A Word From the Fathers

3. I am writing you these comments about righteousness, brothers, not on my own initiative but because you invited me to do so. (2) For neither I nor anyone like me can keep pace with the wisdom of the blessed and glorious Paul, who, when he was among you in the presence of the men of that time,15 accurately and reliably taught the word concerning the truth. And when he was absent he wrote you letters;16 if you study them carefully, you will be able to build yourselves up in the faith that has been given to you, (3) “which is the mother of us all,”17 while hope follows and love for God and Christ and for our neighbor leads the way. For if anyone is occupied with these, he has fulfilled the commandment of righteousness, for one who has love is far from all sin.
~Polycarp to the Philippians~


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