Irenaeus: Salvation is the work of the Trinity

Therefore the baptism of our rebirth comes through these three articles, granting us rebirth unto God the Father, through His Son, by the Holy Spirit. For those who are bearers of the Spirit of God are led to the Word, that is, to the Son; but the Son takes them and presents them to the Father; and the Father confers incorruptibility. So without the Spirit there is no seeing the Word of God, and without the Son there is no approaching the Father; for the Son is knowledge of the Father, and knowledge of the Son is through the Holy Spirit. But the Son, according to the Father’s good-pleasure, administers the Spirit charismatically as the Father will, to those to whom He will (§7).

Irenaeus, Proof of the Apostolic Preaching, translated by Joseph P. Smith, SJ. In Ancient Christian Writers: The Works of the Fathers in Translation, no. 16 (Westminster, Maryland: The Newman Press, 1952).


About Steven

I study theology and philosophy without ceasing. I have a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University (2013), and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary (2016). I am currently an adjunct professor of philosophy at Grand Canyon University and a Ph.D. student at Fuller Theological Seminary.
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