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The first millennium


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 St Paul

St Paul: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…”

“Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus’s disciples (1st century, Mark 4:41)

“Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.’”
Early speculation about Jesus (1st century, Luke 9:18-19)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”
St Paul (1st century, Colossians 1:15-16)

“God has revealed himself in his Son Jesus Christ, who is his Word issuing from the silence…”
St Ignatius of Antioch (died 110)

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 St Augustine

St Augustine: “It is because he was the victim that he was also the victor.”

“The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.”
Clement of Alexandria (150-215)

“Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God.”
St Athanasius (296-373)

“Jesus has now been celebrated about 300 years, having done nothing in his lifetime worthy of fame, unless anyone thinks it is a very great work to heal lame and blind people and exorcise demoniacs in the villages of Bethsaida and Bethany.”
Julian the Apostate, Roman emperor (331-63)

“He who alone was free among the dead – because he was free to lay down his life and free to take it up again – was for us both victor and victim… and it is because he was the victim that he was also the victor.”
St Augustine (354-430)

“Christ is the great hidden mystery, the blessed goal, the purpose for which everything was created.”
St Maximus the Confessor, Byzantine theologian (580-662)

“I believe in… Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost. Born of the Virgin Mary. Suffered under Pontius Pilate. Was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell. the third day he rose again from the dead.”
The Apostles’ Creed (6th or 7th century)

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