24 April 2012

Patristic Quote of the Day

By remitting sins, He did indeed cure man, while He also manifestly showed who He was.  For if no one can forgive sins but God alone, since the Lord remitted sins and healed men, it is plain that He was Himself the Word of God made the Son of Man.  As man, He received from the Father the power to forgive sins.  As man, He suffered for us, so that in this way as God He might have mercy on us.  -- St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 5:17.2

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