It is still the same sentiment which he follows up in the passage in which he puts the recompense above the sufferings: "for we know; "he says, "that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens; " in other words, owing to the fact that our flesh is undergoing dissolution through its sufferings, we shall be provided with a home in heaven. He remembered the award (which the Lord assigns) in the Gospel: "Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Yet, when he thus contrasted the recompense of the reward, he did not deny the flesh's restoration; since the recompense is due to the same substance to which the dissolution is attributed,-that is, of course, the flesh. [Tertullian De resurrectione mortuorum 41.2 BORLEFFS J.G.Ph., CCL 2 (1954),(p.975, l.6) BP1]Interesting also is the fact that Paul is identified as having a written gospel - Matthew! - or of course, a Diatessaronic Marcionite gospel.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
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