Friday, September 23, 2016

To Be Found The Pure Bread Of Christ: Inspiring Words Of Ignatius, A 2nd Century Christian Martyr



"I am the wheat of God, and am grounded by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of Christ."  -excerpt from The Letter to the Romans by Ignatius (AD 2nd century)

σιτος ειμι θεου και δι΄οδοντων θηριων αληθομαι, ινα καθαρος αρτος ευρεθω του Χριστου.

The Letter to the Romans by Ignatius, an early-second-century Bishop of Antioch, was written during his transport from Antioch, Syria, to his execution in Rome.

σιτος ειμι θεου (=I am the wheat of God). What a deep and insightful remark! It might be that through life's various trials, sufferings and His chastening, each grain of ours is grounded,,painfully. "No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous." (Heb 12:11a) However, "afterwards, it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them." (11b), that we may be found the pure bread of Christ (καθαρος αρτος του Χριστου).

"Only request in my behalf both inward and outward strength, that I may not only speak, but truly will, so that I may not merely be called a Christian, but really found to be one." by Ignatius

"It is good to set from the world unto God, that I may rise again to Him!" by Ignatius.




Prayer:
O Lord, help each one of us to set from the world unto Thee. Give us patience when we are suffering various trials so that one day, like Ignatius, we may be found the pure bread of Christ as a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1). In Jesus' name. Amen.