Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
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Augustine of Hippo
Through love of this true life you ought to consider yourself desolate in this world, no matter what happiness you enjoy. That is the true life in comparison with which this other, which is so much loved, is not to be called life, however pleasant and prolonged it may be. Similarly, that is the true comfort which God promised by the prophet saying, “I will give them true comfort, peace upon peace.” Without this comfort there is more grief than consolation to be found in earthly comforts, whatever they may be. . ...
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come.
There nothing is uncertain, for the foundation being firm, there is no instability, all is firm, fixed, immovable, fast, and enduring.
That they may lay hold, he says, on eternal life.
For the doing of good works can secure the enjoyment of eternal life. ...