The presbyters, the disciples of the apostles, say that this is the gradation and arrangement of those who are saved, and that they advance through steps of this nature, and that, moreover, they ascend through the Spirit to the Son, and through the Son to the Father, and that in due time the Son will yield up his work to the Father, even as it is said by the apostle, "For he must reign until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." For in the times of the Kingdom the righteous man who is on the earth shall forget to die. "But when He says all things are put under him, it is manifest that He is excepted Who did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subjected to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to Him, Who put all things under him, that God may be all in all." (Fragments of the Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord, 5).
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