knows the secrets of ourhearts.
It is therefore fitting, thatwe should not only be calledchristians, but be so.
As some call indeed theirgovernor, bishop; but yet doall things without him.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Neither endeavour to letanything appear rational toyourselves apart;
But being come togetherinto the same place, haveone common prayer; onesupplication; one mind; onehope; one in charity, and in joy undefiled.
There is one Lord JesusChrist, than whom nothing isbetter. Wherefore come ye alltogether, as unto one templeof God; as to one altar; as to