An History of Early Opinions Concerning Jesus Christ, Compiled from Original Writers, Proving That the Christian Church Was at First Unitarian Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1786 edition. Excerpt: ...fame import. The last of the Gnostics, viz. the Manicheans, thought as others had done before them, that Christ had no real flesli, but only the appearance of it, but according to Theophykct, Manes thought he had a real body till his baptism, when he left Tcv xpirov Ev rapu ysyovivat a Bstelai, pavlcur/Mt cuflov teyav titwi. Socratis, fjist, lib. i. cap. 22. p: 55. it it in the river Jordan, and took another, which had only the appearance of one. Absurd as these notions of the Gnostics are, and dangerous as we shall find their consequences were, it must not be forgotten, that the object of them was to do honour to Christ, as the most illustrious messenger of God to man. For it was thought that he could not have had that perfection of character which was requisite for his high office, if his mind had been subject to the influence of common flesh and blood. Marcion said, that " he could not "have been pure, if he took human flesh-j-." We find that the Gnostics argued in defence of even this part of their system from' the New Testament. For we learn from Origen, that some of the heretics endeavoured to prove, from Paul's faying, We are planted in the likeness of Christ's death, that he did not really die, but only had the ap Oi Manxouoi X y8riv o7i To raix avis Ooteseio tv Tw lop$avrt nctla pavWw & o&to Mput cSn&v. In Matt. cap. 4. vol.i. p. 20. + TLofav MapKiw opa Ti pwa. mt wouvolo 0 Sws rapxa mataCwv usivai Kaftans. Chrysostom In Eph. vi. 10. vol. 10. p. 1188. N 4 pearancc pearance of death; and the Marcionites said that, according to Paul, Christ was only " in fojhion as a man, and not a man-f-." No writer in the New Testament opposes this very principle of the Gnostics concerning the...
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