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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
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Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church which is at Ephesus, in Asia, deservedly most happy, being blessed in the greatness and fulness of God the Father, and predestinated before the beginning485485    Literally, “before the ages.” of time, that it should be always for an enduring and unchangeable glory, being united486486    These words may agree with “glory,” but are better applied to the “Church.” 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.

Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church which is at Ephesus, in Asia, deservedly most happy, being blessed in the greatness and fulness of God the Father, and predestinated before the beginning487487    Literally, “before the ages.” of time, that it should be always for an enduring and unchangeable glory, being united488488    These words may agree with “glory,” but are better applied to the “Church.” and elected through the true passion by the will of God the Father, and of our Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour: Abundant happiness through Jesus Christ, and His undefiled joy.489489    Some read, as in the shorter recension, “grace.”


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