Around 100ish AD, the church at Philippi wrote their bishop, asking for instruction and encouragement. Their bishop wrote them a series of heartfelt letters.
There was something about that church at Philippi.
Their life was incredibly hard.
Their faith was unshakably strong.
They were the apostle Paul’s favorite church.
If you’d like to know more about Philippi, you can find more about the Philippians here than anywhere else on the interwebs. Just scoot over there to the sidebar topic cloud and click Philippi. ツ
Anyway, the Philippians wrote to Polycarp…
He encouraged them to hold on white knuckled to their faith. And in a city that was all about status, Polycarp reminded them in whom their status really was.
And his martyrdom is one of the most well documented events of ancient history.
To save his life he only needed to say the words “Caesar is Lord”. Instead he replied;
♥✞ღ Eighty-six years I have served Christ,
and He never did me any wrong.
How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?
Anyway, next in this series on the best quotes of the Apostolic Fathers that began here), are some of my favorite words of Polycarp…
whose name always makes me smile…
because all I can think of is…many fishes. ツ
♥✞ღ Though you do not see Him, you believe, and in believing there is unspeakable joy.
♥✞ღ By grace you are saved. It is not by works [of the Law of Moses], but by the will of God through Jesus Christ.
♥✞ღ He who raised Him [Jesus] from the dead will raise us, if we do His will, and walk in His commandments, and love what He loved.
♥✞ღ The person that has love is far from all sin.
♥✞ღ Forsaking…false doctrines, let us return to the word which has been handed down to us from the beginning.
♥✞ღ Keep looking forward in prayer, and persevering in fasting; beseeching in supplications the all-seeing God to lead us away from temptation.
♥✞ღ May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Himself, who is the Son of God, and our everlasting High Priest, build you up in faith and truth, and in all meekness, gentleness, patience, long-suffering, forbearance, and purity.
Next, maybe Clement of Alexandria…
please come back.