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Origen Against Celsus by Origen

Chapter LXXI. Jesus taught us who it was that sent Himà

Jesus taught us who it was that sent Him, in the words, |None knoweth the Father but the Son;| and in these, |No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.| He, treating of Deity, stated to His true disciples the doctrine regarding God; and we, discovering traces of such teaching in the Scripture narratives, take occasion from such to aid our theological conceptions, hearing it declared in one passage, that |God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all;| and in another, |God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.| But the purposes for which the Father sent Him are innumerable; and these any one may ascertain who chooses, partly from the prophets who prophesied of Him, and partly from the narratives of the evangelists. And not a few things also will he learn from the apostles, and especially from Paul. Moreover, those who are pious He leadeth to the light, and those who sin He will punish, -- a circumstance which Celsus not observing, has represented Him |as one who will lead the pious to the light, and who will have mercy on others, whether they sin or repent.|
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