November 20, 2012

The Name of God in Early Church Writings: Shepherd of Hermas (2nd century)

"Listen," he said: "the Name of the Son of God is great, and cannot be contained, and supports the whole world. If, then, the whole creation is supported by the Son of God, what think ye of those who are called by Him, and bear the Name of the Son of God, and walk in His commandments? do you see what kind of persons He supports? Those who bear His Name with their whole heart. He Himself, accordingly, became a foundation to them, and supports them with joy, because they are not ashamed to bear His Name."

Shepherd of Hermas, Book Three, Similitude Nine, 
Ch. 14.