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Acts 20:28 God's blood

 

Acts 20:28 "Feed the church of GOD, which he hath purchased with HIS OWN BLOOD."

 

This verse is under attack by many modern versions because it clearly shows that the Lord Jesus Christ is GOD, and that GOD shed His blood to purchase the church. Those who oppose the full Godhead of the Lord Jesus Christ will alter this verse in several ways to either change, hide, or obscure the truth that it was GOD'S blood that purchased the church.

 

The Traditional Byzantine Text that underlies the King James Bible says:  ποιμαίνειν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ κυρίου καὶ θεοῦ, ἣν περιεποιήσατο διὰ τοῦ ἰδίου αἵματος. = feed the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."

 

The Westcott-Hort text has a slight variation which says: ποιμαίνειν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἣν περιεποιήσατο διὰ τοῦ αἵματος τοῦ ἰδίου. - "by the blood of His own".  This is the reading found in Sinaiticus and Vaticanus and this reading opens the door to several of the renderings we see in some modern versions based on the Westcott-Hort text. 

 

By the way, in just these two verses here - Acts 20:28-29 - not one of the Alexandrian Greek manuscripts (Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Alexandrinus, C and D) reads the same as any of the others, (they all differ from each other)  and it is these texts that form the basis of most modern versions.

 

There are a wide variety of readings found in this verse. Many texts say "the church of THE LORD AND GOD", and this is actually the reading of the Hebrew Names Version, and the World English Version. 

 

Many other texts have the absurd reading of "the church of THE LORD OF GOD", while Alexandrinus, C original, D and P74 read "the church OF THE LORD which he purchased with his own blood."

 

This last reading would say it was only the Lord (not God) who shed his blood, and thus allow room to deny the deity of Christ.

 

In fact, this is exactly the reading found in the American Standard Version of 1901 (even though the Revised Version of 1881 read like the KJB), the Revised Standard Version of 1952, the Worldwide English New Testament, the New English Bible of 1970 and the 1989 Revised English Bible. They say: "Feed the church OF THE LORD which he obtained by his own blood." 

 

The new ISV (International Standard Version) shows both readings with this: "to be shepherds of God's (Other mss. read the Lord's) church, which he purchased with his own blood."

 

The Spanish Reina Valera usually follows the Textus Receptus, but the 1909, 1960 and 1995 versions here say "the church of the LORD which he purchased with his own blood."

 

Other versions deny the full deity of Christ by adopting the word "God" in the phrase "the church of God", but they add an extra word to the sentence, not found in any Greek text, and thus again deny the Godhead of Christ.

 

These versions read: "Feed the church of God which he obtained by the blood OF HIS SON".  One such version is the 2011 critical text Common English Bible. It reads: "Watch yourselves and the whole flock, in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as supervisors, to shepherd God’s church, which he obtained with the death of his own Son."

 

Notice that they changed "blood" to "death" and add the word "Son" which is not found in any text at all. It also destroys the truth that it took God's blood to purchase His church.

 

This made up text is translated in such a way as to deny that it was the blood of GOD which purchased the church, but only the blood of His Son. The word "Son" does not occur in any Greek texts at all.

 

Among the modern versions that read "church of GOD which he purchased with the blood OF HIS SON" are the Jehovah Witness New World Translation (based on the Vatican supervised Nestle-Aland Critical text), the New Revised Standard of 1989, the New Jerusalem Bible 1985, the 21st Century New Testament, Common English bible 2011, The Contemporary English Version 1991 by the American Bible Society, Today's English Version 1992 put out by the American Bible Society and The Voice 2012 (another Critical Text version) - "Shepherd the church of God, this precious church which He made His own through the blood of His own Son."  

 

Again, there is NO text that has the word SON in it.  They just made it up.

 

The reading of  “the church of God which he purchased with the blood of his own Son” effectively removes the clear reference to the fact that it was the blood of God that purchased the church.

