Tuesday, July 15, 2014

he made it all

I love simple statements of reinforcement of the faith.

From James R. Payton Jr.'s Irenaeus on the Christian Faith:

The rule of truth which we hold, is, that there is one God Almighty, who made all things by His Word, and fashioned and formed everything that exists out of nothing. This is what Scripture teaches: "By the Word of the Lord the heavens were  made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth" [Ps 33.6], and "All things came into being through him, and without Him not one thing came into being" [Jn 1.3]. No exception or exclusion is allowed here: the Father made all things by Him, whether visible or invisible, objects known by the senses of by intelligence, temporal or everlasting. He did not make the everlasting things with the assistance of angels ... God need needed no help creating: by His Word and Spirit he makes and disposes and governs all things, and commands all things into existence; He is the one who formed the world; He is the one who fashioned humankind —He is the one who is the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. There is no other God above Him, nor any "initial principle", nor "power", nor "pleroma": He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ...

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