|Fragment number||Vinzent 91
|Ancient source used||Eusebius, Ecclesiastical Theology 2.19|
|Modern edition||M. Vinzent, Markell von Ankyra: Die Fragmente (Leiden, 1997).|
What then? Unless we pay attention to the Spirit and consider the monad to be undivided with respect to power, will we not be sinning? For the Word teaches us, “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only” (Mt 4:10). He also declares the same in the Gospel according to Mark. For when a certain scribe approached him and asked, “What is the foremost commandment?”, he answered him saying, “The foremost one of all is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength.’ This is the foremost. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “Well put, teacher, you have spoken the truth in saying that God is one and there is none besides him” (Mk 12:28-32). The scribe seems to have learned how to worship of God through the Law, and is evidently praising the the statement of the Savior, who said, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God is one,” and he confirms that he has spoken well with an oath, for he says, “You have spoken the truth in saying that God is one and there is no one else besides him.” And yet they who boast that they know the mysteries of the New Testament who want to invent a second god, who is distinguished from the Father with respect to hypostasis and power.
Translated by Brandon Rogers under the supervision of Prof. Glen L. Thompson, revised AMJ
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