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Irenaeus, Refutation Of All Heresies, 4.28.3


nanFor the sesame heretics already mentioned by us have fallen away from themselves, by accusing the Lord, in whom they say that they believe. For those points to which they call attention with regard to the God who then awarded temporal punishments to the unbelieving, and smote the Egyptians, while He saved those that were obedient; these same [facts, I say,] shall nevertheless repeat themselves in the Lord, who judges for eternity those whom He doth judge, and lets go free for eternity those whom He does let go free: and He shall [thus] be discovered, according to the language used by these men, as having been the cause of their most heinous sin to those who laid hands upon Him, and pierced Him. For if He had not so Come, it follows that these men could not have become the slayers of their Lord; and if He had not sent prophets to them, they certainly could not have killed them, nor the apostles either. To those, therefore, who assail us, and say, If the Egyptians had not been afflicted with plagues, and, when pursuing after Israel, been choked in the sea, God could not have saved His people, this answer may be given;--Unless, then, the Jews had become the slayers of the Lord (which did, indeed, take eternal life away from them), and, by killing the apostles and persecuting the Church, had fallen into an abyss of wrath, we could not have been saved. For as they were saved by means of the blindness of the Egyptians, so are we, too, by that of the Jews; if, indeed, the death of the Lord is the condemnation of those who fastened Him to the cross, and who did not believe His advent, but the salvation of those who believe in Him. For the apostle does also say in the Second [Epistle] to the Corinthians: "For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them which are saved, and in them which perish: to the one indeed the savour of death unto death, but to the other the savour of life unto life." To whom, then, is there the savour of death unto death, unless to those who believe not neither are subject to the Word of God? And who are they that did even then give themselves over to death? Those men, doubtless, who do not believe, nor submit themselves to God. And again, who are they that have been saved and received the inheritance? Those, doubtless, who do believe God, and who have continued in His love; as did Caleb [the son] of Jephunneh and Joshua [the son] of Nun, and innocent children, who have had no sense of evil. But who are they that are saved now, and receive life eternal? Is it not those who love God, and who believe His promises, and who "in malice have become as little children?


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Hebrew Bible, Genesis, 3.24 (9th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE)

3.24. וַיְגָרֶשׁ אֶת־הָאָדָם וַיַּשְׁכֵּן מִקֶּדֶם לְגַן־עֵדֶן אֶת־הַכְּרֻבִים וְאֵת לַהַט הַחֶרֶב הַמִּתְהַפֶּכֶת לִשְׁמֹר אֶת־דֶּרֶךְ עֵץ הַחַיִּים׃ 3.24. So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way to the tree of life."
2. New Testament, 1 Timothy, 6.20 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

6.20. Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called;
3. Irenaeus, Refutation of All Heresies, None (2nd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

4. Irenaeus, Demonstration of The Apostolic Teaching, 17 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

5. Tertullian, On Baptism, 18.5 (2nd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
anthropology Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216, 219
assimilation Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 219
blasphemy, heresy as Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
body, soul and spirit Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 219
church, humanitys maturation in Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
church, nature of Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
council of carthage, ad 418 Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (2013) 86
disobedience Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216
eve, in irenaean corpus Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
evil Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 219
fall, the Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216, 219
fantino, j. Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216
gnosticism, as deceptive Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
heresy, alterity/otherness/exteriority of Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
image and likeness Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216
initium fidei, intermediate locale, doctrine of Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (2013) 86
irenaeus, heresiological innovations Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
irenaeus, polemical milieu of Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
marcionites Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (2013) 86
marriage, condemned by ascetic and heretical groups Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (2013) 86
myth, associated with heresy Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
newborns, damnation of Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (2013) 86
newborns, innocence of Beatrice, The Transmission of Sin: Augustine and the Pre-Augustinian Sources (2013) 86
old testament, criticism of Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
paradise, church and Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
paradise, humanitys maturation in Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
paradise, nature of Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
participation Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216, 219
perfection Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 219
scripture, as contested authority Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
scripture, as weapon/criterion against heresy Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
sesbo¨u´e, b. Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216
sin Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 216
spirit Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 219
unity of man' Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 219
valentinians Boulluec, The Notion of Heresy in Greek Literature in the Second and Third Centuries (2022) 179
way, humanitys maturation on Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140
way (jesus as), to correlate church and paradise Graham, The Church as Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22–24 (2022) 140