 

Dan Wallace and the Dallas Theological Seminary bunch likewise have this “Deity Denying” blunder.  The NET version reads: “to shepherd the church of God that he obtained WITH THE BLOOD OF HIS OWN SON.”

 

Keep in mind that there is NO word in ANY Greek text for the additional word “SON” in this place.

 

 

The fickleness of the modern scholarship can be seen in the constant revisions of the Revised Standard Version. In 1952 the RSV said: "the church of THE LORD which he purchased with his own blood", then the NRSV 1989 said: "the church of GOD which he purchased with the blood OF HIS OWN SON", and then finally the ESV 2011 (English Standard Version) has now gone back to the KJB reading of: "church of GOD which he obtained with his own blood."  

 

However the ESV still undermines the truth of this verse by these footnotes after the word "God" (7) "Some manuscripts 'of the Lord'", and after "with his own blood" (8) "Or 'with the blood of his Own'".

 

Keep in mind that the RSV 1952, the NRSV 1989 and ESV of 2011, all of which are revisions of each other, each gives a different textual reading of this same verse, and the American Standard Version differs from the New American Standard Version.

 

Modern textual $cholar$hip is a never-ending marvel to behold!

 

The Resurrection Life N.T. 2005 by Vince Garcia has made up his own text from NO Greek manuscript.  It reads: “Feed the church of God that CHRIST purchased with his own blood!” - NO Greek text reads this way.

 

The Message - This blasphemous paraphrase loses the clear reference to the Deity of Christ by very loosely translating the verse as: “Be on your toes--both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people--God's people they are--to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.” 

 

Notice that it removes the words “purchased” and “blood”. You can easily read the Message in such a way that God thought the people were worth dying for, so He sent His Son to do it for them.  The Message obscures the fact that it was GOD'S BLOOD that PURCHASED the church.

 

 

The Bible translations that correctly read "Feed the church OF GOD which he purchased with HIS OWN BLOOD", are Wycliffe 1395, Tyndale 1525, Coverdale 1535, The Great Bible 1540, Matthew's Bible 1549, the Bishops' Bible 1568, Geneva Bible 1587, The Beza N.T. 1599, the King James Bible 1611, The Bill Bible 1671, Mace N.T. 1729, Wesley N.T. 1755, Worsley Version 1770, Webster's translation 1833, The Revised N.T. 1862, The Alford N.T. 1870, The Smith Bible 1876, the Revised Version 1885 - "to feed the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood.", The Revised English Bible 1877, Young's 1898, Godbey N.T. 1902, Worrell N.T. 1904, Twentieth Century N.T. 1904, J.B. Phillips N.T. 1962, New Life Version 1969, Living Bible 1971, the NKJV 1982,  NASB 1963-1995, NIV 1984-2011, Holman 2009, Jubilee Bible 2010 and the ESV 2001-2011.  

 

Other English Bibles that also read "feed the church of GOD, WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD." are The Word of Yah 1993, Interlinear Greek N.T. 1997 (Larry Pierce), The Lawrie Translation 1998, God's First Truth 1999, the Tomson New Testament 2002, The Evidence Bible 2003, Green's Literal 2005, Bond Slave Version 2009, the Online Interlinear 2010 (André de Mol), the Hebraic Transliteration Scripture 2010 - “the assembly of Adonay, which He purchased with His own blood.”, Holy Scriptures VW Edition 2010, Names of God Bible 2011, The Work of God's Children Illustrated Bible 2011, New Living Translation 2013, International Standard Version 2014, and the Modern English Version 2014 - "to feed the church of GOD, WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD."  

 

The Goodspeed N.T. 1923 read: “and be shepherds of the church of God, which he got at the cost of his own life.” 

 

The Sacred Scriptures Family of Yah 2001 and the Natural Israelite Bible 2012 both read: “to feed the church (assembly) of YAHWEH which he purchased with his own blood.”

 

"the church of GOD WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD" is the reading of the Traditional Byzantine texts that underlies the King James Bible, and of the Modern Greek New Testaments used throughout the Greek Orthodox churches today. 

