Anf-03 v.iv.v.xx Pg 14 of course comprised of spirits, you should learn that Christ also must be understood to be an exterminator of spiritual foes, who wields spiritual arms and fights in spiritual strife; and that it was none other than He,4228
Luke viii. 30.
4228 Atque ita ipsum esse. who now had to contend with even a legion of demons. Therefore it is of such a war as this that the Psalm may evidently have spoken: “The Lord is strong, The Lord is mighty in battle.”4229
Anf-01 ix.vi.xxxiv Pg 28 him who was stronger than men,4276
Matt. xxii. 29; Luke xi. 21, 22.
4276 Literally, “who was strong against men.” who had not only overcome man, but also retained him under his power, and conquered him who had conquered, while he set free mankind who had been conquered, unless He had been greater than man who had thus been vanquished? But who else is superior to, and more eminent than, that man who was formed after the likeness of God, except the Son of God, after whose image man was created? And for this reason He did in these last days4277
4277 In fine; lit. “in the end.” exhibit the similitude; [for] the Son of God was made man, assuming the ancient production [of His hands] into His own nature,4278
4278 In semetipsum: lit. “unto Himself.” as I have shown in the immediately preceding book.