Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Early Christian Quotes on God's Protection

Early Christian Quotes on God's Protection

The Odes of Solomon (1st or 2nd Century) 39:

Raging rivers are the power of the Lord; they send headlong those who despise Him. 
And entangle their paths, and destroy their crossings. 
And snatch their bodies, and corrupt their natures. 
For they are more swift than lightnings, even more rapid. 
But those who cross them in faith shall not be disturbed. 
And those who walk on them faultlessly shall not be shaken. 
Because the sign on them is the Lord, and the sign is the Way for those who cross in the name of the Lord. 
Therefore, put on the name of the Most High and know Him, and you shall cross without danger; because rivers shall be obedient to you. 
The Lord has bridged them by His Word, and He walked and crossed them on foot. 
And His footsteps stand firm upon the waters, and were not destroyed; but they are like a beam of wood that is constructed on truth. 
On this side and on that the waves were lifted up, but the footsteps of our Lord Messiah stand firm. 
And they are neither blotted out, nor destroyed. 
And the Way has been appointed for those who cross over after Him, and for those who adhere to the path of His faith; and who adore His name. 

Clement of Alexandria’s Miscellanies, Book 4 (Early 3rd Century) Chapter 11, Paragraphs 1, 3:

But, say they, if God cares for you, why are you persecuted and put to death? Has He delivered you to this? No, we do not suppose that the Lord wishes us to be involved in calamities, but that He foretold prophetically what would happen -- that we should be persecuted for His name's sake, slaughtered, and impaled. So that it was not that He wished us to be persecuted, but He intimated beforehand what we shall suffer by the prediction of what would take place, training us to endurance, to which He promised the inheritance…

But why are you not helped when persecuted? say they. What wrong is done us, as far as we are concerned, in being released by death to go to the Lord, and so undergoing a change of life, as if a change from one time of life to another? Did we think rightly, we should feel obliged to those who have afforded the means for speedy departure…So that each one of us may with confidence say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear: what shall man do to me?" "For the souls of the righteous are in the hand of the Lord, and no plague shall touch them."

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