 

It is also the reading found in Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, the Old Latin, Syriac Harclean, Vulgate, some Coptic versions; the Italian Diodati 1649, the Italian Riveduta of 2006 and the New Diodati of 1991 all read like the KJB - “pascer la chiesa di Dio, la quale egli ha acquistata col proprio sangue.”  

 

The Spanish Antigua Versión of 1569, the Reina Valera of 1865, the Reina Valera Gomez of 2004 and  La Biblia de Las Américas 1997 all read like the KJB with: - “pastorear la iglesia de Dios, la cual El compró con su propia sangre.”, the French Martin 1744, the French Ostervald 1996 and Louis Second 2007 - “pour paître l'Église de Dieu, qu'il a acquise par son propre sang.”, the Portuguese Almeida - “apascentardes a igreja de Deus, que ele adquiriu com seu próprio sangue.”, Luther's German Bible 1545 and the 2000 German Schlachter Bible.

 

The Modern Greek Bible - δια να ποιμαινητε την εκκλησιαν του Θεου, την οποιαν απεκτησε δια του ιδιου αυτου αιματος. = "the church of God, which he purchased with HIS OWN BLOOD."

 

John Calvin comments: "in this place Paul doth attribute blood to God; because the man Jesus Christ, who shed his blood for us, was also God."

 

Matthew Henry comments: "The blood was his as Man; yet so close is the union between the Divine and human nature, that it is there called the blood of God, for it was the blood of Him who is God."

 

John Gill comments: "which he hath purchased with his own blood; which being the blood not only of a pure and innocent man, but of one that is truly and properly God as well as man, was a sufficient ransom price to redeem the church and people of God from sin, the law, its curse and condemnation: so that this is no inconsiderable proof of the true and proper deity of Christ."

 

The Geneva Bible Notes say: "to  feed the church of God, which (Footnote*) he hath purchased with  his own blood. -  (Footnote*) A notable sentence for Christ's Godhead."

 

Matthew Poole comments: "with his own blood, the blood of Christ, called truly the blood of God, there being in Christ the two natures of one Person."

 

 

Acts 20:28 "Feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with HIS OWN BLOOD."

Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood..."

 

The King James Bible is always right,

 

Will Kinney 

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Reading GOD [θεοῦ] are Sinaiticus, Vaticanus,  056 0142 104 614 629 1175 1409 1505  2412 2495, the Old Latin  itar itc itdem itph itro itw vg , Syriac Peshitta, Harclean, some Coptic Boharic manuscripts, the Georgian ancient versions.  It is so quoted by Caelestinus, Athanasius, Basil, Orsiesius, Ambrose, Epiphanius, Chrysostom, Theodore, Cyri,l Ps-Athanasius, Primasius, Antiochus, Theophylact

 

Reading “THE LORD” [κυρίου]  are p74 A C* D E Ψ 33 36 181 307 436 451 453 610 630 945 1678 1739 1891 2344 2464 Old Latin  itd ite itgig itp, Syriac Harclean margin, Coptic Sahidic, Boharic, Armenian, and so quoted by  Irenaeus in Latin,  (Ambrosiaster κυρίου Ἰησοῦ) Lucifer, Apostolic Constitutions Didymus, Pelagius, Jerome, Theodoret1/2 (Theodoret1/2 Χριστοῦ) Theophylact

 

Reading LORD AND GOD [κυρίου καὶ θεοῦ] are C3 L P 049 326 1241 2127 2492 Byzantine

 

 

with some reading LORD OF GOD  [κυρίου τοῦ θεοῦ] - 88 330 1877c Byzpt  Lectionary,  Slavonic version.  


