Wise Words of the Church Fathers

I Am
by Chrysostom c. 349-407 AD

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” – Colossians 2:9-10

Isn’t He right in turning from us and punishing us, when He gives Himself up for us entirely and yet we resist him? Surely, it is plain to everyone. For whether you desire to adorn yourself, “Let it, He saith, be with My ornaments” ; or to equip yourself, “with My arms”; or to clothe yourself, “with My raiment”; or to feed yourself, “at My table”; or to travel, “on My way”; or to inherit, “My inheritance”; or to enter a country, “the city of which I am Builder and Maker”; or to build a house “amongst My tabernacles.” … What can equal this generosity: that, “I am Father, I am Brother, I am Bridegroom, I am dwelling place, I am food, I am raiment, I am Root, I am foundation, all whatsoever thou willest, I am”?—and “Be thou in need of nothing, I will be even a servant, for I cam to minister, not to be ministered to; I am Friend, member, Head, Brother, sister, and mother; I am all; only cling closely to Me. I was poor for you, and a wanderer for you, on the cross for you, in the tomb for you; above I intercede for you to the Father, on earth I have come for your sake as an Ambassador from My Father. You are all things to Me, brother, joint heir, friend, and member.” What more could you ask for?


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