The Epistle of Ignatus to the Magnesians

The Epistle of Ignatus to the Magnesians

Apostolic Fathers (Lightfoot)

1:1 Ignatius, who is also Theophorus,
1:2 unto her which hath been blessed through the grace of God the Father in Christ Jesus our Saviour,
1:3 in whom I salute the church which is in Magnesia on the Maeander, and I wish her abundant greeting in God the Father and in Jesus Christ.
1:4 When I learned the exceeding good order of your love in the ways of God, I was gladdened and I determined to address you in the faith of Jesus Christ.
1:5 For being counted worthy to bear a most godly name, in these bonds, which I carry about, I sing the praise of the churches;
1:6 and I pray that there may be in them union of the flesh and of the spirit which are Jesus Christ’s,
1:7 our never-failing life-an union of faith and of love which is preferred before all things, and-what is more than all-an union with Jesus and with the Father;
1:8 in whom if we endure patiently all the despite of the prince of this world and escape therefrom, we shall attain unto God.
2:1 Forasmuch then as I was permitted to see you in the person of Damas your godly bishop and your worthy presbyters Bassus and Apollonius and my fellow-servant the deacon Zotion,
3:1 it becometh you also not to presume upon the youth unto him,all reverence, even as I have learned that the holy presbyters also have not taken advantage of his outwardly youthful estate, but give place to him as to one prudent in God;