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Irenaeus, Refutation Of All Heresies, 5.18.1


nanAnd such or so important a dispensation He did not bring about by means of the creations of others, but by His own; neither by those things which were created out of ignorance and defect, but by those which had their substance from the wisdom and power of His Father. For He was neither unrighteous, so that He should covet the property of another; nor needy, that He could not by His own means impart life to His own, and make use of His own creation for the salvation of man. For indeed the creation could not have sustained Him [on the cross], if He had sent forth [simply by commission] what was the fruit of ignorance and defect. Now we have repeatedly shown that the incarnate Word of God was suspended upon a tree, and even the very heretics do acknowledge that He was crucified. How, then, could the fruit of ignorance and defect sustain Him who contains the knowledge of all things, and is true and perfect? Or how could that creation which was concealed from the Father, and far removed from Him, have sustained His Word? And if this world were made by the angels (it matters not whether we suppose their ignorance or their cognizance of the Supreme God), when the Lord declared, "For I am in the Father, and the Father in Me," how could this workmanship of the angels have borne to be burdened at once with the Father and the Son? How, again, could that creation which is beyond the Pleroma have contained Him who contains the entire Pleroma? Inasmuch, then, as all these things are impossible and incapable of proof, that preaching of the Church is alone true [which proclaims] that His own creation bare Him, which subsists by the power, the skill, and the wisdom of God; which is sustained, indeed, after an invisible manner by the Father, but, on the contrary, after a visible manner it bore His Word: and this is the true [Word].


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

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1. Irenaeus, Refutation of All Heresies, 1.10.3, 2.14.8, 2.28.4, 3.12.12, 3.15.2, 3.16, 3.17.4, 3.25.2, 4.4.3, 4.18.5, 4.30.3, 4.33.3, 5.5.1, 5.8.3, 5.26.2, 5.29.1, 5.31.1, 5.36.1 (2nd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

2. Tertullian, Prescription Against Heretics, 41-42, 38 (2nd cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

3. Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History, 5.20 (3rd cent. CE - 4th cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
adoption Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
anthropology Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
behr, j. Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
body Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
breath and spirit Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
christology Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 111
community Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
divine economy Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
economy Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
flesh Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
flora Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
god as supreme king and wise architect Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 54
great church Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
heretics {see also gnostics; marcionites) Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
humanity of christ Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 111
intellect Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
life eternal Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
marcion Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388; Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 54
marcionites Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
mysteries Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
old testament Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
participation Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
person of christ Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 111
philo Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
pluralism, theological Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
ptolemy (valentinian, teacher of justin, apol. Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
recapitulation Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 111
redemption Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 111
rousseau, a. Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
sacraments Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
spirit Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
tertullian Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 54
tolerance Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries: From Paul to Valentinus (2003) 388
trinity Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
wisdom Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
word, the' Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 90
word, the Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 223
word of god Osborne, Irenaeus of Lyons (2001) 111