I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Saturday, January 4, 2014


A. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage (douloō)

B. under the elements (stoicheion) of the world.

C. But when the fullness of the time had come,

D. God sent forth (exapostellō)

E. His Son (uihos),

F. born of a woman,

G. born under the law (hupo nomos),

X. to redeem

G. those who were under the law (hupo nomos),

F. that we might receive the adoption

E. as sons. And because you are sons (uihos),

D. God has sent forth (exapostellō) the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

C. Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

B. But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements (stoicheion),

A. to which you desire again to be in bondage (douleuō)?

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