Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 2

By John W. Rettig; Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo | Go to book overview

TRACTATE 11

On John 2.23-25 and 3.1-5

OPPORTUNELY HAS THE LORD arranged for us on this day the sequence of this reading. For I trust that you, my beloved people, have noticed that we have undertaken to examine and discuss the gospel according to John in sequence. Opportunely, therefore, it has happened that you heard today from the gospel that "unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he will not see the kingdom of God."1 For it is the time for us to exhort you who are still catechumens, who believe in Christ in such a way that you still carry your own sins. But no one, burdened with sins, will see the kingdom of Heaven; for unless he has been forgiven them, he will not reign with Christ.

(2) But they cannot be forgiven except for him who has been born again of water and the Holy Spirit. But let us observe what all the words mean so that those who are slow to act may find here with what great solicitude they must hasten to put aside their burden. For if they were carrying some heavy pack, either of stone, or of wood, or of something even profitable, if they were carrying grain, wine, or money, they would run to put down their burdens. They are carrying a pack of sins and they are reluctant to run. One must run to put down this pack; it weighs [him] down and drowns [him].

2. Look, you heard that "when" the Lord Jesus Christ "was at Jerusalem at the Passover upon the feast day, many believed in his name, seeing the signs which he did." "Many believed in his name." And what follows? "But Jesus himself

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Jn 3.3 and 5 are conflated here.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Bibliography ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Tractate 11 9
  • Tractate 12 28
  • Tractate 13 44
  • Tractate 14 63
  • Tractate 15 78
  • Tractate 16 100
  • Tractate 17 108
  • Tractate 18 124
  • Tractate 19 139
  • Tractate 20 163
  • Tractate 21 178
  • Tractate 22 197
  • Tractate 23 212
  • Tractate 24 231
  • Tractate 25 239
  • Tractate 26 259
  • Tractate 27 277
  • Indices 289
  • Index of Holy Scripture 301
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