After the evangelist has taught us the three orders through the three propositions which were previously mentioned, he sums up the three under one head, saying, “The same was in the beginning with God.”
But if indeed there were not something useful that resulted from drinking from the fountain, Jesus would not have sat upon the fountain, nor would he have said to the Samaritan woman, “Give me a drink.”
Bk 32. 24-29
In the case of Judas, therefor, it has been written, “The devil having already put into his heart that Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, should betray him. Consequently with this you might say of each of those wounded in the heart by the devil, the devil having already put it in the heart of s0-and-so that he should commit fornication, and so-and-so that he should commit fraud, and so-and-so that, mad for fame, he should submit to idolatry of those who seem to have rank, and so in the case of the other sins that the devil puts into that heart that is not armed with the shield of faith, by which shield of faith one can quench not one, or two, but all the fiery darts of the wicked one
25. Since, therefore, the economy of suffering was approaching, inasmuch as Judas Iscariot, son of Simon Iscariot, who had been wounded by the devil, was about to betray him, while the supper was in process, Jesus, its says, “knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came from God, and goes to God, rises from supper.
26. The things, therefore, that were not formerly in Jesus’ hands are given into his hands by the Father. And it is not some things and not others that are given into his hands, but all things. David, too, seeing in the Spirit, says in relation to this, “The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.
27. For Jesus, enemies were also a part of the “all things” that Jesus knew, so far as it was in the power of foreknowledge, to be given to him by the Father. but, that we may perceive more clearly what that statement means, “The Father had given all things into his hands,” let us turn our attention to this statement, “For as in ADam all die, so in the Lord all shall be made alive,”
28. But even though the Father has given “all things” into his hands, and in Christ “all shall be made alive,” the justice of God is not confounded, nor the fact that each is treated as he deserves. This is made clear when the words, “but each in his own order, are added to the words, “so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
29. And again in turn you will perceive the different orders of those who will be made alive in Christ when the statement, “The Father had given all things into his hands,” is fulfilled, when you understand it in conjunction with the statement, “Christ the firstfruits, then those who are Christ’s in his coming, then the end.” This end will be present with Christ in his coming when “he will deliver the kingdom to God and the Father,” having previously destroyed “every principality and every authority and power.”