Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ephesians 3:3 (Ignatius of Antioch)

Greek: καὶ γὰρ Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, τὸ ἀδιάκριτον ἡμῶν ζῆν, τοῦ πατρὸς ἡ γνώμη, ὡς καὶ οἱ ἐπίσκοποι, οἱ κατὰ τὰ πέρατα ὁρισθέντες, ἐν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ γνώμῃ εἰσίν.

"For even Jesus Christ, our inseparable life, is the [manifested] will of the Father; as also bishops, settled everywhere to the utmost bounds [of the earth], are so by the will of Jesus Christ" (New Advent).

"Surely, Jesus Christ, our inseparable life, for His part is the mind of the Father, just as the bishops, though appointed throughout the vast, wide earth, represent for their part the mind of Jesus Christ" (Kleist).

"for Jesus Christ also, our inseparable life, is the mind of the Father, even as the bishops that are settled in the farthest parts of the earth are in the mind of Jesus Christ" (Lightfoot).

"For Jesus Christ—that life from which we can't be torn—is the Father's mind, as the bishops too, appointed the world over, reflect the mind of Jesus Christ" (Cyril Richardson).

For the complete Greek text of Ephesians 3:3ff, see http://www.ccel.org/l/lake/fathers/ignatius-ephesians.htm


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Matt13weedhacker said...

Interesting to compare Justin Martyr on this.

Dial. 56.11 “...[ἕτερός ἐστι] distinct from Him who made all things : [ἀριθμῷ λέγω ἀλλὰ οὐ] I mean he is distinct in number, but not in [γνώμῃ] intellectual initiative...” Translation E. R. Goodenough, Page 155 “The Theology of Justin Martyr”.

Dial. 127.4 “...is also [θεὸν no article] God according to His [βουλὴν] will, His Son, and he is an angel because he ministers to [τῇ γνώμῃ αὐτοῦ] Gods purpose...” [cf. Dial. 60.3 τῇ τοῦ ποιητοῦ τῶν ὅλων θελήσει ὑπηρετῶν καὶ ἐν τῇ κρίσει τῶν Σοδόμων τῇ βουλῇ αὐτοῦ ὁμοίως ὑπηρετήσας], Translation E. R. Goodenough, Page 156 “The Theology of Justin Martyr”.