Part 4
Chapter 5—Of Perseverance

Section 11—Eusebius Caesariensis. A.D. 330.

Eusebius observes,[1] that Christ foretold, that “the church gathered out of all nations should be aetteton kai akatamacheton, ‘unconquerable and inexpugnable,' and never to be overcome by death itself; but should stand and abide unshaken, being established by his power, and fixed as upon an immoveable and unbroken rock.” And elsewhere,[2] he affirms it to be a matter out of question and “without controversy, that a new nation has appeared, not small, nor situated in a corner of the earth, but of all nations most populous and religious to this day, anoletron kai aetteton e kai esaei, tes para Theou boetheias tugchanei, not being liable to ruin, but insuperable, because it has always help from God.” And in another place,[3] having mentioned Psalm 47:9, he observes, that “this shows yet more clearly, that the princes of the church of Christ, among the Gentiles, are translated into the inheritance of the prophets, formerly dear to God: and these being strengthened by the power of our Savior, are lifted up very high oudenos anthropon katabalein autous kai tapeinosai dedunemenou, ‘insomuch that no man is able to cast them down and lay them low,' because of the right hand of God that lifts them up, and strengthens them.” Once more, he says,[4] “The Lord himself being both shepherd and Lord of the flock, is said to feed it by himself in strength, so that the sheep being kept with a mighty hand, and a high arm, meden ti pathein deinon pros ton ephedreuonton autois agrion kai apenon therion, suffer no evil from the wild and savage beasts which lie in wait for them.”


[1] Prep. Evangel. 1. 1. c. 3, p. 7, 8.

[2] Hist. Eccl. 1. 1, c. 4, p. 15.

[3] Demonstr. Evangel. I. 6, c. 2, p. 260.

[4] Ibid. 1. 7, c. 2, p. 344.