Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CHRIST AS AN ANGEL BEFORE NICEA

LATIN TEXT: “...Est enim periculum grande, Salvatorem generis humani, totius Dominem et Principem mundi, cui a suo Patre omnia tradita sunt et cuncta concessa, per quem instituta sunt universa, creata sunt tota, digesta sunt cuncta, aevorum omnium et temporum Regum, ANGELORUM OMNIUM PRINCIPEM, ante quem nihil praeter Patrem, hominem tantummodo dicere, et auctoritatem illi divinam in his abnegare. Haec enim contumelia haereticorum ad ipsum quoque Deum Patrem redundabit, si Deus Pater Filium Deum generare non potuit. Sed enim veritati caecitas haereticorum nulla praescribet...” - (Page 713, De. Trinitate. Chap. 11:2., Appendix A: THE RULE OF TRUTH A TRANSLATION OF THE DE TRINITATE OF NOVATIAN (Novatianus, Priest of Rome, c. 240 AD) Translation by Jim L. Papandrea, 1998.)

NOVATION (circa. 210–280 C.E.): “...For it is a great danger to say that the Savior of the human race is only a man; the Lord of all and the Ruler of the world, to whom “all things have been given by [His] Father”[185] and everything submits, through whom all things were ordered, all things were created, all things were arranged, the King of all ages[186] and times, THE [PRINCE] RULER OF ALL ANGELS, before whom nothing [existed] except the
Father, and to deny His divine authority in these things. For this insult of the heretics will also extend to God the Father Himself, if God the Father was not able to generate[187] the Son of God...” - (De. Trinitate. Chap. 11:2., Appendix A: THE RULE OF TRUTH A TRANSLATION OF THE DE TRINITATE OF NOVATIAN (Novatianus, Priest of Rome, c. 240 AD) Translation by Jim L. Papandrea, 1998.)
[FOOTNOTE 185]: Matthew 11:27.
[FOOTNOTE 186]: Allusion to I Timothy 1:17.
[FOOTNOTE 187]: generare

NOVATION (circa. 210–280 C.E.): “...For there is a great risk of saying that the Saviour of the human race was only man; that the Lord of all, and the Chief of the world, to whom all things were delivered, and all things were granted by His Father, [Ltn., ( per ) "THROUGH"] by whom all things were ordained, all things were created, all things were arranged, the King of all ages and times, THE PRINCE OF ALL THE ANGELS, before whom there is none but the Father, was only man, and denying to Him divine authority in these things...” - (De. Trinitate. Chap. 11. ANF Roberts & Donalson.)

NOVATION (circa. 210–280 C.E.): “...HE ( IS ) ALSO AN ANGEL, but He was destined of the Father as AN ANGEL to announce the Great Counsel of God...” - (Chapter XXXI. A Treatise of Novatian Concerning the Trinity. ANF Roberts & Donaldson) 

Compare:

LATIN TEXT: “...uti sicut in supercoelestibus, et spiritalibus, et invisibilibus princeps est Verbum Dei ; sic et in visibilibus, et corporalibus principatum habeat, in semetipsum primatum assumens...” - (Page 72, THE THIRD BOOK OF AGAINST HERESIES BY ST. IRENAEUS, Bishop of Lyons With Short Notes, And A Glossary, by Henry Deane, B. D. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, M DCCC LXXIV.)

IRENAEUS OF LYONS (circa. 130-200 C.E.) : “...that, as the Word of God ( is ) PRINCE AMONG THE SUPER-CELESTIAL AND SPIRITUAL, AND INVISIBLE BEINGS, so He may have the pre-eminence ( also ) among the visible and corporeal...” - (Page 691, Irenaeus, [Book] III. [Chapter] 18, p. 241 APPENDIX, DEFENSIO FIDEI NICAENAE Vol 4. By Bishop George Bull)
[PERSONAL NOTE]: BOOK 3, Chap. 16, Verse 6. is the corresponding reference in ANF Roberts & Donalson.