News you need to know: Selected passages from our early Christian church fathers- Part one

The following is the first in a multi-part summary which will present selected passages from our early Christian church fathers. The numerous extra-Biblical sources that will be utilized to accomplish this will preface each set of passages. Each selected passage that I choose to emphasize will include the chapter where it is derived from. This abridgment is based on passages that I find of great theological and historical value which can also be used as a facilitator for sharing the Gospel of Christ. 

Why am I doing this? Well, consider that Christianity did not spring up from a theological vacuum but instead its historical roots burrow deep into the very origins of time. For my own benefit and that of my family, I am purposing to dig through the historical records myself so as to be able to knowledgeably speak from available evidences concerning the theological beliefs and customs of our early Christian fathers.  

I pray that it will prove to be fascinating to the student of history and especially encouraging for the Christian. It will take time yet should yield a handy little summarization of early Christian philosophy. Your comments will add significant value to this endeavor so please do not withhold from sharing them.   

Blessings, Jim Richardson

 THE FIRST EPISTLE OF CLEMENT TO THE CORINTHIANS [A.D. 30-100.]   

INTRODUCTION

Clement was probably a Gentile and a Roman. He seems to have been at Philippi with St. Paul (A.D. 57). From the apostle, and his companion, St. Luke, he had no doubt learned the use of the Septuagint, in which his knowledge of the Greek tongue soon rendered him an adept. This Epistle will be found animated with the loving and faithful spirit of St. Paul’s dear Philippians, among whom the writer had learned the Gospel. The general opinion is that Clement is the same as the person of that name referred to by St. Paul (Philippians 4:3). This Epistle was held in very great esteem by the early Church. The account given of it by Eusebius (Hist. Eccl., 3. 16) and its place in the Alexandrian MS., immediately after the inspired books, is in harmony with the position thus assigned it in the primitive Church.

CHAPTER 5 THE MARTYRDOM OF PETER AND PAUL

Peter, through unrighteous envy, endured not one or two, but numerous labors, and when he had at length suffered martyrdom, departed to the place of glory due to him. Owing to envy, Paul also obtained the reward of patient endurance, after being seven times thrown into captivity, compelled to flee, and stoned. After preaching both in the east and west, he gained the illustrious reputation due to his faith, having taught righteousness to the whole world, and come to the extreme limit of the west, and suffered martyrdom under the prefects. Thus was he removed from the world, and went into the holy place, having proved himself a striking example of patience.

CHAPTER 7 AN EXHORTATION TO REPENTANCE

These things, beloved, we write unto you, not merely to admonish you of your duty, but also to remind ourselves. For we are struggling on the same arena, and the same conflict is assigned to both of us. Let us attend to what is good, pleasing, and acceptable in the sight of Him who formed us. Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world. Let us turn to every age that has passed, and learn that, from generation to generation, the Lord has granted a place of repentance to all such as would be converted unto Him. 

CHAPTER 8 CONTINUATION RESPECTING REPENTANCE

As I live, saith the Lord, I desire not the death of the sinner, but rather his repentance;” Wash you, and become clean; put away the wickedness of your souls from before mine eyes; cease from your evil ways, and learn to do well; seek out judgment, deliver the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and see that justice is done to the widow; and come, and let us reason together.

CHAPTER 32 WE ARE JUSTIFIED NOT BY OUR OWN WORKS, BUT BY FAITH

And we, too, being called by His will in Christ Jesus, are not justified by ourselves, nor by our own wisdom, or understanding, or godliness, or works which we have wrought in holiness of heart; but by that faith through which, from the beginning, Almighty God has justified all men; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

CHAPTER 38 LET THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH SUBMIT THEMSELVES, AND NO ONE EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE ANOTHER

Let our whole body, then, be preserved in Christ Jesus; and let every one be subject to his neighbor, according to the special gift bestowed upon him. Since, therefore, we receive all these things from Him, we ought for everything to give Him thanks; to whom be glory for ever and ever.

CHAPTER 51 LET THE PARTAKERS IN STRIFE ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SINS

Let us therefore implore forgiveness for all those transgressions which through any suggestion of the adversary we have committed. For it is better that a man should acknowledge his transgressions than that he should harden his heart, as the hearts of those were hardened who stirred up sedition against Moses the servant of God, and whose condemnation was made manifest unto all.

Next time:

THE EPISTLE OF MATHETES TO DIOGNETUS

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