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3 ). Essentially, the author is making a point of stating that the worldly existence is “unjust and lawless” and therefore one should aim to be free of the physical existence in order to receive God’s grace and enter his just and lawful kingdom. The author also emphasizes the need for perseverance in Christians who must physically endure such oppressive circumstances. The first example of this being the “noble Germanicus”, and as Polycarp is introduced and his story is recounted, his consistent display of perseverance as well. There are two slaves of Polycarp who characterize the lack of perseverance and break under torture. These slaves are labeled betrayers and the author states, “…those who betrayed him might receive the punishment of Judas” ( MartPol. 6 ). So without perseverance and faith in the fact that the body is a temporary existence, one is condemned and shall suffer a fate as severe as Judas’. The attachment to one’s body and its flaws is not as sacred as one’s relationship with God and his saving grace.
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