Two quotes from Cyril of Jerusalem

In the fourth century Cyril of Jerusalem wrote,

In the same instant you died and were born again; the saving water was both your tomb and your mother.

Solomon’s phrase in another context is very apposite here.  He spoke of a time to give birth, and a time to die.  For you, however, it was the reverse: a time to die, and a time to be born, although in fact both events took place at the same time and your birth was simultaneous with your death.

Perhaps writing as a commentary on Isaiah 43, “When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown.”  Cyril wrote: Temptation is like a winter torrent difficult to cross.  Some then, being most skillful swimmers, pass over, not being whelmed beneath temptations, nor swept down by them, sink in them.  As for example, Judas entering into the temptation of covetousness, swam not through it, but sinking beneath it, was choked both in body and spirit.  Peter entered into the temptation of the denial; but having entered it, he was not overwhelmed by it, but strongly swimming through it, he was delivered from temptation.

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