Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Commodianus/The Instructions of Commodianus/Chapter 28

Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. IV, Commodianus, The Instructions of Commodianus by Commodianus, translated by Robert Ernest Wallis
Chapter 28

XXVII.—O Fool, Thou Dost Not Die to God.

O fool, thou dost not absolutely die; nor, when dead, dost thou escape the lofty One.  Although thou shouldst arrange that when dead thou perceivest nothing, thou shalt foolishly be overcome.  God the Creator of the world liveth, whose laws cry out that the dead are in existence.  But thou, whilst recklessly thou seekest to live without God, judgest that in death is extinction, and thinkest that it is absolute.  God has not ordered it as thou thinkest, that the dead are forgetful of what they have previously done.  Now has the governor made for us receptacles of death, and after our ashes we shall behold them.  Thou art stripped, O foolish one, who thinkest that by death thou art not, and hast made thy Ruler and Lord to be able to do nothing.  But death is not a mere vacuity, if thou reconsiderest in thine heart.  Thou mayest know that He is to be desired, for late thou shalt perceive Him.  Thou wast the ruler of the flesh; certainly flesh ruled not thee.  Freed from it, the former is buried; thou art here.  Rightly is mortal man separated from the flesh.  Therefore mortal eyes will not be able to be equalled (to divine things).  Thus our depth keeps us from the secret of God.  Give thou now, whilst in weakness thou art dying, the honour to God, and believe that Christ will bring thee back living from the dead.  Thou oughtest to give praises in the church to the omnipotent One.