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In our series on the patristic writings, we return to 2 Clement. Our series uses for its text Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers.
What’s 2 Clement about? It’s an exhortation to faithfulness to the way of Christ in the face of threats like gnosticism, false teachers and rebellion against leaders. I reads like a sermon.
Christians - World - Worldliness - Appeals - Text
He calls the Christians to turn from the world and worldliness, and he appeals to a text that is not precisely known, while some think it might be The Gospel of the Egyptians. V. 2 sounds like Jesus in Matthew 10 but vv. 3- 4 does sound a bit like Matthew 10 while some of it does not.
2Clem. 5:1 Therefore, brothers and sisters, let us turn away from life as transient residents in this world and do the will of the one who called us, and let us not be afraid to depart from this world. 2 For the Lord says, “You will be like lambs among wolves.” 3 But Peter answered and said to him, “What if the wolves tear the lambs to pieces?” 4 Jesus said to Peter, “After the lambs are dead, let them fear the wolves no longer, and as for you, do not fear those who, though they kill you, are not able to do anything else to you, but fear the one who, after you are dead, has the power to cast soul and body into the flames of ****.”
World - Promise - Christ - Clement - Life
The world is transitory; the promise of Christ is eternal. Clement calls them to a life that is holy and righteous.
5 Moreover you know, brothers and sisters, that our stay in this world of the flesh is insignificant and transitory, but the promise of Christ is great and marvelous: rest in the coming kingdom and eternal life! 6 What, then, must...
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