Ignatius

Ignatius

Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch, Syria, when he was arrested by Roman soldiers for being a Christian leader. Ten soldiers led him to Rome where in the amphitheater he was to be killed by wild animals. During his route to Rome Ignatius wrote seven epistles to churches of Asia Minor, some of them to the same churches that John the Apostle wrote to in Revelation 2-3. In his Epistle to the Roman church, Ignatius warns other Christians that they should not intervene to rescue him from martyrdom. Ignatius believed that only by dying for Christ could he be a “true disciple” of Jesus Christ. He asked for prayer that he not only be “called a Christian but be found to be one.” He added: “It is better for me to die in Christ Jesus than to be king over the ends of the earth.” Before his death he declared: “I am God’s wheat, and I am ground by the teeth of wild beasts that I may be found pure bread of Christ. Entice the wild beasts that they may become my tomb, that when I fall asleep I shall be truly a disciple of Jesus Christ.” On Oct. 17, 108, be proved by his life that he was “God’s Runner,” a true “courier” of the good news about Jesus Christ.