Origen's An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works PDF

By Origen

ISBN-10: 0809121980

ISBN-13: 9780809121984

Listed below are the $64000 and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) used to be born in Alexandria and lived during the turbulent years through the cave in of the Roman Empire.

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Reading SYl1afhroizoll1eJ1011 instead of SYflago11izoll1f11011 , as Koetschau suggests. 10. , good and evil. Cf. 27. 53 ORIGEN AN EXHORT A TION TO MARTYRDOM rejoice in evil, will cheer. And it is in no way foolish to see by using Isaiah's words what will be said by those in hell to the ones who have been defeated and have fallen from their heavenly martyrdom. This will make us shudder all the more at the impiety of denying. For this is what I think will be said to the person who has denied, "Hell below is stirred up to meet you; all the giants who ruled the earth have been raised up for you; they raise all the kings of the nations from their thrones.

But this was not at all the Father's will, which was wiser than the Son's will, since He was ordering events by a way and an order beyond what the Savior saw. At any rate, clearly "the cup of salvation" in Psalms is the death of the martyrs. That is why the verse "I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord" is followed by "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Ps. 116:13, 15). Therefore, death comes to us as "precious" if we are God's saints and worthy of dying not the common death, if I may call it that, but a special kind of death, Christian, religious, and holy.

Furthermore, we must recognize that the person who confesses the Son before men commends, as far as it is his to do so Christianity and the Father of Christianity to those before whom h~ conf~sses. But the one who is confessed by the First Born of all creatlOn and by the Son of Man is commended through the confession of the Son of God and the Son of Man to the Father in heaven and to the angels of God. And if it is not the one who commends himself that is tried and true, but the one whom the Lord commends (2 Cor.

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