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Romans

Romans

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 THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO
ROMANS
CHAPTER I.
Ignatius testifies his desireto see, and his hopes osuffering for Christ 5 whichhe earnestly entreats themnot to prevent, 10 but to pray for him, that God would strengthen him to thecombat.
IGNATIUS, who is also called Theophorus, to the churchwhich has obtained mercyfrom the majesty of the MostHigh Father, and his onlybegotten Son Jesus Christ;beloved, and illuminatedthrough the will of him whowilleth all things which areaccording to the love of JesusChrist our God; which alsopresides in the place of theregion of the Romans; andwhich I salute in the name of  Jesus Christ, as being unitedboth in flesh and spirit to allhis commands, and filed withthe grace of God; with all joyin Jesus Christ our God.
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Forasmuch as I have atlast obtained through myprayers to God, permission tosee your faces, which I muchdesired to do; being bound in Jesus Christ, I hope ere longto salute you, if it shall bethe will of God to grant me toattain unto the end I long for.
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For the beginning is welldisposed, if I shall but havegrace, without hindrance, toreceive what is appointed forme.
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But I fear your love, lest itdo me an injury; for it is easyfor you to do what youplease; but it will be hard forme to attain unto God, if youspare me.
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But I would not that yeshould please men, but God;whom also ye do, please. Forneither shall I hereafter havesuch an opportunity of goingunto God; nor will you, if yeshall now be silent, ever beentitled to a better work. Forif you, shall be silent in mybehalf, I shall be madepartaker of God.
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But if you shall love mybody, I shall have my courseagain to run. Wherefore yecannot do me a greaterkindness, than to suffer meto be sacrificed unto God,now that the altar is alreadyprepared:
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That when ye shall begathered together in love, yenay give thanks to the Fatherthrough Christ Jesus, that hehas vouchsafed to bring abishop of Syria unto you,being called from the eastunto the west.
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For it is good for me toturn from the world, untoGod; that I may rise againunto him.
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Ye have never envied anyone; ye have taught others. Iwould therefore that ye
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should now do those thingsyourselves, which in yourinstructions you haveprescribed to others.
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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.
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For if I shall be found achristian, I may thendeservedly be called one;and be thought faithful, whenI shall no longer appear tothe world.
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Nothing is good, that isseen.
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For even our God, JesusChrist, now that he is in theFather, does so much themore appear.
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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 suffemartyrdom.
I WRITE to the churches, andsignify to them all, that I amwilling to die for God, unlessyou hinder me.
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I beseech you that youshow not an unseasonablegood will towards me. Sufferme to be food to the wildbeasts, by whom I shallattain unto God.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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 osoldiers, who, though treatedwith all manner of kindness,are the worse for it.
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But I am the moreinstructed by their injuries;yet am I not therefore justified.
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May I enjoy the wildbeasts that are prepared forme; which also I wish mayexercise all their fiercenessupon me.
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And whom for that end Iwill encourage, that they maybe sure to devour me, and
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not serve me as they havedone some, whom out of fearthey have not touched. But if they will not do it willingly, Iwill provoke them to it.
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Pardon me in this matter;I know what is profitable forme, now I begin to be adisciple. Not shall any thingmove me whether visible orinvisible, that I may attain to Jesus Christ.
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Let fire and the cross; letthe companies of wild beasts;let breakings of bones, andtearing of members; let theshattering in pieces of thewhole body, and all thewicked torments of the devilcome upon me; only let meenjoy Jesus Christ.
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All the ends of the world,and the kingdoms of it, willprofit me nothing: I wouldrather die for Jesus Christ,than rule to the utmost endsof the earth. Him I seek whodied for us; him I desire whorose again for us. This is thegain that is laid up for me.
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Pardon me, my brethren,ye shall not hinder me fromliving; nor seeing I desire togo to God, may you separateme from him, for the sake of this world;—nor induce me byany of the desires of it.Suffer me to enter into purelight, where being come, Ishall be indeed the servant of God.
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Permit me to imitate thepassion of my God. If any onehas God within himself, lethim consider what I desire;and let him have compassionon me, as knowing how I amstraightened.CHAPTER III.
Further expresses his desireto suffer.
THE prince of this worldwould fain carry me away,and corrupt my resolutiontowards my God. Let none of you therefore help him;rather do ye join with me,that is, with God.
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Do not speak with JesusChrist, and yet covet theworld. Let not any envy dwellwith you; no, not though Imyself, when I shall be comeunto you, should exhort youto it, yet do not ye hearkento me; but rather believewhat I now write to you.
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For though I am alive atthe writing of this, yet mydesire is to die. My love iscrucified; and the fire that iswithin me does not desireany water; but being aliveand springing within me,says, Come to the Father.
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I take no pleasure in thefood of corruption, nor in thepleasures of this life.
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I desire the bread of Godwhich is the flesh of JesusChrist, of the seed of David;and the drink that I long foris his blood, which isincorruptible love.
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I have no desire to liveany longer after the mannerof men; neither shall I, if youconsent. Be ye thereforewilling, that ye yourselvesalso maybe pleasing to God. Iexhort you in a few words; I
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