Sunday, May 25, 2014

He Came To Restore

What is restored to life is not something other than that which dies; just as that which is lost is not something different from that which is found.

It was the sheep that was lost which the Lord came to find. What then was it which perished? Clearly it was the substance of flesh, which lost the breath of life …

The Lord came to restore this flesh to life, that 'as in Adam all die', as possessing merely sensual life, we may live 'in Christ', as having spiritual life, putting away not the handiwork of God but the lusts of the flesh, and receiving the Holy Spirit. 

St. Irenaeus of Lyons


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