The
CAUSE OF GOD AND TRUTH.

Part 4
Chapter 2—Of Redemption

Section 11—Paulinus Tyrius. A.D. 325.


Paulinus was first presbyter of the church at Antioch, then bishop of Tyre, and after that bishop of Antioch. He died A. D. 325. He composed a Panegyric Oration upon the building of churches, in the time of Constantine;[1] in which he says many things concerning the church of Christ, and among the rest, that it was for her sake that Christ assumed human nature, and suffered death in it; which, had he thought were done for all the world, he would not have mentioned as peculiar favors to her. His words are these:[2] "For it must needs follow, that when her (the church's) shepherd and Lord, apax ton uper autes thanaton katadexamenou, ‘had once suffered death for her,' and after his sufferings had changed that body which he put on mean and sordid, charin autes,‘for her sake,' into a bright and glorious one, and led the flesh that was dissolved out of corruption into incorruption, that she also should enjoy the dispensations of the Savior," that is, and become glorious also. And elsewhere, in the same ration,[3] he represents Christ as a Savior of some particular persons, though of a large number; as when he calls him "a leader into the knowledge of God, a teacher of true religion, a destroyer of the ungodly, and tyrants, and tonSotera emon ton apegnosmenon,‘the Savior of us, who were in a deplorable and desperate condition,'" and us, who were not only diseased with ulcers, and pressed with putrefying wounds, but lay among the dead, he, by himself, saved out of these depths of death; for in none of the heavenly was there such strength, wv th twn tosoutwn ablabwv diakonhsaqai sothria, "as without hurt to procure the salvation, of so many;he alone touched our miserable corruption, he alone bore our labors, he alone took upon him the punishment of our iniquities."


ENDNOTES:

[1] Vide Vales, Not in Euseb. 1. 10, c. 1, p. 189, 190; et Euseb. contr. Marcell. 1. 1, c. 4, p. 19.

[2] Oratio Panegyr. apud Euseb. Eccl. Hist. 1. 10, c. 4. p. 382.

[3] Ibid. p. 373.