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Doctrine on the Scripture
"Dialogue with Trypho"
by Justin Martyr (110 - 165 ad)
Justin Martyr, who was first a student of Socrates and Plato, but who at length became a Christian, in that which is extant of his writings, quotes 14 books of the New Testament and leaves this testimony to us:
"But straightway a flame was kindled in my soul; and a love of the prophets, and of those men who are friends of Christ, possessed me; and whilst revolving his words in my mind, I found this philosophy alone to be safe and profitable. Thus, and for this reason, I am a philosopher. Moreover, I would wish that all, making a resolution similar to my own, do not keep themselves away from the words of the Saviour. For they possess a terrible power in themselves, and are sufficient to inspire those who turn aside from the path of rectitude with awe; while the sweetest rest is afforded those who make a diligent practice of them. If, then, you have any concern for yourself, and if you are eagerly looking for salvation, and if you believe in God, you may … become acquainted with the Christ of God, and, after being made perfect live a happy life.”
Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I, Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Chapt VIII
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim 3:16-17 KJV
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