First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians by Clement of Rome, Aeterna Press

By Clement of Rome, Aeterna Press

Owing, expensive brethren, to the surprising and successive calamitous occasions that have occurred to ourselves, we believe that we've got been a little tardy in turning our cognizance to the issues respecting that you consulted us; and particularly to that shameful and detestable sedition, completely abhorrent to the select of God, which a number of rash and self-confident individuals have kindled to this type of pitch of frenzy, that your venerable and illustrious identify, helpful to be universally enjoyed, has suffered grievous damage. For who ever dwelt even for a little while between you, and didn't locate your religion to be as fruitful of advantage because it was once firmly demonstrated? Who didn't appreciate the sobriety and moderation of your godliness in Christ? Who didn't proclaim the beauty of your recurring hospitality?

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Observe that nothing of an unjust or counterfeit character is written in them. There you will not find that the righteous were cast off by men who themselves were holy. The righteous were indeed persecuted, but only by the wicked. They were cast into prison, but only by the unholy; they were stoned, but only by transgressors; they were slain, but only by the accursed, and such as had conceived an unrighteous envy against them. Exposed to such sufferings, they endured them gloriously. For what shall we say, brethren?

For thus it must be] unless we walk worthy of Him, and with one mind do those things which are good and well-pleasing in His sight. " Let us reflect how near He is, and that none of the thoughts or reasonings in which we engage are hid from Him. It is right, therefore, that we should not leave the post which His will has assigned us. Let us rather offend those men who are foolish, and inconsiderate, and lifted up, and who glory in the pride of their speech, than [offend] God. Let us reverence the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was given for us; let us esteem those who have the rule over us; let us honour the aged among us; let us train up the young men in the fear of God; let us direct our wives to that which is good.

Both these appointments, then, were made in an orderly way, according to the will of God. Having therefore received their orders, and being fully assured by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and established in the word of God, with full assurance of the Holy Ghost, they went forth proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand. And thus preaching through countries and cities, they appointed the first-fruits [of their labours], having first proved them by the Spirit, to be bishops and deacons of those who should afterwards believe.

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