Notes from the Internet

 Early Church Affirms the Deity of Christ

 Ignatius of Antioch, a student of the apostle John,  refers to "the blood of God"


I have become acquainted with your name, much-beloved in God, which you have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Being the followers of God, and stirring up yourselves by THE BLOOD OF GOD, you have perfectly accomplished the work which was beseeming to you. For, on hearing that I came bound from Syria for the common name and hope, trusting through your prayers to be permitted to fight with beasts at Rome, that so by martyrdom I may indeed become the disciple of Him "who gave Himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God," Ephesians 5:2 [you hastened to see me]. I received, therefore, your whole multitude in the name of God, through Onesimus, a man of inexpressible love, and your bishop in the flesh, whom I pray you by Jesus Christ to love, and that you would all seek to be like him. And blessed be He who has granted unto you, being worthy, to obtain such an excellent bishop. (Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Chapter 1. Praise of the Ephesians


http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0104.htm



As Harris himself points out, as quickly as the early second century Ignatius could write about "God's blood" (Ignatius's Epistle to the Ephesians, 1:1). Where did Ignatius get such language? Is it best explained as an Ignatian innovation or as reflecting Paul’s words in Acts, originally spoken to the Ephesian Christians (Acts 20:17, 28)? The Ephesian connection gives weight to the latter view.

 

Polycarp refers to the blood of God

 

http://www.risenjesus.com/the-early-church-fathers-on-jesus 

 

Polycarp agrees with the teachings of the apostles that Jesus is God.

 

Ignatius was the Bishop of Antioch at the same time Polycarp was the Bishop of Smyrna. He wrote seven letters to the Churches while en route to his execution in Rome around the year A. D. 110. In Ignatius’ letter to the Ephesians 18:2 he states: For our God, Jesus the Christ, was conceived by Mary according to God’s plan . . .

In 19:3 he states: Consequently all magic and every kind of spell were dissolved, the ignorance so characteristic of wickedness vanished, and the ancient kingdom was abolished, when God appeared in human form to bring the newness of eternal life . . .

 

In 7:2 he states: There is only one physician, who is both flesh and spirit, born and unborn, God in man, true life in death, both from Mary and from God, first subject to suffering and then beyond it, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

And in 1:1 . . .Being as you are imitators of God, once you took on new life through THE BLOOD OF GOD you completed perfectly the task so natural to you.


 


There is no reason why Paul couldn’t speak of the blood of God, especially when elsewhere in his writings he even calls Jesus God. As the late A.T. Robertson said:


The church of God (thn ekklhsian tou qeou). The correct text, not "the church of the Lord" or "the church of the Lord and God" (Robertson, Introduction to Textual Criticism of the N.T., p. 189). He purchased (periepoihsato). First aorist middle of peripoiew, old verb to reserve, to preserve (for or by oneself, in the middle). In the N.T. only in Luke John 17:33; Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:13. The substantive peripoihsin (preservation, possession) occurs in 1 Peter 2:9 ("a peculiar people" = a people for a possession) and in Ephesians 1:14. With his own blood (dia tou aimatoß tou idiou). Through the agency of (dia) his own blood. Whose blood? If tou qeou (Aleph B Vulg.) is correct, as it is, then JESUS IS HERE CALLED "GOD" WHO SHED HIS OWN BLOOD FOR THE FLOCK. It will not do to say that Paul did not call Jesus God, for we have Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Titus 2:13 where he does that very thing, besides Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11. (Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament)



http://thecripplegate.com/did-the-early-church-affirm-jesus-deity/


1. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 50–117): For our God, Jesus the Christ, was conceived by Mary according to God’s plan, both from the seed of David and of the Holy Spirit. (Ignatius, Letter to the Ephesians, 18.2. Translation from Michael Holmes, Apostolic Fathers, 197)


2. Ignatius (again): Consequently all magic and every kind of spell were dissolved, the ignorance so characteristic of wickedness vanished, and the ancient kingdom was abolished when God appeared in human form to bring the newness of eternal life. (Ibid., 19.3. Holmes, AF, 199)


3. Ignatius (again): For our God Jesus Christ is more visible now that he is in the Father. (Ignatius, Letter to the Romans, 3.3. Holmes, AF, 229)


4. Ignatius (again): I glorify Jesus Christ, the God who made you so wise, for I observed that you are established in an unshakable faith, having been nailed, as it were, to the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ignatius, Letter to the Smyrnaeans, 1.1. Holmes, AF, 249.)


