Cyprian on a Teachable Spirit

S-ANF-Set   In Epistle LXXIII, Cyprian writes to Pompey about heretics and baptism.  In this letter, he also mentions the beauty of a teachable spirit (cf. 2 Tim. 2.24), which heretics generally do not have.  I love these lines.

“Now he is teachable who is meek and gentle to the patience of learning.  For it behoves a bishop not only to teach, but also to learn; because he also teaches better who daily increases and advances by learning better.”

Found on page 389 of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, volume 5.  By the way, I saw that CBD has many of these individual volumes on sale for around three bucks.  Go there and get volume 5 if you want to read Cyprian’s excellent letters and treatises. 

shane lems

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