Patristics Thursday.

I’ve found another good source of translations for the early church fathers: the Patristics project. In general, I’d ignore their blog and look instead at the source. They have collected Ignatious’ letters — this one is to the Ephesians. The Calvinist in me notes (as Calvin did) that Predestination was doctrine before Augustine and it is a universal part of Church teaching.

We were chose for CHrist before the creation of the world, and for that we should give God praise.

Ignatius considered all else dross, even his life, that he could bear witness to Christ.

Ignatius, who is also called Theopharus, to the Church which is at Ephesus, in Asia, deservedly most happy, being blessed in the greatness and fullness of God the Father, and predestined before the beginning of time, that it should be always for an enduring and unchangeable glory, being united and elected through the true passion by the will of the Father, and Jesus Christ, our God: Abundant happiness through Jesus Christ, and His undefiled grace.

I have become acquainted with your name, much-beloved in God, which ye have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Jesus Christ our Savior. Being the followers of God, and stirring up yourselves by the blood of God, ye have perfectly accomplished the work which was beseeming to you. For, on hearing that I came bound from Syria for the common name and hope, trusting through your prayers to be permitted to fight with beasts at Rome, that so by martyrdom I may indeed become the disciple of Him “who gave Himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God,”[ye hastened to see me]. I received, therefore, your whole multitude in the name of God, through Onesimus, a man of inexpressible love, and your bishop in the flesh, whom I pray you by Jesus Christ to love, and that you would all seek to be like him. And blessed be He who has granted unto you, being worthy, to obtain such an excellent bishop.

Ignatius, Letter to the Ephesians