Chrysostom's indirect affirmation of the αὐτόπιστος (self-attestation) of Holy Scripture

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    Chrysostom (349-407): Since you make much ado with my testimony, and in this way say that I am more worthy of credit than He, you needs must know this, that it is impossible for One who cometh from heaven to have His credit strengthened by one that inhabiteth earth. NPNF1: Vol. XIV, Homilies on the Gospel of John, Homily 30, §1.
    Greek text: Ἐπειδὴ, φησὶ, τὴν ἐμὴν ἄνω καὶ κάτω περιστρέφετε μαρτυρίαν, καὶ ταύτῃ με ἀξιοπιστότερον εἶναί φατε, ἐκεῖνο ὑμᾶς ἀναγκαῖον εἰδέναι, ὡς οὐκ ἔνι τὸν ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν ἐρχόμενον, ἀξιόπιστον ἀπὸ τοῦ τὴν γῆν οἰκοῦντος γενέσθαι. In Joannem, Homilia XXX, §1, PG 59:171.
    If we view Chrysostom's implication as being an affirmation of the Creator/creature distinction, then it follows that the vox Dei in Holy Scripture is self-attesting.

    Lampe's entry for ἀξιόπιστον, (G. W. H. Lampe, A Patristic Greek Lexicon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1961), p. 167, 2nd col.)

    ἀξιόπιστος, A. trustworthy; 1. in gen. τίς ἀξιοπιστότερός σοι σύμβουλος τοῦ θεοῦ; Bas.hom. 13.3 (2.I16C; M31.429C); of Christ δογματιστὴν ἀ. Isid.Pel.eppI.20 (M.78.196A); of scripture, (M.88.73D); Jo.D.f.o.4.27(M.94.1224C); παρʼ ἡμῖν ἀξιοπιστότερα τῶν τὰ πράγματα Hadr.introdu.33 (M.98.1281A); neut. as subst. credibility, Areth.Apoc.2(M.106.513C); probability, Clem. paed.3.4(p.252.1; M8.593A); 2. of persons qualified for a task, competent, Gr,Naz.or.40.26(M.36.396B); of things, sufficient, adequate, Bas.Spir.48(3.40C; M.32.156A); Chrys.sac.3.12(p.69.8; I.389D); ‡Chrys.Abr.(2.742C); 3. worthy of respect or consideration, ‡Nil.perist.5.1(M.79852A); τοῦ ἁγιωτάτου πατριάρχου· ἑτέρων τε ἀ. προσώπων Thdr.Stud.test.(M.99.1816B); neut. as subst., authority, prestige τὸ γεραῖον τῆς ἡλικίας καὶ ἀ. οὐκ ἐπικαλυπτέον Clem.paed.3.11(p.271.30; M.8.637C); Gr,Naz.or.6.20(M.35.748C); διὰ τοῦ ἀ. τοῦ προσώπου τὸ ὑψηλὸν τοῦτο δόγμα...συνίστησι Aminon.Jo.1:18(M.85.1400D); 4. plausible, Ign,Philad.2.2; id.Polyc.3.1; Diogn.8.2. B. able to believe ἵνα ἀ. αὐτοὺς ἐργάσηται Chrys.hom.4.2 in Phil.(11.221C).
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