Monday, January 07, 2013

Satan: Who Nevertheless is Impenitent.

It was said by Jesus that he had once compassion on Satan, knowing his fall; and he had compassion on mankind whom Satan tempts to sin. Therefore he prayed and fasted to our God, who spoke to him by His Angel Gabriel: "What seek you, O Jesus, and what is your request?"

He said: "Lord, You know of what evil Satan is the cause, and that through his temptations many perish; he is Your creature, Lord, whom You did create; therefore, Lord, have mercy upon him."
God answered: "Behold I will pardon him only cause him to say, "Lord, my God, I have sinned, have mercy upon me," and I will pardon him and restore him to his first state."

Jesus rejoiced greatly when he heard this, believing that he had made this peace. Therefore he called Satan, who came, saying: "What must I do for you, O Jesus?"
Jesus answered: "You shall do it for yourself, O Satan, for I love not your services, but for your good have I called you."
Satan replied: "If you desire not my services neither desire I yours; for I am nobler than you, therefore you are not worthy to serve me you who are clay, while I am spirit."

"Let us leave this," said Jesus, "and tell me if it were not well you should return to your first beauty and your first state. You must know that the angel Michael must needs on the day of judgment strike you with the sword of God one hundred thousand times, and each blow will give you the pain of ten Hells."
Satan replied: "We shall see in that day who can do most; certainly I shall have on my side many and most potent idolaters who will trouble God, and He shall know how great a mistake He made to banish me for the sake of a vile [piece of ] clay."

Then Jesus said: "O Satan, you are infirm in mind, and know not what you say."
Then Satan, in a derisive manner wagged his head, saying: "Come now, let us make up this peace between me and God; and what must be done say you, O Jesus, since you are sound in mind."
Jesus answered: "Two words only need be spoken."
Satan replied: "What words?"

Jesus answered: "These: I have sinned; have mercy on me."
Then Satan said: "Now willingly will I make this peace if God will say these words to me."
"Now depart from me," said Jesus, "O cursed one, for you are the wicked author of all injustice and sin, but God is just and without any sin."
Satan departed shrieking, and said: "It is not so, O Jesus, but you tell a lie to please God."
So, "what do you say, Will he even find mercy?"
The answer shall be: "Never, because he is impenitent."

The End.
Not Yet Verified.

The Gospel of Barnabas,

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