Humility and Eager Considerateness (I Clement)

Eidos | 1/18/2020 | Staff
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For as God lives, and as the Lord Jesus Christ lives and the Holy Spirit (on whom the elect believe and hope), the man who with humility and eager considerateness and with no regrets does what God has decreed and ordered will be enlisted and enrolled in the ranks of those who are saved through Jesus Christ. Through him be the glory to God forever and ever. Amen.

So says the author known as Clement, Christian, church leader. He may have written his epistle to the Corinthians before the canon was finished and some churches treated his letter as canonical. Whoever Clement was, he was a disciple of the first apostles and was a Roman who had outlived Peter and Paul. Western scholars did not recover a copy of the epistle until the seventeenth century and this meant, sadly, that it became impressed into issues between Catholics and Protestants the letter obviously was not addressing. Clement certainly is fighting schism in the early church (as Paul did!) and urging unity around the leaders appointed by the apostles, but that is not all he is doing.

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