Friday, April 19, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Irenaeus

Therefore, by remitting sins, He did indeed heal man, while He also manifested Himself who He was. For if no one can forgive sins but God alone, while the Lord remitted them and healed men, it is plain that He was Himself the Word of God made the Son of man, receiving from the Father the power of remission of sins; since He was man, and since He was God, in order that since as man He suffered for us, so as God He might have compassion on us, and forgive us our debts, in which we were made debtors to God our Creator.

Irenaeus, 125-202 AD, Against Heresies, Book V, Chapter XVII, 3 (The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Philip Schaff, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001, p.792)

What other implications are there from the fact Jesus was both God and man? How does it affect our life today?

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