‘The Lord knoweth them that are His;’ – Augustine

“What can the wolf do? What can the thief and the robber? They destroy none but those predestined to destruction. But of those sheep of which the apostle says, ‘The Lord knoweth them that are His;’ and ‘Whom He did foreknow, them He also did predestinate; and whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and whom He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified;’

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– there is none of such sheep as these that the wolf seizes, or the thief steals, or the robber slays. He, who knows what He gave for them, is sure of their number.” – Augustine, Tractate XLVIII

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