The QuasiChristian

Critical Thinking and Spiritual Reasoning

Ancient Christian Sermon: Commonly Known As Second Clement (Part 2)


2. “Rejoice, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and shout, you who have no labor pains; for the deserted woman has more children than she who has a husband.” Now when he said, “Rejoice, O barren woman, who bears no children,” he spoke of us, for our church was barren before children were given to it. (2) And when he said, “shout, you who have no labor pains,” he means this: we should offer up our prayers to God sincerely, and not grow weary like women in labor. (3) And he said, “for the deserted woman has more children than she who has a husband,” because our people seemed to be abandoned by God, but now that we have believed, we have become more numerous than those who seemed to have God. (4) And another Scripture says, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (5) He means this: that it is necessary to save those who are perishing. (6) For this is a great and marvelous thing, to support not those things that are standing but those that are falling. (7) So also Christ willed to save what was perishing, and he saved many when he came and called us who were already perishing.

Holmes, M. W. (1999). The Apostolic Fathers : Greek texts and English translations (Updated ed.) (107–109). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

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September 11, 2010 - Posted by | Church History, Sermon | , , ,

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