5. Ignatius (again): Wait expectantly for the one who is above time: the Eternal, the Invisible, who for our sake became visible; the Intangible, the Unsuffering, who for our sake suffered, who for our sake endured in every way. (Ignatius, Letter to Polycarp, 3.2. Holmes, AF, 265.)


6. Polycarp of Smyrna (69–155): Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal high priest himself, the Son of God Jesus Christ, build you up in faith and truth . . ., and to us with you, and to all those under heaven who will yet believe in our Lord and God Jesus Christ and in his Father who raised him from the dead. (Polycarp, Philippians, 12:2. Holmes, AF, 295)


7. Epistle of Barnabas (written c. 70–130): “If the Lord submitted to suffer for our souls, even though he is Lord of the whole world, to whom God said at the foundation of the world, “Let us make humankind according to our image and likeness,” how is it, then, that he submitted to suffer at the hands of humans?” (Epistle of Barnabas, 5.5. Holmes, AF, 393)


8. Justin Martyr (100–165): And that Christ being Lord, and God the Son of God, and appearing formerly in power as Man, and Angel, and in the glory of fire as at the bush, so also was manifested at the judgment executed on Sodom, has been demonstrated fully by what has been said. (Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 128. Translation from Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Ante-Nicene Fathers, I:264)


9. Justin (again): “Permit me first to recount the prophecies, which I wish to do in order to prove that Christ is called both God and Lord of hosts.” (Ibid., 36. ANF, I:212.)


10. Justin (again): Therefore these words testify explicitly that He [Jesus] is witnessed to by Him [the Father] who established these things, as deserving to be worshipped, as God and as Christ. (Ibid., 63. ANF, I:229)


11. Justin (again): The Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God. And of old He appeared in the shape of fire and in the likeness of an angel to Moses and to the other prophets; but now in the times of your reign, having, as we before said, become Man by a virgin . . .” (Justin Martyr, First Apology, 63. ANF, I:184)


12. Justin (again): For if you had understood what has been written by the prophets, you would not have denied that He was God, Son of the only, unbegotten, unutterable God. (Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 126. ANF, I:263)


13. Tatian (110–172): We do not act as fools, O Greeks, nor utter idle tales when we announce that God was born in the form of man. (Tatian, Address to the Greeks, 21. ANF, II:74)


14. Melito of Sardis (d. c. 180): “He that hung up the earth in space was Himself hanged up; He that fixed the heavens was fixed with nails; He that bore up the earth was born up on a tree; the Lord of all was subjected to ignominy in a naked body – God put to death! . . . [I]n order that He might not be seen, the luminaries turned away, and the day became darkened—because they slew God, who hung naked on the tree. . . . This is He who made the heaven and the earth, and in the beginning, together with the Father, fashioned man; who was announced by means of the law and the prophets; who put on a bodily form in the Virgin; who was hanged upon the tree; who was buried in the earth; who rose from the place of the dead, and ascended to the height of heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.” (Melito, 5. ANF, VIII:757)


15. Irenaeus of Lyons (120–202): “For I have shown from the Scriptures, that no one of the sons of Adam is as to everything, and absolutely, called God, or named Lord. But that He is Himself in His own right, beyond all men who ever lived, God, and Lord, and King Eternal, and the Incarnate Word, proclaimed by all the prophets, the apostles, and by the Spirit Himself, may be seen by all who have attained to even a small portion of the truth. Now, the Scriptures would not have testified these things of Him, if, like others, He had been a mere man. . . . He is the holy Lord, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the Beautiful in appearance, and the Mighty God, coming on the clouds as the Judge of all men; — all these things did the Scriptures prophesy of Him.” (Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 3.19.2. ANF, I:449)


