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The Demonstration Of The Apostolic Preaching by Irenæus

Chapter 86 If then the prophets prophesied that the Son of God was to appear upon theà

If then the prophets prophesied that the Son of God was to appear upon the earth, and prophesied also where on the earth and how and in what manner He should make known His appearance, and all these prophecies the Lord took upon Himself; our faith in Him was well-founded, and the tradition of the preaching (is) true: that is to say, the testimony of the apostles, who being sent forth by the Lord preached in all the world the Son of God, who came to suffer, and endured to the destruction of death and the quickening of the flesh: that by the putting away of the enmity towards God, which is unrighteousness, we should obtain peace with Him, doing that which is pleasing to Him. And this was declared by the prophets in the words:

How beautiful are the feet of them that bring tidings of peace, and of them that. bring tidings of good things.
(Isa. lii.7) And that these were to go forth from Judæa and from Jerusalem, to declare to us the word of God, which is the law for us, Isaiah says thus:

For from Sion shall come forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And that in all the earth they were to preach, David says:

Into all the earth went forth their speech, and their words to the ends of the world.

And that not by the much speaking of the law, but by the brevity of faith and love, men were to be saved, Isaiah says thus:

A word brief and short in righteousness: for a short word will God make in the whole world.
(Cf. Isa. x.23) And therefore the apostle Paul says:

Love is the fulfilling of the law: for he who loves God has fulfilled the law. Moreover the Lord, when He was asked which is the first commandment, said:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy strength.

And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments, He says, all the hangeth and the prophets. So then by our faith in Him He has made our love to God and our neighbour to grow, making us godly and righteous and good. And therefore a short word has God made on the earth in the world.

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