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III. FROM THE
CATENA ON LUKE, EDITED BY CORDERIUS / IV. FROM THE BOOKS OF
THE CATENA ON LUKE, EDITED BY CORDERIUS.
Luke iii. 22. God here assumed the "likeness" not of a man, but "of
a dove," because He wished, by a new apparition of the Spirit in the
likeness of a dove, to declare His simplicity and majesty.
Luke xvi. 17. Perhaps by the iota and tittle His righteousness
cries, "If ye come right unto Me, I will also come right to you; but
if crooked, I also will come crooked, saith the Lord of hosts;"
intimating that the ways of sinners are intricate and crooked. For
the way right and agreeable to nature which is intimated by the iota
of Jesus, is His goodness, which constantly directs those who
believe from hearing, "There shall not, therefore, pass from the law
one iota or one tittle," neither from the right and good the mutual
promises, nor from the crooked and unjust the punishment assigned to
them. "For the Lord doeth good to the good, but those who turn aside
into crooked ways God will lead with the workers. of iniquity."
IV.--FROM THE BOOKS OF THE HYPOTYPOSES.
OECUMENIUS FROM BOOK III. ON I COR. XI. 10.
"Because of the angels." By the angels he means righteous and
virtuous men. Let her be veiled then, that she may not lead them to
stumble into fornication. For the real angels in heaven see her
THE SAME, BOOK IV. ON 2 COR. V. 16.
"And if we have known Christ after the flesh." As "after the flesh"
in our case is being in the midst of sins, and being out of them is
"not after the flesh;" so also" after the flesh" in the case of
Christ was His subjection to natural affections, and His not being
subject to them is to be "not after the flesh." But, he says, as He
was released, so also are we.
THE SAME, BOOK IV. ON 2 COR. VI. 11.
"Our heart is enlarged," to teach you all things. But ye are
straitened in your own bowels, that is, in love to God, in which ye
ought to love me.
THE SAME, BOOK V. ON GAL. V. 24.
"And they that are Christ's [have crucified] the flesh." And why
mention one aspect of virtue after another? For there are some who
have crucified themselves as far as the passions are concerned, and
the passions as far as respects themselves. According to this
interpretation the "and" is not superfluous. "And they that are
Christ's"--that is, striving after Him -"have crucified their own
MOSCHUS: SPIRITUAL MEADOW, BOOK V. CHAP. 176.
Yes, truly, the apostles were baptised, as Clement the Stromatist
relates in the fifth book of the Hypotyposes. For, in explaining the
apostolic statement, "I thank God that I baptised none of you," he
says, Christ is said to have baptised Peter alone, and Peter Andrew,
and Andrew John, and they James and the rest.