should now do those thingsyourselves, which in yourinstructions you haveprescribed to others.
Only pray for me, thatGod would give me bothinward and outward strength,that I may not only say, butwill; nor be only called achristian, but be found one.
For if I shall be found achristian, I may thendeservedly be called one;and be thought faithful, whenI shall no longer appear tothe world.
Nothing is good, that isseen.
For even our God, JesusChrist, now that he is in theFather, does so much themore appear.
A christian is not a workof opinion; but of greatnessof mind, especially when heis hated by the world.CHAPTER. II.
Expresses his great desireand determination to suffer martyrdom.
I WRITE to the churches, andsignify to them all, that I amwilling to die for God, unlessyou hinder me.
I beseech you that youshow not an unseasonablegood will towards me. Sufferme to be food to the wildbeasts, by whom I shallattain unto God.
For I am the wheat of God,and I shall be ground by theteeth of the wild-beasts, thatI may be found the purebread of Christ. Ratherencourage the beasts, thatthey may became mysepulchre, and may let livenothing of my body; thatbeing dead I may not betroublesome to any.
Then shall I be truly thedisciple of Jesus Christ, whenthe world shall not see somuch as my body. Praytherefore unto Christ for me,that by these instruments Imay be made the sacrifice of God.
I do not, as Peter and Paul,command you. They wereApostles, I a condemnedman; they were free, but I ameven to this day a servant:
But if I shall suffer, I shallthen become the freeman of Jesus Christ, and shall risefree. And now, being inbonds, I learn not to desireany thing.
From Syria even untoRome, I fight with beastsboth by sea and land; bothnight and day: being boundto ten leopards, that is tosay, to such a band of soldiers, who, though treatedwith all manner of kindness,are the worse for it.
But I am the moreinstructed by their injuries;yet am I not therefore justified.
May I enjoy the wildbeasts that are prepared forme; which also I wish mayexercise all their fiercenessupon me.
And whom for that end Iwill encourage, that they maybe sure to devour me, and