Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 3

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TRACTATE 28 *

On John 7.1-13

IN THIS section of the Gospel, brothers, our Lord Jesus Christ has very much commended himself to our faith according to his humanness. For he always in his words and works effects this, that he be believed as God and man, God who made us, man who sought after us, God with the Father forever, man with us in time. For he would not seek after that which he had made unless he himself became what he had made. But remember this and do not dismiss it from your hearts: that Christ was made man in such a way that he did not cease to be God. Remaining God, he who made man received the man.

(2) Therefore, when he hid as a man, he must not be thought to have lost his power, but to have offered an example to weakness. 1. For when he wished it, he was arrested; when he wished it, he was put to death. But since there would be his members, that is, his faithful, who would not have that power which our God himself had, by hiding, by concealing himself as if [he were doing this] that he might not be killed, he indicated that his members, among whom, of course, he himself was, would do this. For Christ is not in the head or in the body, but Christ is wholly in the head and in the body. Therefore, what his members are, he is; but what he is, his members are not necessarily. For if he were not his members, he would not have said, "Saul, why do you persecute me?" 2. For Saul was not persecuting him, but his members, that is, his

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[Ed. note: The translation has been checked against the text in BA 72, 73A, 73B, and the paragraphing has been adopted throughout.]
1.
Cf. Tractate 15.2.
2.
Acts 9.4; cf. Tractate 21.7.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Tractates on the Gospel of John 28-54 *
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Tractates 28-54 *
  • Tractate 28 - On John 7.1-13 3
  • Tractate 29 - On John 7.14-18 14
  • Tractate 30 - On John 7.19-24 22
  • Tractate 31 - On John 7.25-36 30
  • Tractate 32 - On John 7.37-39 41
  • Tractate 33 - On John 7.40-53: 8.I-II 51
  • Tractate 34 - On John 8.12 60
  • Tractate 35 - On John 8.13-14 71
  • Tractate 36 - On John 8.15-18 81
  • Tractate 37 - On John 8.19-20 95
  • Tractate 38 - On John 8.21-25 105
  • Tractate 39 - On John 8.25-27 116
  • Tractate 40 - On John 8.28-32 124
  • Tractate 41 - On John 8.31-36 135
  • Tractate 42 - On John 8.37-47 150
  • Tractate 43 - On John 8.48-59 163
  • Tractate 44 - On John 9 175
  • Tractate 45 - On John 10.1-10 187
  • Tractate 46 - On John 10.11-13 203
  • Tractate 47 - On John 10.14-21 212
  • Tractate 48 - On John 10.22-42 228
  • Tractate 49 - On John Ii.I-54 238
  • Tractate 50 - On John 11.55-12.11 260
  • Tractate 51 - On John 12.12-26 271
  • Tractate 52 - On John 12.27-36 280
  • Tractate 53 - On John 12.37-43 290
  • Tractate 54 - On John 12.44-50 301
  • Indices *
  • General Index 311
  • Index of Holy Scripture 321
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