CHRIST AS AN ANGEL BEFORE NICEA
[FOOTNOTE]: Gk., ( ἐπιστήσας ) "...to set up..." or "...establish..."
[FOOTNOTE]: Gk., ( ἡγεμόνιον ) "...to guide..." or "...to lead..."
GREEK TEXT: “...Τὸ μὲν οὖν πρότερον τῷ πρεσβυτέρῳ λαῷ πρεσβυτέρα διαθήκη ἦν καὶ νόμος ἐπαιδαγώγει τὸν λαὸν μετὰ φόβου καὶ λόγος ἄγγελος ἦν, καινῷ δὲ καὶ νέῳ λαῷ καινὴ καὶ νέα διαθήκη δεδώρηται καὶ ὁ λόγος γεγέννηται καὶ ὁ φόβος εἰς ἀγάπην μετατέτραπται καὶ ὁ μυστικὸς ἐκεῖνος ἄγγελος Ἰησοῦς τίκτεται...” - (The Instructor, Book I, chapter VII, MPG [188.8.131.52,2])
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (circa. 153 to 217 C.E.): "...Formerly the older people [the Israelites] had an old covenant, and the law disciplined the people with fear, and THE WORD WAS AN ANGEL; but the fresh and new people [the Christians] has also been given a new covenant, and the Word has appeared, and fear turned into love, and THAT MYSTIC ANGEL IS BORN—JESUS..." — (The Instructor, Book I, chapter VII (7); ANF Roberts & Donaldson, Vol. II, p. 224.)