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“Cyprian On The Unity of the Church - Latin Text with English translation”
On the Unity of the Church, 4 - 6
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books A selection below J. Patout Burns ----- Allen Brent
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J. Patout Burns
(4) If any one consider and examine these things,
there is no need for lengthened discussion and arguments. There is easy proof
for faith in a short summary of the truth. The Lord speaks to Peter, saying, "I
say unto thee, that thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee
the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall
be bound also in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven." And again to the same He says, after His resurrection, "Feed
my sheep." And although to all the apostles, after His resurrection, He gives an
equal power, and says, "As the Father hath sent me, even so send I you: Receive
ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they shall be remitted unto him;
and whose soever sins ye retain, they shall be retained;" yet, that He might set
forth unity, He arranged by His authority the origin of that unity, as beginning
from one. Assuredly the rest of the apostles were also the same as was Peter,
endowed with a like partnership both of honour and power; but the beginning
proceeds from unity. Which one Church, also, the Holy Spirit in the Song of
Songs designated in the person of our Lord, and says, "My dove, my spotless one,
is but one. She is the only one of her mother, elect of her that bare her." Does
he who does not hold this unity of the Church think that he holds the faith?
Does he who strives against and resists the Church trust that he is in the
Church, when moreover the blessed Apostle Paul teaches the same thing, and sets
forth the sacrament of unity, saying, "There is one body and one spirit, one
hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God?"
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Cyprian De Unitate Ecclesiae - Latin Text with English
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