Part 4
Chapter 4—Of Efficacious  Grace

Section 1—Clemens Romanus. A.D. 69.

Clement was an admirer of the grace of God in vocation and sanctification, for he not only speaks of grace in general as God's gift when he says,[1] “Let us be joined to them, to whom e charis apo tou Theou dedotai, grace is given from God; and in the free pathetic manner takes notice of the goodness of God in the free donation of them, saying, “How blessed and wonderful are the gifts of God, O beloved! Life with immortality, splendor with righteousness, truth with freedom, pistis en pepoithesei, egkrateia en agiasmo, faith with confidence, continence with holiness.” Of which last he elsewhere says,[2] “He that is chaste in the flesh, let him not be proud or insolent: knowing that eteros estin o epichoregon auto egkrateian, it is another who furnishes him with the gift of contingence.” And a little after, in the same page, having mentioned the blessings which God has prepared for us before we were born, draws this inference; “Therefore since we have all these things from him, we ought kata para, in all things to give thanks to him, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” In the conclusion of his epistle[3] he prays, “that God would give to every soul that calls upon his great and holy name, faith, fear, patience, longsuffering, continence, chastity, and sobriety, that they may rightly please his name.”


[1] Ep. ad Corinth. 1, p. 68.

[2] Ibid. p. 78.

[3] Ep. ad Corinth. 1. p. 130.