Part 4
Chapter 2—Of Redemption

Section 15—Macarius Aegyptius. A.D. 350.

Macarius was an Egyptian monk, a disciple of St. Anthony. There are fifty homilies of his remaining, out of which M. Daille[1] has a single passage for general redemption; in which Macarius asserts,[2] that "Christ would have all men partake of the new birth, because he died for all, and calls all to life;" but this he could not mean of every individual man, because every one is not called to that life. Besides, there are several things said by him which show, that he thought that Christ came into the world, and suffered, and died, for believers only; for when he observes,[3] that "it pleased the Lord at his coming to suffer for all, and to purchase them with his own blood," he adds, "and to put the heavenly leaven of goodness tais pistais psuchiais,into believing souls, humbled under sin." And again;[4] "For this cause the Lord came, that he might vouchsafe those spiritual things tous alethos pisteuontas eis auton,to those that truly believe on him." And in another place, "we ought," says he,[5] "to labor and strive very much, for it is not just that the Bridegroom should come to suffer and be crucified for thee, and the bride di'en o numphios parageneto,for whose sake the Bridegroom came, should rejoice and dance." Having elsewhere[6] mentioned the words of the Baptist, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,he observes, that "he alone shows this mercy to men, tois pisteuousin auto,‘that believe in him,' because he redeems from iniquity; and to them that always wait, and hope, and seek without ceasing, he bestows this unspeakable salvation." And in another place he has this note on the same words.[7] "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, tes psuches delonoti, pisteusase auto,namely, of the soul that believes in him, and loves him with all the heart."


[1] Apolog. p. 782, 683.

[2] Homil. 30. p. 175.

[3] Ibid. 24, p. 137.

[4] Ibid. 5. p. 33.

[5] Ibid. 27, p. 156.

[6] Ibid. 2, p. 11.

[7] Ibid. 44, p. 216.