Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthian Church, Chapters 21-30


[21] Clement says that in view of God’s kindnesses seen in creation, the Christians at CC must live in a way that is well-pleasing to God, lest his blessings show them worthy of condemnation. They must remember that God is near, knowing our thoughts and desires. Because of that we should “offend those men who are foolish” and prideful, but we should reverence the Lord, and those who “rule over us,” directing our wives and children to do right. [22] And Christ through the Holy Spirit confirms these admonitions in Proverbs 6 and the Psalms. [23] We should not doubt God’s kindness or his warnings. [24] The Lord “continually proves” that there is a future resurrection, of which Christ’s resurrection is the first-fruits. The cycle of night giving way to day, and seed being buried in the ground yet coming forth and growing serve as daily and seasonal reminders of the resurrection to come. [25] He further uses the Phoenix (!) to illustrate the belief in the resurrection. [26] Because God regularly shows the truth of resurrection, can we doubt that he will raise us up too? [27] Because we have this hope, let us set our eyes on God who has given us these promises and who cannot lie. [28] And because this same God sees and hears all we do, let us fear him and turn from sin. [29] Let us raw near to God with holiness in heart, because of his blessings to us and because he has made us his portion. [30]  And as God’s portion, we need to avoid evil and “Let us clothe ourselves with concord and humility, ever exercising self-control, standing far off from all whispering and evil-speaking, being justified by our works, and not our words.”

Octavius Winslow on “Thoughts and Prayers”

I was reading a little bit from Octavius Winslow’s Christ and The Christian in Temptation, Counsel and Consolation for the Tempted and he discusses the nature of Christ’s intercession for us when we are tempted to sin, and he says this: Continue reading