Quote of the day – Irenaeus, truly edifying, both the quote and where it was found



Ephesians 4:1-6

NKJV

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


“If, therefore, even with respect to creation, there are some things only God knows, while others come within the range of our knowledge, why should we complain if, in regard to those things which we investigate in the Scriptures (which are thoroughly spiritual), we are able by the grace of God to explain only some of them, while we must leave the rest in the hands of God— and that not only in the present world but also in that which is to come— so that God will forever teach and human beings will forever learn the things God teaches? . . . If, then, . . . we leave some questions in the hands of God, we will keep our faith from injury and will continue without danger. Moreover, we will find all Scripture, which has been given to us by God, to be entirely consistent. Then the parables will harmonize with the passages which are perfectly plain, and the statements which are clear in meaning will help explain the parables, and in all the various utterances of Scripture we will hear one harmonious melody, praising in hymns the God who created all things. So, for instance, if anyone asks, “What was God doing before He made the world?” we reply that the answer to such a question lies hidden with God Himself. (2: 28,3) If anyone asks, “How was the Son produced by the Father?” we reply that no one understands that production, or generation, or calling, or revelation, or whatever term may be used to describe His generation: it is utterly indescribable. (2: 28,6) We have learned from the Scriptures that God holds the supremacy over all things. But Scripture has not revealed to us the way He produced it. . . . In the same way, we must leave unanswered the question why, since all things were made by God, some of His creatures sinned and revolted from a state of submission to God. . . . Since we know only in part [1 Cor 13: 12], we must leave all sorts of questions in the hands of Him who gives us grace by measure. (2: 28,7) God alone, who is Lord of all, is without beginning and without end, being truly and forever the same, and always remaining the same unchangeable being. But all things that proceed from Him, everything that has been made and is made, has its own beginning. Consequently, they are inferior to Him who formed them, since they are not unbegotten. (2: 34,2) Life does not arise from us, or from our own nature; it is granted by the grace of God. Therefore the one who takes care of the life received and gives thanks to Him who imparted it will also receive everlasting life. But the one who rejects it and shows himself ungrateful toward his maker, since he has been created and has not recognized Him who bestowed life, deprives himself of ongoing existence. (2: 34,3)”

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France)

Cited by Phil Brown, The Lutheran Baptist blog, September 18, 2017 post

The Sin of Division and How it Has Affected Us


 

13 thoughts on “Quote of the day – Irenaeus, truly edifying, both the quote and where it was found

  1. Thanks, for this “Sin of Division” post, Maria. I think the “virtual” fellowship of believers here at WordPress is a good example of unity with diversity. Genuine believers of various denominations and faith traditions can join together in sweet fellowship as we celebrate our shared faith in Christ and the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We can engage in some lively discussion on the secondaries – and that discussion should always be marked by humbleness and charity – but our unity rests in our shared trust in Christ. The big problem, as you know, is when genuine believers invite into the fold those who are trusting in something other Christ alone. The large number of Protestant denominations doesn’t freak me out like some. I’m glad successive generations of Reformers kept challenging the church to remove remaining vestiges of Roman error. As grateful as I am for Martin Luther, I disagree with him on a number of secondary beliefs like infant baptism, consubstantiation, church and state alliance, Mary’s perpetual virginity, etc.) and I’m glad others continued to challenge the church to continue reforming. The many denominations and the non-denominational movement also prevents a worldly hierarchy like we see with Rome. Have some denominations gone off into the weeds? Absolutely, but the sheer number of groups is a check against wholesale apostasy that we would surely see if the churches were all united under one banner a la Rome.

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  2. It seems that Christendom has fallen for yet another lie of the wicked one: Unity at all costs. But “unity” is not the goal, nor the ‘end game’, nor is it within our grasps outside the working of the Spirit of God. It is not some ‘mystical’ achievement to be sought after, nor does it involve “agreeing to disagree” with each other which is nothing more than a cheap smoke screen to hide one or more person’s false beliefs and the laziness of one or more parties to reach and teach the only truth there is: the Word of God. Real, Biblical Unity is centered on the Person of Jesus Christ, nothing more and certainly nothing less. The problem is, there are too many Jesus’s out there and too many lazy “Christians” who take someone else’s word as gospel truth when they should investigate the words of others and see what the Word of God has to say about any given subject. Real study of the Word that includes a God-given humility toward Him, a hunger for His righteousness, and a seeking of His wisdom will dispel ALL of the modern day doctrinal disputes including the ‘biggy’: Aminianisn vs. the Sovereignty of God. Some people are lazy, some just don’t care, and some would rather fight than submit to the Almighty and Holy God that created them; and some are just plain rebellious wishing to replace the current Occupant of the Throne of God with themselves in whatever manner that can be accomplished. Hence the reason for no “unity” in Christendom, faux “believers.”

    The writer of this article seems to want to “have his cake, and eat it, too” and such nonsense never works before the Only Holy God. One cannot come down in agreement over a matter of doctrine when both viewpoints are in such direct opposition to each other and therefore the Truth. There ARE NOT two ways (or more ) for a man to be born again; only one, by the exclusive working of the Holy Spirit, by Himself, man’s assistance and/or cooperation not needed. If “unity” is really what a person wants, then one MUST come down on the right and Biblical side of this doctrine or there NEVER will be anything that resembles the desired unity. Unity is in Christ————only.

    Darrel

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