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ANF09. The Gospel of Peter, The Diatessaron of Tatian, The Apocalypse of Peter, the Vision of Paul, The Apocalypse of the Virgin and Sedrach, The Te
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15.  How Men Followed Jesus.

Only, when Jesus had finished these words, having spoken them in Galilee about Capernaum, then “He departed thence, and came into the borders of Judæa,”61516151    Matt. xix. 1. which were different from Galilee.  But He came to the borders of Judæa, and not to the middle of it, but, as it were, to the outermost parts, where great multitudes followed Him,61526152    Matt. xix. 2. whom He healed at “the borders of Judæa beyond Jordan,”—where baptism had been given.61536153    John i. 28.  But you will observe the difference between the crowds who simply followed, and Peter and the others who gave up everything and followed, and Matthew, who arose and followed him;61546154    Matt. ix. 9. he did not simply follow, but “having arisen;” for “having arisen” is an important addition.  There are always those, then, who follow like the great multitudes, who have not arisen that they may follow, nor have given up all that was theirs formerly, but few are they who have arisen and followed, who also, in the regeneration, shall sit on twelve thrones.61556155    Matt. xix. 28.  Only, if one wishes to be healed, let him follow Jesus.


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