The Second Letter of Ignatius of Antioch, to the Ephesians


Chapter One

1 Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Assembly which is blessed in the greatness of God the Father, and perfected; to her who was set apart from eternity, that she might at all times be for unchangeable glory, abiding, perfected, and chosen for the purpose of truth by the will of the our God, the Father of Yeshua the Messiah; to her who is worthy of happiness; to her who is at Ephesus, in Yeshua the Messiah, in blameless joy: wishes of abundant happiness.

2 Your name is greatly beloved, and is well known to me in God. Your name has been acquired by doing those things which come naturally to you: by a right and just will, and by the faith and love of our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah. 3 You are imitators of God, and are fervent in the blood of God, 1 and have speedily completed a work suitable to you. 4 I was bound, so that I was unable to do nothing for the sake of the common name and hope. I hope, through your prayers, that I may be devoured by the beasts at Rome, so that by this means I will have been counted as worthy, and I may be endowed with strength to be a disciple of God. When you heard of this, you were diligent to come and see me.

5 We have become acquainted in unspeakable love with your multitude, in the name of God, by your overseer Onesimus. I pray that you love him in Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, and that you imitate his example; blessed is He who has given you such an overseer, whom you deserve to have.


Chapter Two

1 Since love does not permit me to be silent concerning you, I have been forward to beseech you on this account to be diligent in doing the will of God. 2 For so long as there is not even a single lust implanted in you which is able to torment you, behold, you live in God!

3 I rejoice in you, and offer supplication on your behalf. O Ephesians, you are an Assembly which is renowned in all ages! For those who are carnal are not able to do spiritual things, nor those who are spiritual able to do carnal things; 4 in like manner, as faith cannot do those things which are foreign to faith, neither can a lack of faith do that which belongs to faith. 5 Because you have done all things in Yeshua the Messiah, even the things which you have done in the flesh are spiritual.

6 You are prepared for the building of God the Father, and are raised up on high by the instrument of Yeshua the Messiah, which is the cross. 7 You are drawn up by the rope, which is the Holy Spirit; your pulley is your faith, and your love is the way which leads up on high to God.


Chapter Three

1 Pray for all men; for there is hope of repentance for them, that they may be counted worthy of God. Let them be instructed especially by your works. 2 Be conciliatory against their harsh words, by meekness of mind and gentleness. Give yourself to prayer against their blasphemies, and be armed with faith against their ignorance. 3 Be peaceful and quiet against their fierceness, and do not be astounded by them. 4 Let us be imitators of our Lord in meekness, and strive to see who shall be more especially injured, oppressed, and defrauded.

5 Now this work is not of promise, unless a man be found in the power of faith, even to the end. 6 It is better for a man to be silent while he is something, than to talk when he is not, so that by the things which be speaks he should act, and by the things of which he is silent he should be known. 7 My spirit bows in adoration to the cross, which is a stumbling-block to those who do not believe, but to you it is for salvation and eternal life.


Chapter Four

1 The virginity of Mary, the birth of our Lord, and His death were all concealed from the ruler of this world; these three of mysteries, though mysteries of renown, were done in tranquility by God from the star. 2 Here, at the manifestation of the Son, sorcery began to be destroyed, and all bonds were loosed; the ancient kingdom was destroyed, as was the error of evil. 3 From then on, all things were brought together, and the destruction of death was devised, and there was the commencement of that which was perfected in God.


End Notes

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