Part 4
Chapter 2—Of Redemption

Section 19—Victorious. A.D. 365.

Caius Marius Victorinus, as Jerom calls him,[1] was by birth an African, he taught rhetoric at Rome, under the emperor Constance;[2] and became so famous in that kind of learning, that the citizens erected a statute for him in the Roman Forum.[3] He was converted to Christianity in extreme old age, and wrote four books against the Arians, which still remain, from whence Monsieur Daille[4] has this citation; "The Logos, or Word, is made all things, and in all, and hath begotten all things, and hath saved, and hath reigned, existing life eternal in the Spirit:" But of what service this passage can be to the general scheme, I see not; for if it is not to be understood of the concern that Christ the Word has in creation and providence, but of his concern in everlasting salvation, if it favors any scheme it must be that of universal salvation; but from other expressions of his it appears, that he thought that Christ is only the redeemer of, and eternal life to them that believe; "He" (Jesus Christ,) says he,[5] "has performed the mystery of our salvation; he hath made us free; he hath redeemed; in istum credimus salvatoram nostrum,‘in him we believe as our Savior,' according to the cross, and according to the resurrection from the dead." And in another place,[6] Christ is the true life, that is, eternal; credentibus in se,to them that believe in him; and is present with God for them that believe in him."


[1] Hieron. Proem. in Comment. in Galatians fol. 68, 1. tom. 9.

[2] Ibid. Catal. Scrip. Ecclesiastes s. 111.

[3] August. Confess. 1. 8, c. 2, s. 2.

[4] Apolog. p 794.

[5] Victorini adv. Arrian. 1. 1, p. 315.

[6] Ibid. 1.4. p. 351.