St. Irenaeus: Proof of the Apostolic Preaching (Ancient by Joseph P. Smith

By Joseph P. Smith

Written within the kind of a letter, the evidence is a handbook of theology designed to function a consultant to salvation and how to refute heretics. It used to be composed in Lyons and dates from the tip of the second one to the start of the 3rd century.

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Now, this is what faith does for us, as the elders, the disciples of the aposdes, have handed down to us. First of all, it admonishes us to remember that we have received baptism for remission of sins in the name of God the Father, and in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became incarnate and died and was raised, and in the Holy Spirit of God; and that this baptism is the seal of eternal life and is rebirth unto God, that we be no more children of mortal men, but of the eternal and everlasting God; and that the eternal and everlasting One is God, and is above all creatures, and that all things whatsoever are subject to H i m ; and that what is subject to Him was all made by H i m , so that God is not 17 18 19 20 21 22 2 3 24 ST.

The Father reveals Himself in His " reproduction," the Son, and the Son gives the Spirit to the prophets, who convey the revelation to man. In the process of redemption there are two chains of action, from God to man and from man to God. In the former, God the Father sends the Son, who becomes incarnate, and who confers the Spirit, who enables man to live as he should; in the latter, the Spirit leads man to the Son, who presents him to the Father, and the Father confers " rebirth " and incorruptibility.

He was ever with man, and is the link whereby we have access to the transcendent Father. He is " the Son " because He is the " reproduction " of the Father, His image, expressed on the plane of possible contact with creation; He was always with the Father; the manner of BT 58 2 16 26 INTRODUCTION His " generation " is inscrutable. Because He is the visible image of the invisible Father, it was He who manifested Himself materially in the theophanies of the Old Testament (to Adam, to Abraham and Jacob and Moses).

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