Thursday, June 28, 2012

Irenaeus: hold the rule of faith

Thursday, June 28, 2012
    Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200
    You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
    —2 Corinthians 3:3-4 (NIV)
    Now, that we may not suffer [heretical teaching], we must needs hold the rule of the faith without deviation, and do the commandments of God, believing in God and fearing Him as Lord and loving Him as Father. Now this doing is produced by faith: for Isaiah says: If ye believe not, neither shall ye understand. And faith is produced by the truth; for faith rests on things that truly are. For in things that are, as they are, we believe; and believing in things that are, as they ever are, we keep firm our confidence in them.
    ... Irenaeus (c.130-c.200), The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching [2nd c.], par. 3 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the truth.
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