The parable of the shrewd steward.
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§ From Thomas
Jesus said: A man cannot mount two horses or stretch
two bows. Nor can a servant serve two lords, or he will honor the one and
despise the other.
§ 2 Clement 6.1:
But the Lord says: No houseservant can serve two lords.
If we should wish to serve both God and mammon, it is unprofitable for
2 Clement 8.5-6:
For the Lord says in the gospel: If you did not
keep the small thing, who will give you the great? For I say to you that
he who is faithful in little is also faithful in much. He therefore says
this: Keep the flesh chaste and the seal unstained, in order that we might
receive eternal life.
§ From Irenaeus,
Against Heresies 2.34.3:
Et ideo dominus dicebat ingratis exsistentibus
in eum: Si in modico fideles non fuistis, quod magnum est quis dabit vobis?
And therefore the Lord said to those who exhibited
themselves as ungrateful to him: If you were not faithful in a small thing,
who will give you what is great?
In note 1 of page 354 of Ancient Christian Gospels Helmut Koester notes that
this same saying is found in Hilary, Epistula
seu libellus, chapter 1:
Si in modico fideles non fuistis, quod maius est
quis dabit vobis?
If you were not faithful in a small thing, who will give
you what is greater?
§ Tertullian, Against
Marcion 4.33.4, writing of the gospel that Marcion used:
In nummo scilicet iniusto, non
in creatore, quem et Marcion iustum facit: Et si in alieno fideles
inventi non estis, meum quis dabit vobis?
He means in unjust money, not in the creator,
whom even Marcion makes out to be just: And if you have not been found
faithful in that which is of another, who will give you that which is