16. Irenaeus (again): “He received testimony from all that He was very man, and that He was very God, from the Father, from the Spirit, from angels, from the creation itself, from men, from apostate spirits and demons.” (Ibid., 4.6.7. ANF, I:469)


17. Irenaeus (again): “Christ Jesus [is] our Lord, and God, and Savior, and King, according to the will of the invisible Father.” (Ibid., 1.10.1. ANF, I:330)


18. Irenaeus (again): “Christ Himself, therefore, together with the Father, is the God of the living, who spoke to Moses, and who was also manifested to the fathers.” (Ibid., 4.5.2. ANF, I:467)


19. Clement of Alexandria (c. 150–215): “This Word, then, the Christ, the cause of both our being at first (for He was in God) and of our well-being, this very Word has now appeared as man, He alone being both, both God and man—the Author of all blessings to us; by whom we, being taught to live well, are sent on our way to life eternal. . . . . . . The Word, who in the beginning bestowed on us life as Creator when He formed us, taught us to live well when He appeared as our Teacher; that as God He might afterwards conduct us to the life which never ends” (Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Heathen, 1. ANF, II:173)


20. Tertullian (c. 160–225): For God alone is without sin; and the only man without sin is Christ, since Christ is also God.” (Tertullian, Treatise on the Soul, 41. ANF, III:221)


21. Tertullian (again): “Thus Christ is Spirit of Spirit, and God of God, as light of light is kindled.  . . . That which has come forth out of God is at once God and the Son of God, and the two are one. In this way also, as He is Spirit of Spirit and God of God, He is made a second in manner of existence—in position, not in nature; and He did not withdraw from the original source, but went forth. This ray of God, then, as it was always foretold in ancient times, descending into a certain virgin, and made flesh in her womb, is in His birth God and man united.” (Tertullian, Apology, 21. ANF, III:34–35)


22. Hippolytus (170–235): “The Logos alone of this God is from God himself; wherefore also the Logos is God, being the substance of God.” (Hippolytus, Refutation of All Heresies, 10.29. ANF, V:151)


23. Caius (180–217) [in response to those who would question the deity of Christ] “Perhaps what they allege might be credible, did not the Holy Scriptures, in the first place, contradict them. And then, besides, there are writings of certain brethren older than the times of Victor, which they wrote against the heathen in defense of the truth, and against the heresies of their time: I mean Justin and Miltiades, and Tatian and Clement, and many others, in all which divinity is ascribed to Christ. For who is ignorant of the books of Irenaeus and Melito, and the rest, which declare Christ to be God and man? All the psalms, too, and hymns of brethren, which have been written from the beginning by the faithful, celebrate Christ the Word of God, ascribing divinity to Him.” (Caius, Fragments, 2.1. ANF, V:601)


24. Origen (c. 185–254): “Jesus Christ . . . in the last times, divesting Himself (of His glory), became a man, and was incarnate although God, and while made a man remained the God which He was.” (Origen, De Principiis, Preface, 4. ANF, IV:240)



25. Novatian of Rome (210–280) “For Scripture as much announces Christ as also God, as it announces God Himself as man. It has as much described Jesus Christ to be man, as moreover it has also described Christ the Lord to be God. Because it does not set forth Him to be the Son of God only, but also the Son of man; nor does it only say, the Son of man, but it has also been accustomed to speak of Him as the Son of God. So that being of both, He is both, lest if He should be one only, He could not be the other. For as nature itself has prescribed that he must be believed to be a man who is of man, so the same nature prescribes also that He must be believed to be God who is of God. . . . Let them, therefore, who read that Jesus Christ the Son of man is man, read also that this same Jesus is called also God and the Son of God” (Novatian, On the Trinity, 11. ANF, V:620.) 

 

Early Church Writers who referred to "the blood of God"

 

Note:  I would like to thank my brother in Christ Mark E. Lamb for doing the research to find these early writings quotes. 

 

347-407 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers - First Series - Volume 11 - Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistle to the Romans - A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles - Homily XLIV on Acts 20:17-21.


