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Life of Antony. Section 38. And it is not fitting to boast at the casting forth of the demonsà

38. And it is not fitting to boast at the casting forth of the demons, nor to be uplifted by the healing of diseases: nor is it fitting that he who casts out devils should alone be highly esteemed, while he who casts them not out should be considered nought. But let a man learn the discipline of each one and either imitate, rival, or correct it. For the working of signs is not ours but the Saviour's work: and so He said to His disciples: |Rejoice not that the demons are subject to you, but that your names are written in the heavens .| For the fact that our names are written in heaven is a proof of our virtuous life, but to cast out demons is a favour of the Saviour who granted it. Wherefore to those who boasted in signs but not in virtue, and said: |Lord, in Thy name did we not cast out demons, and in Thy name did many mighty works ?| He answered, |Verily I say unto you, I know you not;| for the Lord knoweth not the ways of the wicked. But we ought always to pray, as I said above, that we may receive the gift of discerning spirits; that, as it is written , we may not believe every spirit.'

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