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: The First Epistle Of Clement To The Corinthians
The First Epistle Of Clement To The Corinthians
Clement of Rome
Introductory Note to the First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
Chapter I.--The salutation. Praise of the Corinthians before the breaking forth of schism among them.
Chapter II.--Praise of the Corinthians continued.
Chapter III.--The sad state of the Corinthian church after sedition arose in it from envy and emulation.
Chapter IV.--Many evils have already flowed from this source in ancient times.
Chapter V.--No less evils have arisen from the same source in the most recent times. The martyrdom of Peter and Paul.
Chapter VI.--Continuation. Several other martyrs.
Chapter VII.--An exhortation to repentance.
Chapter VIII.--Continuation respecting repentance.
Chapter IX.--Examples of the saints.
Chapter X.--Continuation of the above.
Chapter XI.--Continuation. Lot.
Chapter XII.--The rewards of faith and hospitality. Rahab.
Chapter XIII.--An exhortation to humility.
Chapter XIV.--We should obey God rather than the authors of sedition.
Chapter XV.--We must adhere to those who cultivate peace, not to those who merely pretend to do so.
Chapter XVI.--Christ as an example of humility.
Chapter XVII.--The saints as examples of humility.
Chapter XVIII.--David as an example of humility.
Chapter XIX.--Imitating these examples, let us seek after peace.
Chapter XX.--The peace and harmony of the universe.
Chapter XXI.--Let us obey God, and not the authors of sedition.
Chapter XXII.--These exhortations are confirmed by the Christian faith, which proclaims the misery of sinful conduct.
Chapter XXIII.--Be humble, and believe that Christ will come again.
Chapter XXIV.--God continually shows us in nature that there will be a resurrection.
Chapter XXV.--The phoenix an emblem of our resurrection.
Chapter XXVI.--We shall rise again, then, as the Scripture also testifies.
Chapter XXVII.--In the hope of the resurrection, let us cleave to the omnipotent and omniscient God.
Chapter XXVIII.--God sees all things: therefore let us avoid transgression.
Chapter XXIX.--Let us also draw near to God in purity of heart.
Chapter XXX.--Let us do those things that please God, and flee from those He hates, that we may be blessed.
Chapter XXXI.--Let us see by what means we may obtain the divine blessing.
Chapter XXXII.--We are justified not by our own works, but by faith.
Chapter XXXIII.--But let us not give up the practice of good works and love. God Himself is an example to us of good works.
Chapter XXXIV.--Great is the reward of good works with God. Joined together in harmony, let us implore that reward from Him.
Chapter XXXV.--Immense is this reward. How shall we obtain it?
Chapter XXXVI.--All blessings are given to us through Christ.
Chapter XXXVII.--Christ is our leader, and we His soldiers.
Chapter XXXVIII.--Let the members of the Church submit themselves, and no one exalt himself above another.
Chapter XXXIX.--There is no reason for self-conceit.
Chapter XL.--Let us preserve in the Church the order appointed by God.
Chapter XLI.--Continuation of the same subject.
Chapter XLII.--The order of ministers in the Church.
Chapter XLIII.--Moses of old stilled the contention which arose concerning the priestly dignity.
Chapter XLIV.--The ordinances of the apostles, that there might be no contention respecting the priestly office.
Chapter XLV.--It is the part of the wicked to vex the righteous.
Chapter XLVI.--Let us cleave to the righteous: your strife is pernicious.
Chapter XLVII.--Your recent discord is worse than the former which took place in the times of Paul.
Chapter XLVIII.--Let us return to the practice of brotherly love.
Chapter XLIX.--The praise of love.
Chapter L.--Let us pray to be thought worthy of love.
Chapter LI.--Let the partakers in strife acknowledge their sins.
Chapter LII.--Such a confession is pleasing to God.
Chapter LIII.--The love of Moses towards his people.
Chapter LIV.--He who is full of love will incur every loss, that peace may be restored to the Church.
Chapter LV.--Examples of such love.
Chapter LVI.--Let us admonish and correct one another.
Chapter LVII.--Let the authors of sedition submit themselves.
Chapter LVIII.--Blessings sought for all that call upon God.
Chapter LIX.--The Corinthians are exhorted speedily to send back word that peace has been restored. The benediction.
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