and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; thus they owned the proper deity, and almighty power of God, and Christ, which they dreaded; so Maximinus being afflicted with a most horrible disease, of which he died, asked pardon of the God of the Christians, and owned that he suffered justly, for his reproaches of Christ [u] Licinius, who sometimes pretended to be a Christian, and joined with Constantine, but afterwards revolted and fought against him, being conquered and taken, was put to death; at which time he, and they that suffered death with him, confessed that the God of Constantine was the only true God [w]. This passage shows, that Christ, God's firstborn, is higher than the kings of the earth; yea, that he is equal with him that sits upon the throne, with God his Father, since his wrath is equally dreaded as his; and that, though he is a Lamb, mild, meek, and gentle, yet there is wrath, fury, and indignation in him, against his enemies, which is very dreadful and intolerable; see Ps 2:12. [t] Aurel. Victor. Epitome. [u] Euseb. Hist. l. 9. c. 10. & de Vita Constantin. l. 1. c. 59. [w] Euseb. de Vita Constantin. l. 2. c. 18.
[t] Aurel. Victor. Epitome. [u] Euseb. Hist. l. 9. c. 10. & de Vita Constantin. l. 1. c. 59. [w] Euseb. de Vita Constantin. l. 2. c. 18.