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XII. OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH; OF THE BREATH OF LIFE AND THE VIVIFYING SPIRIT.

Death is only pushed out by the by the knowledge of God bringing to us life. His Word pushes out the death to bring us into the life of the Spirit. Every creature has breath, but breath is not everlasting. Only His Spirit brings us to life. The final stage of the Spirit working in us is Salvation. All this is done through the process of killing the flesh and our old nature. For us to have salvation, we must kill the works of the flesh within us.

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IX. “FLESH AND BLOOD SHALL NOT POSSESS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

Irenaeus starts off by refuting the heretics view on salvation, outlining man as being dead without the Spirit of God and explains what the “living man” is. He goes on to explain how our flesh is inherited by the Spirit and how we inherit the Kingdom of God. We cannot inherit the kingdom of God unless we die to our fleshly impulses. Our soul will either obey the Spirit of God or sympathize with flesh and fall into the various lusts our flesh desires.

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XIV. UNLESS THE FLESH WERE TO BE SAVED, THE WORD WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN UPON HIM FLESH.

If Christ did not come into the flesh, our flesh would not be able to be saved. If he had come in another substance other that what our flesh is made of, it could not be saved. Others have twisted the understanding of the Scripture that says: “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God” to show that our bodies cannot be redeemed. Jesus, by means of communion, eating of His flesh and blood we are redeemed. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God” actually is referring to the carnal works of the flesh cannot inherit the Kingdom.

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XIV. THEOPHILUS AN EXAMPLE OF CONVERSION.

Our salvation counts on understanding the prophecies hidden in the sacred Scriptures and the Prophets. They show what has passed and what is to come. Only those who truly see them, become believers. Those who have a reverence to understand what the prophetic Scriptures are saying will create in us an attitude that will help allow us to understand what the Holy Word is saying and will reap the eternal gift form Yah, and will escape eternal damnation.