THE EPISTLE OF POLYCARP TO THE PHILIPPIANS [A.D. 65-100-155.]
Irenaeus was his disciple, and tells us that “Polycarp was instructed by the apostles, and was brought into contact with many who had seen Christ”. Ignatius and Polycarp seem to have been friends from the days of their common pupilage under St. John.
CHAPTER 1 PRAISE OF THE PHILIPPIANS
I have greatly rejoiced with you in our Lord Jesus Christ, because ye have followed the example of true love because the strong root of your faith, spoken of in days long gone by, endureth even until now, and bringeth forth fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sins suffered even unto death, [but] “whom God raised froth the dead, having loosed the bands of the grave.” To Him all things” in heaven and on earth are subject. Him every spirit serves.
CHAPTER 6 THE DUTIES OF DEACONS, YOUTHS, AND VIRGINS
Deacons should be blameless before the face of His righteousness, let the young men also be blameless in all things, being especially careful to preserve purity, and keeping themselves in, as with a bridle, from every kind of evil. The virgins also must walk in a blameless and pure conscience.
CHAPTER 7 AVOID THE DOCETAE, AND PERSEVERE IN FASTING AND PRAYER
“For whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is antichrist;” and whosoever does not confess the testimony of the cross, is of the devil; and whosoever perverts the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts, and says that there is neither a resurrection nor a judgment, he is the first-born of Satan.
THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE EPHESIANS [A.D. 30-107.]
Ignatius and Polycarp were fellow-disciples under St. John.
CHAPTER 1 PRAISE OF THE EPHESIANS
I have become acquainted with your greatly-desired name in God, which ye have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Christ Jesus our Savior.
CHAPTER 3 EXHORTATIONS TO UNITY
I do not issue orders to you, as if I were some great person. But inasmuch as love suffers me not to be silent in regard to you, I have therefore taken upon me first to exhort you that ye would run together in accordance with the will of God.
CHAPTER 7 BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS
But some most worthless persons are in the habit of carrying about the name of Jesus Christ in wicked guile, while yet they practice things unworthy of God, and hold opinions contrary to the doctrine of Christ, to their own destruction. Christ became subject to corruption, that He might free our souls from death and corruption, and heal them, and might restore them to health, when they were diseased with ungodliness and wicked lusts. But the spirit of deceit preaches himself, and speaks his own things, for he seeks to please himself. He glorifies himself, for he is full of arrogance. For, says [the Scripture], “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.” Now the way is unerring, namely, Jesus Christ. For, says He, “I am the way and the life.” And this way leads to the Father. For “no man,” says He, “cometh to the Father but by Me.” Blessed, then, are ye who are God-bearers, spirit-bearers, temple-bearers, bearers of holiness, adorned in all respects with the commandments of Jesus Christ.
CHAPTER 11 AN EXHORTATION TO FEAR GOD, ETC
The last times are come upon us. Let us therefore be of a reverent spirit, and fear the long-suffering of God, that it tend not to our condemnation. For let us either stand in awe of the wrath to come, or show regard for the grace which is at present displayed.
CHAPTER 14 EXHORTATIONS TO FAITH AND LOVE
No man [truly] making a profession of faith sinneth; nor does he that possesses love hate any one. The tree is made manifest by its fruit; so those that profess themselves to be Christians shall be recognized by their conduct. It is good to teach, if he who speaks also acts. For he who shall both “do and teach, the same shall be great in the kingdom.”
CHAPTER 18 THE GLORY OF THE CROSS
The cross of Christ is indeed a stumbling-block to those that do not believe, but to the believing it is salvation and life eternal. For the Son of God, who was begotten before time began, and established all things according to the will of the Father, He was conceived in the womb of Mary, according to the appointment of God, of the seed of David, and by the Holy Ghost.
CHAPTER 19 THREE CELEBRATED MYSTERIES
Now the virginity of Mary was hidden from the prince of this world, as was also her offspring, and the death of the Lord; three mysteries of renown, which were wrought in silence by God. Every kind of magic was destroyed, and every bond of wickedness disappeared; ignorance was removed, and the old kingdom abolished, God Himself being manifested in human form for the renewal of eternal life.
THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE MAGNESIANS [A.D. 30-107.]
CHAPTER 9 LET US LIVE WITH CHRIST
If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day. To the end, for the eighth day, on which our life both sprang up again, and the victory over death was obtained in Christ.
THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE PHILIPPIANS [A.D. 30-107.]
CHAPTER 13 VARIOUS EXHORTATIONS AND DIRECTIONS
If any one fasts on the Lord’s Day or on the Sabbath, except on the paschal Sabbath only, he is a murderer of Christ.
THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE SMYRNAEANS [A.D. 30-107.]
CHAPTER 2 CHRIST’S TRUE PASSION
The Word raised up again His own temple on the third day, when it had been destroyed by the Jews fighting against Christ. The Word, when His flesh was lifted up, after the manner of the brazen serpent in the wilderness, drew all men to Himself for their eternal salvation.
CHAPTER 3 CHRIST WAS POSSESSED OF A BODY AFTER HIS RESURRECTION
He was possessed of a body not only in His being born and crucified, but I also know that He was so after His resurrection, and believe that He is so now. He both ate and drank with them during forty entire days. And thus was He, with the flesh, received up in their sight unto Him that sent Him, being with that same flesh to come again, accompanied by glory and power. For, say the [holy] oracles, “This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, in like manner as ye have seen Him go unto heaven.”
CHAPTER 5 THEIR DANGEROUS ERRORS
Some have ignorantly denied Him, and advocate falsehood rather than the truth. These persons neither have the prophecies persuaded, nor the law of Moses, nor the Gospel even to this day, nor the sufferings we have individually endured. For they think also the same thing regarding us. Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines, fill thee with apprehension. Stand firm, as does an anvil which is beaten.
CHAPTER 6 UNBELIEVERS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST SHALL BE CONDEMNED
Let no man deceive himself. Unless he believes that Christ Jesus has lived in the flesh, and shall confess His cross and passion, and the blood which He shed for the salvation of the world, he shall not obtain eternal life.
THE EPISTLE OF BARNABAS