St. Paul's teaching fully accords with that in the Gospel according to St. John; for in the Epistle to the Colossians he writes that those who have been brought to a true knowledge of God should give thanks unto their Heavenly Father, 'who 1 made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.' In the beginning of the Epistle to the Hebrews it is thus written: God, 2 having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.' So also in the Epistle to the Philippians it is written: 'Have 3 this mind in you,

1 Col. i. 12-17. 2 Heb. i. 1-3. 3 Phil, ii. 5-11.



which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death. Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.'

Although the Lord Jesus Christ took our humanity upon Him and became truly man, subject like ourselves to hunger and thirst, to sorrow and suffering, to temptation, poverty, persecution arid death, yet He differed from all other men in the fact that He was entirely free from all sin. We learn this from His own teaching and from the testimony of others. Besides this, as in His case was most fitting, His birth from a pure Virgin was miraculous; and His mighty works, culminating in His resurrection from the dead and His ascension into Heaven, proved the truth of His claims and were God's seal upon His own Word (كلمة). In order to prove Christ's freedom from sin we quote from the Gospel some of His own words on this subject. In the Gospel according to St. John we are told that, standing. amid His enemies and