Thursday, June 18, 2009

Augustine on 1 John 2:2 and "Whole World"

In like manner it is said, on the one hand, "the whole world lies in wickedness," [1 John 5:19] because of the tares which are throughout the whole world; and, on the other hand, Christ "is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world," [1 John 2:2] because of the wheat which is throughout the whole world.

Itaque et totus mundus in maligno positus est, propter zizania quae sunt per totum mundum; et Christus propitiator est peccatorum nostrorum, non tantum nostrorum, sed et totius mundi, propter triticum quod est per totum mundum.

- Augustine, Letter 93 to Vincentius, Chapter 9, Section 32 (NPNF1, Vol. 1 - J.G. Cunningham translator)(English)(Latin)