Friday, June 20, 2014

A Voice from the Past - Irenaeus

For in no other way could we have learned the things of God, unless our Master, existing as the Word, had become man. For no other being had the power of revealing to us the things of the Father, except His own proper Word. For what other person “knew the mind of the Lord,” or who else “has become His counsellor?” Again, we could have learned in no other way than by seeing our Teacher, and hearing His voice with our own ears, that, having become imitators of His works as well as doers of His words, we may have communion with Him, receiving increase from the perfect One, and from Him who is prior to all creation.

Irenaeus, 125-202 AD, Against All Heresies, Book V, Chapter I, 1, (The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Phillip Schaff, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001, p.764)

Is this the right attitude toward Jesus Christ? How does it affect our lives?

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