Listed here are the real and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) was once born in Alexandria and lived throughout the turbulent years in the course of the cave in of the Roman Empire.
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The passage reads, "You are my witnesses, and I am a witness, says the Lord God, and the Son whom I have chosen" (Is. 43:10 LXX). And notice that this commandment is given not to Jesus' servants but to His friends (cf. In. 15: 15), "Do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do" (Lk. 12:4). Therefore, the One to be feared is "Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Mt. 10:28). For He alone "after He has killed" has "power to cast into hell" (Lie 12:5).
But there may be someone who is zealous of the better gifts and calls martyrs blessed who are rich or who are fathers, since they will beget children a hundred-fold or gain lands and houses a hundred-fold, but who asks whether they will rightly have a manifold possession in spiritual things above those martyrs who were poor in this life. He must be given the answer that just as those who endure tortures and sufferings demonstrate in martyrdom an excellence more illustrious than those not tested in this way, so also those who by using their great love for God have broken and torn apart such worldly bonds as these in addition to their love of the body and oflife, and who have truly borne the Word of God, living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb.
Ger. 14:22). XXXIII. It was not just of old that Nebuchadnezzar's image of gold was set up, nor only then that he threatened Ananias, Azarias, and Misael that he would throw them into the burning fiery furnace unless they worshiped it (cf. Dan: 3). Even now Nebuchadnezzar says the same thing to us, the true Hebrews in exile from our homeland. But as for us, let us imitate those holy men so that we may experience the heavenly dew that quenches every fire that arises in us and cools our governing mind.
An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works by Origen