Irenaeus- Christ Is The True Knowledge

“True knowledge, then, consists in the understanding of Christ, which Paul terms the wisdom of God hidden in a mystery, which “the natural man receiveth not” (1 Cor. 2: 14), the doctrine of the Cross; of which if any man “taste” (1 Peter 2: 3), he will not accede to the disputations and quibbles of proud and puffed up men (1 Tim. 6: 4-5), who go into matters of which they have no perception (Col. 2: 18).  For the truth is unsophisticated; and “the word is nigh thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart” (Rom. 10: 8), as the same apostle declares, being easy of comprehension to those who are obedient.  For it renders us like to Christ, if we experience “the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3: 10).  For this is the affinity of the apostolical teaching and the most holy “faith delivered unto us” (Jude 3), which the unlearned receive, and those of slender knowledge have taught, not “giving heed to endless genealogies” (1 Tim. 1: 4), but studying rather to observe a straightforward course in life; lest, having been deprived of the Divine Spirit, they fail to attain to the kingdom of heaven.  For truly the first thing is to deny one’s self and to follow Christ; and those who do this are borne onward to perfection, having fulfilled all their Teacher’s will, becoming sons of God by spiritual regeneration, and heirs of the kingdom of heaven; those who seek which first shall not be forsaken.”

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  1. Randy says:

    Here is a link to a project that will be a series of hour long interviews fully based on the writings of the first century Apostles.

    http://www.apostleinterview.com

    Imagine if our twenty first century broadcast media technology was available in the first century reporting on the events and famous people of the day. Herein is the concept. A modern style in-depth interview of the first Apostles. The interview will allow the Apostles to speak the doctrine they wrote for the viewer to hear first hand.

    The first interview is with the incarcerated Paul and conducted by Josephus, a secular historian of the day known by Paul.

    Please offer your comments.

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