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ANF05. Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix
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5. That the Jews could understand nothing of the Scriptures unless they first believed in Christ.

In Isaiah: “And if ye will not believe, neither will ye understand.”38463846    Isa. vii. 9. Also the Lord in the Gospel: “For if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.”38473847    John viii. 24. Moreover, that righteousness should subsist by faith, and that in it was life, was predicted in Habakkuk: “Now the just shall live by faith of me.”38483848    Hab. ii. 4. Hence Abraham, the father of the nations, believed; in Genesis:  “Abraham believed in God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”38493849    Gen. xv. 6. In like manner, Paul to the Galatians: “Abraham believed in God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Ye know, therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are children of Abraham. But the Scripture, foreseeing that God justifieth the heathens by faith, foretold to Abraham that all nations should be blessed in him.  Therefore they who are of faith are blessed38503850    The Burgundian codex reads, “are justified.” with faithful Abraham.”38513851    Gal. iii. 6–9.


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