So, whereas he seems to be justifying himself, in fact he is terrifying them. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the HOLY GHOST hath made you overseers (or, bishops) to feed the Church of GOD (SEE NOTE 3), WHICH HE HATH PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.” (V. 28.) Do you mark? he enjoins them two things. 



 

347-420 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers - Second Series - Volume 6 - ST. JEROME: Letters and Select Works - The Letters of St. Jerome. - Letter CXLVI - To Evangelus.


In the ACTS OF THE APOSTLES PAUL thus speaks to the priests[5] Sacerdotes. of a single church: “Take heed unto yourselves and to all the flock, in the which the HOLY GHOST hath made you bishops, to feed the CHURCH OF GOD WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.”[6] Acts 20:28, R.V.


 

360-435 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers - Second Series - Volume 11 - The Seven Books of JOHN CASSIAN on the Incarnation of the Lord, Against Nestorius. - Book VII. - Chapter IV. How God has shown His Omnipotence in His birth in time as well as in everything else.


If you estimate the Person of the Lord by earthly weaknesses, and measure GOD’S OMNIPOTENCE by human rules, you will most certainly fail to find anything which seems appropriate to GOD AS CONCERNS THE SUFFERINGS OF HIS BODY. For if it can seem to you unreasonable that MARY COULD GIVE BIRTH TO GOD who was anterior to her, how will it seem reasonable that GOD WAS CRUCIFIED by men? And yet THE SAME GOD WHO WAS CRUCIFIED Himself predicted: “Shall a man afflict God, for you afflict Me?”[1] Mal 3:8. If then we cannot think that the Lord was born of a Virgin because He who was born was anterior to her who bore Him, HOW CAN WE BELIEVE THAT GOD HAD BLOOD? And yet it was said to the Ephesian elders: “FEED THE CHURCH OF GOD WHICH HE HAS PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.”[2] ACTS 20:28

 

35-107 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 1 - Apostolic Fathers - Ignatius - Epistle to the Ephesians: Shorter and Longer Versions - Chapter 1.  Praise of the Ephesians.


I have become acquainted with your name, much-beloved in God, which ye have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Being the followers of God, and stirring up yourselves BY THE BLOOD OF GOD, ye have perfectly accomplished the work which was beseeming to you.


35-107 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 1 - Apostolic Fathers - Ignatius - Epistle to the Ephesians: Shorter and Longer Versions - Chapter 1.  Praise of the Ephesians.


I have become acquainted with your name, much-beloved in God, which ye have acquired by the habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Being the followers of God, and stirring up yourselves BY THE BLOOD OF GOD, ye have perfectly accomplished the work which was beseeming to you.


35-107 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 1 - Apostolic Fathers - Ignatius - Epistle to the Ephesians: Syriac Version - Chapter 1.


Inasmuch as your name, which is greatly beloved, is acceptable to me in God, [your name] which ye have acquired by nature, through a right and just will, and also by the faith and love of Jesus Christ our Saviour, and ye are imitators of God, and are fervent IN THE BLOOD OF GOD,


153-217 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 2 - Clement of Alexandria - Who is the Rich Man that shall be saved?


XXXIV. This visible appearance cheats death and the devil; for the wealth within, the beauty, is unseen by them. And they rave about the carcase, which they despise as weak, being blind to the wealth within; knowing not what a “treasure in an earthen vessel” we bear, protected as it is by the power of God the Father, and THE BLOOD OF GOD the Son,


160-220 A.D. Early Church Fathers - Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 4 - Tertullian - Part Fourth - 4. To His Wife. - Book 2. - Chapter 3. Remarks on Some of the Dangers and Wounds Referred to in the Preceding Chapter.

So far as I know, “WE ARE NOT OUR OWN, BUT BOUGHT WITH A PRICE; ”[6] 1 COR 6:19-20. AND WHAT KIND OF PRICE? THE BLOOD OF GOD.