thebody and spirit of JesusChrist, our eternal life: asalso of faith and charity, towhich nothing is preferred:but especially of Jesus andthe Father; in whom if weundergo all the injuries of theprince of this present world,and escape, we shall enjoyGod,
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Seeing, then, I have been judged worthy to see you, byDamas your most excellentbishop; and by your worthypresbyters, Bassus andApollonius; and by my fellow-servant Sotio, the deacon;
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In whom I rejoice,forasmuch as he is subjectunto his bishop as to thegrace of God; and to thepresbytery as to the law of  Jesus Christ; I determined towrite unto you.
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Wherefore it will becomeyou also not to use yourbishop too familiarly uponthe account of his youth; butto yield all reverence to himaccording to the power oGod the Father; as also Iperceive that your holypresbyters do: notconsidering his age, whichindeed to appearance isyoung; but as becomes thosewho are prudent in God,submitting to him, or rathernot to him but to the Fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ, thebishop of us all.
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It will therefore behoveyou with all sincerity, to obeyyour bishop; in honour of himwhose pleasure it is that yeshould do so.
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Because he that does notdo so, deceives not thebishop whom he sees, butaffronts him that is invisible.For whatsoever of this kind isdone, it reflects not uponman, but upon God, who
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knows the secrets of ourhearts.
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It is therefore fitting, thatwe should not only be calledchristians, but be so.
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As some call indeed theirgovernor, bishop; but yet doall things without him.
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But I can never think thatsuch as these have a goodconscience, seeing that theyare not gathered togetherthoroughly according toGod's commandment.CHAPTER II.
1 That as all must die, 4 heexhorts them to live orderly and in unity.
SEEING then all things havean end, there are these twoindifferently set before us,death and life: and everyoneshall depart unto his properplace.
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For as there are two sortsof coins, the one of God, theother of the world, and eachof these has its properinscription engraven upon it;so also is it here.
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The unbelievers are of thisworld; but the faithful,through charity have thecharacter of God the Fatherby Jesus Christ: by whom if we are not readily disposedto die after the likeness of his passion, his life is not inus.
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Forasmuch, therefore, as Ihave in the persons beforementioned, seen all of you infaith and charity; I exhortyou that ye study to do allthings in a divine concord:
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Your bishop presiding inthe place of God; yourpresbyters in the place of thecouncil of the Apostles; andyour deacons most dear tome, being entrusted with theministry of Jesus Christ; whowas the Father before allages, and appeared in theend to us.
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Wherefore taking the sameholy course, see that ye allreverence one another, andlet no one look upon hisneighbour after the flesh; butdo ye all mutually love eachother in Jesus Christ.
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Let there be nothing thatmay be able to make adivision among you; but beye united to your bishop, andthose who preside over you,to be your pattern anddirection in the way toimmortality.
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As therefore the Lord didnothing without the Father,being united to him; neitherby himself nor yet by hisApostles, so neither do ye doanything without your bishopand presbyters:
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Neither endeavour to letanything appear rational toyourselves apart;
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But being come togetherinto the same place, haveone common prayer; onesupplication; one mind; onehope; one in charity, and in joy undefiled.
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There is one Lord JesusChrist, than whom nothing isbetter. Wherefore come ye alltogether, as unto one templeof God; as to one altar; as to
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one: Jesus Christ, whoproceeded from one Father,and exists in one; and isreturned to one.CHAPTER III.
1 He cautions them against false opinions. 3 Especially those of Ebion and the Judaising Christians.
BE not deceived with strangedoctrines; nor with old fableswhich are unprofitable. For if westill continue to liveaccording to the Jewish law,we do confess ourselves notto have received grace. Foreven the most holy prophetslived according to Christ Jesus.
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And for this cause werethey persecuted, beinginspired by his grace toconvince the unbelievers anddisobedient that there is oneGod who has manifestedhimself by Jesus Christ hisSon; who is his eternal word,not coming forth fromsilence; who in all thingspleased him that sent him.
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Wherefore if they whowere brought up in theseancient laws, camenevertheless to the newnessof hope; no longer observingsabbaths, but keeping theLord's day in which also ourlife is sprung up by him, andthrough his death, whom yetsome deny:
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(By which mystery wehave been brought to believeand therefore wait that wemaybe found the disciples of  Jesus Christ, our onlymaster:)
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How shall we be able tolive different from him;whose disciples the veryprophets themselves being,did by the spirit expect himas their master;
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And therefore he whomthey justly waited for, beingcome, raised, them up fromthe dead.
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Let us not then beinsensible of his goodness;for should he have dealt withus according to our works, wehad not now had a being.
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Wherefore being becomehis disciples, let us learn tolive according to the rules of Christianity; for whosoever iscalled by any other namebesides this, he is not of God.
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Lay aside therefore the oldand sour, and evil leaven;and be ye changed into thenew leaven, which is JesusChrist.
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Be ye salted in him, lestany one among you should becorrupted; for by your Saviorye shall be judged.
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It is absurd to name Jesus Christ, and to Judaize.For the christian religion didnot embrace the Jewish, butthe Jewish the christian; thatso every tongue that believedmight be gathered togetherunto God.
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These things, mybeloved, I write unto you; notthat I know of any among youthat lie under this error: butas one of the least amongyou, I am desirous toforewarn you, that ye fall not
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