Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

“I shall give you another testimony, my friends,” said I, “from the Scriptures, that God begat before all creatures a Beginning, [who was] a certain rational power [proceeding] from Himself, who is called by the Holy Spirit, now the Glory of the Lord, now the Son, again Wisdom, again an Angel, then God, and then Lord and Logos; and on another occasion He calls Himself Captain, when He appeared in human form to Joshua the son of Nave (Nun). For He can be called by all those names, since He ministers to the Father’s will, and since He was begotten of the Father by an act of will; just as we see happening among ourselves: for when we give out some word, we beget the word; yet not by abscission, so as to lessen the word [which remains] in us, when we give it out: and just as we see also happening in the case of a fire, which is not lessened when it has kindled [another], but remains the same; and that which has been kindled by it likewise appears to exist by itself, not diminishing that from which it was kindled.”

Justin Martyr: Dialogue of Justin, Philosopher and Martyr, with Trypho, a Jew part 5: ch lxi

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2 thoughts on “Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

  1. Hey…was really interested in the quote. It really held my grip. Is it just me or is it hard to fathom that before the Beginning God begat the Beginning? If the Beginning is the beginning, then what slot was there before him in which to conduct the begetting? Nonetheless, it is fascinating, I just found it paradoxical on that account. If you speak of something as prior to the beginning, then it is, by reference to its own definition, not itself.

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