The Epistle of Ignatius to The Smyrnaeans

The Epistle of Ignatius to The Smyrnaeans

Apostolic Fathers (Lightfoot)

1:1 Ignatius, who is also Theophorus,
1:2 to the church of God the Father and of Jesus Christ the Beloved, which hath been mercifully endowed with every grace,
1:3 being filled with faith and love and lacking in no grace, most reverend and bearing holy treasures;
1:4 to the church which is in Smyrna of Asia in a blameless spirit and in the word of God abundant greeting.
1:5 I give glory to Jesus Christ the God who bestowed such wisdom upon you;
1:6 for I have perceived that ye are established in faith immovable,
1:7 being as it were nailed on the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ,

1:8 in flesh and in spirit,
1:9 and firmly grounded in love in the blood of Christ,
1:10 fully persuaded as touching our Lord that He is truly of the race of David according to the flesh,
1:11 but Son of God by the Divine will and power,
1:12 truly born of a virgin and baptized by John that {all righteousness might be fulfilled} by Him,
1:13 truly nailed up in the flesh for our sakes under Pontius Pilate and Herod the tetrarch (of which fruit are we-that is, of His most blessed passion);