The Church today has departed so far from the primordial teachings that Jesus revealed. We need to go back to our roots, back to the traditions that were imparted to the first Church.
Tag: Irenaeus- Against Heresies
The existence of all creation cannot be truly measured or comprehended by any human thought or intellect. The heretics have put boundaries on something that cannot be measured.
Throughout the ages those who confess their love for the Son of God became martyrs and being so was looked upon as an honor. Only resulting in an increasing number of those who believed.
Righteousness comes from walking the commandments in the Spirit. Examples of how Enoch, Abraham and Noah were all righteous men before Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai. The righteousness of the Torah was written in their hearts. The Ten Commandments is the means by which we become the friends of Yah. There is no other way to come into the glory of God outside of the preparation for that life with the commandments. By receiving the power of liberty we will be tested at a higher level to see if we revere, love, and fear the Lord.
Immortality comes through obedience to the commandments of Yahweh. The first set of commandments the Israelites disobeyed, and their hearts went back to Egypt, so he gave them according to their heart the burden of the letter to discipline them to salvation. Salvation comes from the obedience of the commandments.
The Bishops (apostles) were entrusted with an apostolic tradition (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 2:15) which were the hidden mysteries that were given to those chosen men who were perfect and set apart from the rest of the church. These men were more mature and were entrusted with the secret teachings of Christ, as Christ set apart His own 12 disciples from the rest of the crowds to teach them the secrets of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:11). Having these traditions (teachings) set them apart from heretics who claimed to be apostolic.
The sign to see if someone was being renewed was their fruit. The knowledge of God renews us into a new man as the Apostle Paul wrote. Ignorance of the knowledge of God is evident through the deeds of the old man.
Irenaeus uses scripture from Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel to exemplify the Lord’s promise regarding the inheritance of the saints after their resurrection. Irenaeus describes a people who the Lord will gather together and restore them to their own land. He will heal their anguish and do away with their pain. Irenaeus states happy are the servants the Lord finds who are watchful in waiting for His return. The promise was made to the churches united to these from the nations which the Spirit termed “the islands,” because they were formed in the midst of turbulence, suffer the storms of blasphemies, exist as a harbor of safety to those in peril and are a refuge to those who love the height of heaven.
The tribulations that we go through is to teach us the weakness of our mortality and to see how powerful God is
in our lives. We learn from the infirmities that we go through that will lead us into a knowledge of God, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. This is the preparation for the resurrection. It is also understood by the Fathers that the resurrection of the dead would be as when Adam was formed out of the dust of the Earth.
As our Lord Yeshua overcame the human nature while in the body by way of the spirit so shall we overcome
our human nature through the same spirit & be resurrected as the body of Christ just as the head was. The many
mansions are not literal, they are speaking of resurrected bodies.