The
CAUSE OF GOD AND TRUTH.

Part 4
Chapter 2—Of Redemption

Section 21—Faustinus. A.D. 390.


Faustinus, who was ordained either a presbyter or a deacon of the church of Rome, about A.D. 385, according to Monsieur Daille,[1] who has transcribed some passages out of a book written by him against the Arians, showing, that God loved the world, and gave his Son for the redemption of the world; and that Christ tasted death not for himself, but for all;all which may be said, without supposing that Christ died for every individual of mankind. Besides, Faustinus plainly intimates, that the benefit of Christ's death only belongs to believers; that many,and not all,are delivered and said by him; "See," says he,[2] "the love that the Lord of majesty should be crucified on earth for the salvation of the world, who gives eternal life in heaven, se Filium Dei credentibus,to them that believe he is the Son of God." And in another place he observes,[3] that "as by the contempt of one many are made sinners, so by the obedience of Christ, which not from infirmity, but from the goodness of the Deity, he yielded for the salutary discipline of men, multi salvantur,many are saved." And a little after he says, that "Christ bore the infirmities of body and soul, though without sin, that it might be truly thought he did not take another substance of flesh and blood; and that when in himself he delivers men from infirmities and sufferings, we might believe also, that those are delivered qui secundem ejus vestigia sectantur,who follow his steps." The text in Hebrews 2:9, where Christ is said to taste death for all,he says,[4] the apostle interprets in verse 10, where the Captain of salvation is spoken of as bringing many sons to glory.


ENDNOTES:

[1] Apolog. p. 795.

[2] Faustin. contr. Arrian. c 2, p. 107.

[3] Ibid. c. 3, p. 127.

[4] Faustin. cont. Arrian. c. 4, p. 131, 132.