Saturday, December 7, 2019

Aspects on The Epistle to The Trallians †

Question: Discuss about the Aspects on The Epistle to The Trallians. Answer: Introduction The following paper is set to focus on the various aspects on the Epistle to the Trallians. This letter was written by Ignatius, who was a Bishop of Antioch in the early second century. He was a martyr as well. This letter was being written to the church of Trallies. He was banished and executed to Rome. This letter was written during the time when he was transported to Rome from Antioch in Syria. The focus will be on the two important aspects. They are the theological points that were being made in the letter and the important things that could catch the interest in the letter. Theological points made in the letter The major contents of this letter deal with the important issues like the impact of the false teaching and the separatism. Ignatius had written this letter to the Bishop Polybius of Trallis. The phrase God Jesus Christ has appeared in this letter.[1] This means there is a huge connection between the religious attributes with this letter. In fact, the meaning of trallians is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus Christ has been linked with this Letter of Trallians many times. Ignatius has said that he has been bound to Jesus Christ in many aspects. He has been the motivation for all the things he wishes to do. He has always been the follower of God and he has been obeying all the commands of the God. Many Christian beliefs and doctrines have been included in this letter. The other name of Ignatius is Theoporus. He is the beloved person of the god who is also the father of the Jesus Christ.[2] He said in the letter that he had the peace of mind and body as a result of the Gods passion. Ignatius holds the belief of resurrection. God is the ultimate ray of hope for the survival of the human beings. In this letter, Ignatius has been thinking about the relationship of the human beings with that of the Jesus Christ who is also the son of God. He has also said to the followers to do everything as per the instructions of the Bishop Polybius. He has forced on the importance of sacrificing his life for the Gospel because he can feel his life is at the end. This letter shows that the Christians had been very much against the rise of the Judaizers. They wanted to defend the Gospel from all the angles. The belief that was incurred in the Docetism was the fact that Jesus was just believed to b e an illusion.[3] He had never been a human entity. All the Christians had been presenting Jesus Christ in the wrong manner. In this letter, Ignatius has provided the magnificent details by which the physical nature of Jesus Christ could be addressed. Ignatius has summarized the Gospel entirely to focus on the fact that Jesus Christ had been manifested as a human being in the past.[4] Ignatius has said that there were some people who were the only taught that Jesus was the only entity to suffer for the mankind. Ignatius had argued on the contrary that it would be a false thing because he would be guilty if he did not suffer. His sufferings would go in vain. Many proofs had been found that Jesus Christ had been seen as a human being, he was seen by the angels, his spirit was vindicated and his earthly existence has been known all over the world. The theological perspectives like the very existence of Jesus have been portrayed in this letter very well because he has said it in the letter that Jesus Christ was the person to be descended of both David and Mary. Jesus was actually crucified and he actually died indeed. Interesting things in the letter It is a known fact that this Epistle to the Trallians can be divided into two editions. One is the longer version and another one is the shorter. Generally there are four sections in the epistle that are Beneficent greeting, Honor of the officers of the church, Warning against the Docetists and the Final Exhortations and greetings. There are some very interesting matters in this letter. One of them is the Presbyterianism. A proper historical support can be found in this letter in chapter 2. Ignatius has put much effort on the diaconate.[5] He said that the deacons were the ministers of the Jesus Christ. He has said that Jesus Christ should be the one whom everyone should respect. The deacons were not the immediate servants of the meat and drink. Rather they were the servants of the Church of God. They should avoid all the sorts of accusation. He has put stress on the fact that the deacons should engage in reverence with the adherence to Jesus Christ, his apostles, the presbyters as t he Sanhedrim of God and Jesus Christ who is the son of God.[6] He has stressed on the fact that the meat of the epistles has got nothing to do with the Docetism.[7] Ignatius has recalled it again that the things being said in Docetism are not at all the truths. The things that Jesus only appeared as a human and not being a proper human at all is a complete myth. Jesus Christ was actually seen to be a human being indeed. He wrote this letter to the Bishop urging to propagate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.[8] Conclusion This paper can be concluded by saying that the Epistles of Trallians have exposed the sayings that Ignatius, the arch bishop of Antioch had delivered. This reflects many theological facts and the facts that Jesus Christ really had existed as a human beings. 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