The
CAUSE OF GOD AND TRUTH.

Part 4
Chapter 2—Of Redemption

Section 20—Marcus Eremita. A.D. 390.


Mark the Eremite is next produced by Monsieur Daille,[1] and by him said to be about A.D. 390, though he is placed by Alsted,[2] and the Magdeburgensian Centuriators,[3] in the fifth century, about the beginning of it. The testimony from him, cited by the above writer, only signifies, that God would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth,which is no other than what the Scripture says; and that evil thoughts or reasonings forbid the will of God, deceive men, and exclude them from salvation. It must be owned, that there is here and there an expression dropped more to the purpose than this; yet in other places he speaks of redemption, and the effects of it, as peculiarly belonging to certain persons: "He who died," says he,[4] "for our sins, according to the Scriptures, also freely gives liberty, fideliter et probe ipsi servientibus, to them that, faithfully and honestly serve him," according to Matthew 25:21. And in another place he says,[5] "Suretyship proceeds from love, which the Lord Jesus Christ hath showed in all things to us, who in the first place heals the infirmities of our soul, moreover cures every disease, and every sickness; who takes away the sin of the world; qui puram restituit naturam his qui firmiter credunt el,‘who restores a pure nature to them that firmly believe in him,' and gives redemption from death." Again,[6] "Christ is our Lord, both according to essence, and according to the government or administration of the family; for when yet we were not, he made and created us; and being dead in sin, he bought us with his own blood; et iis qui ita credunt, gratiam suam gratuito largitus est,and to them who so believe, he freely gives his grace."And elsewhere he says,[7] Christus autem credenti sit omnia,Christ indeed is made all things to him that believes."


ENDNOTES:

[1] Apolog. p. 794, 795.

[2] Chronolog. Thessaur, Chron. 41, p. 419.

[3] Hist. Eccl. vol 2. cent. 5, c. 4, p. 48; c. 18, p. 828.

[4] Marc. Eremit. de Leg. Spirit p. 60.

[5] Ibid. Exercitoris Disp. p. 119.

[6] Ibid. de Peg. Spirit. p. 61.

[7] Ibid. 51.