On John 8.28-32
FROM THE holy Gospel according to John, which you see us carrying in our hands, you have already heard, my beloved people, many things which we have discussed, God granting, as best we could, especially showing you that this Evangelist had chosen to speak about the Lord's divinity by which he is equal to the Father and is the only Son of God; and for this reason the Evangelist has been compared to an eagle; for, of course, no bird is said to fly higher. 1. Accordingly, to those things which follow in order, as the Lord grants us to treat of them, listen most attentively.
2. We have spoken to you about the preceding reading, making known how the Father is understood as true, the Son as truth. But when the Lord Jesus had said, "He who sent me is true," 2. the Jews did not understand what he said to them about his Father. And he said to them what you have just heard when it was read, "When you shall have lifted up the Son of Man, then you shall know that I am, and that of myself I do nothing: But as the Father has taught me, these things I speak." What does this mean? He seems to have said nothing else than that they would recognize who he was after his passion.
(2) Beyond doubt, therefore, he saw there that some, whom he himself knew, whom he himself in his foreknowledge had chosen with the rest of his saints before the foundation of the world, 3. would believe after his passion. These are they whom we continually commend and whom we set before____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Tractates on the Gospel of John. Volume: 3. Contributors: St Augustine - Author, John W. Rettig - Translator. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1988. Page number: 124.
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