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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IRENÆUS: XXVI.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

XXVI.

Know 4840 thou that every man is either empty or full. For if he has not the Holy Spirit, he has no knowledge of the Creator; he has not received Jesus Christ the Life; he knows not the Father who is in heaven; if he does not live after the dictates of reason, after the heavenly law, he is not a sober-minded person, nor does he act uprightly: such an one is empty. If, on the other hand, he receives God, who says, “I will dwell with them, and walk in them, and I will be their God,” 4841 such an one is not empty, but full.


Footnotes

572:4840

It is not certain from what work of Irenæus this extract is derived; Harvey thinks it to be from his work περὶ ἐπιστήμης, i.e., concerning Knowledge.

572:4841

Lev. xxvi. 12.


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