Anf-01 v.vii.ix Pg 8 who presumes to do anything without the bishop, thus both destroying the [Church’s] unity, and throwing its order into confusion? For the priesthood is the very highest point of all good things among men, against which whosoever is mad enough to strive, dishonours not man, but God, and Christ Jesus, the First-born, and the only High Priest, by nature, of the Father. Let all things therefore be done by you with good order in Christ. <index subject1="Duties" subject2="of presbyters, etc." title="90" id="v.vii.ix-p8.2"/><index subject1="Submission" subject2="to Christ" title="90" id="v.vii.ix-p8.3"/>Let the laity be subject to the deacons; the deacons to the presbyters; the presbyters to the bishop; the bishop to Christ, even as He is to the Father. As ye, brethren, have refreshed me, so will Jesus Christ refresh you. Ye have loved me when absent, as well as when present. God will recompense you, for whose sake ye have shown such kindness towards His prisoner. For even if I am not worthy of it, yet your zeal [to help me] is an admirable1038
Comp. Heb. x. 29.
Anf-03 vi.iii.viii Pg 21