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from Origen's Commentary on Matthew, * Klostermann p. 121, line 23 - p. 126, line 32.
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E SAYS that anyway everything that has been announced will be fulfilled and the generation of the faithful will remain. (...) Since the word 'generation' in the Bible has many meanings (for it means the people that descend from the circumcision as well as those who descend from the nations), we must listen and understand, that the generation which was in front of the Savior of the New Testament, will not pass, nor will it arrive to the promises, until all things the Savior said have been fulfilled. And to each of us these things must happen mystically, if one endures and remains unmovable from the teaching in all until the end, until the glorious presence of Christ.

κάστῳ ἡμῶν ταῦτα γενέσθαι μυστικῶς δεῖ

Λέγει οὖν ὅτι πάντως ἐκβήσεται τὰ εἰρημένα καὶ μενεῖ ἡ γενεὰ τῶν πιστῶν. (...) Ἐπεὶ πολύσημος ἐν τῇ Γραφῇ ἡ γενεὰ λέξις (δηλοῖ γὰρ καὶ τὸν ἐκ περιτομῆς λαὸν καὶ τὸν ἐξ ἐθνῶν) ἀκουστέον͵ ὅτι οὐ μὴ παρέλθῃ ἡ ἐν ὄψει τοῦ Σωτῆρος τῆς Καινῆς Διαθήκης γενεὰ οὐδὲ ἐλεύσεται ἐπὶ τὰς ἐπαγγελίας͵ ἕως οὗ πάντα ἃ εἶπεν ὁ Σωτὴρ γένηται. Καὶ ἑκάστῳ δὲ ἡμῶν ταῦτα γενέσθαι μυστικῶς δεῖ͵ ἐὰν ἀπὸ τῆς διδασκαλίας ἕως τέλους ἐν πᾶσι τις διαρκέσας μείνῃ ἀπαθὴς ἄχρι τῆς ἐνδόξου Χριστοῦ παρουσίας.

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