Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Commodianus/The Instructions of Commodianus/Chapter 37
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XXXVI.—Of the Foolishness of the Cross.
I have spoken of the twofold sign whence death proceeded, and again I have said that thence life frequently proceeds; but the cross has become foolishness to an adulterous people. The awful King of eternity shadows forth these things by the cross, that they may now believe on Him. O fools, that live in death! Cain slew his younger brother by the invention of wickedness. Thence the sons of Enoch are said to be the race of Cain. Then the evil people increased in the world, which never transfers souls to God. To believe the cross came to be a dread, and they say that they live righteously. The first law was in the tree; and thence, too, the second. And thence the second law first of all overcame the terrible law with peace. Lifted up, they have rushed into vain prevarications. They are unwilling to acknowledge the Lord pierced with nails; but when His judgment shall come, they will then discern Him. But the race of Abel already believes on a merciful Christ.
- [Or, “shadows forth Himself.”]
- “Eusebius tells of another Enoch, who was not translated without seeing death.”—Rig. [See Gen. iv. 17, 18. S.]
- Et inde secunda terribilem legem primo cum pace revincit.—Davis, conjecturally.