Historical Evidence That The Gifts Didn't Cease When The Apostles Died

Historical Evidence That The Gifts Didn't Cease When The Apostles Died September 29, 2008

This astonishing description by Iraneus of normal church life in the early centuries was cited on Lex Loizides’ blog.

‘So it is that in His name those who truly are His disciples, having received grace from Him, put it to effectual use for the benefit of their fellow-men, in proportion to the gift each one has received from Him.

Some drive out demons really and truly, so that often those cleansed from evil spirits believe and become members of the church; some have foreknowledge of the future, visions, and prophetic utterances;

others, by the laying on of hands, heal the sick and restore them to health; and before now, as I said, dead men have actually been raised and have remained with us for many years.

In fact, it is impossible to enumerate the gifts which throughout the world the church has received from God and in the name of Jesus Christ crucified under Pontius Pilate, and every day puts to effectual use for the benefit of the heathen, deceiving no one and making profit out of no-one: freely she received from God, and freely she ministers…

Similarly, we hear of many members of the church who have prophetic gifts and by the Spirit speak with all kinds of tongues, and bring men’s secret thoughts to light for their own good, and expound the mysteries of God,’ (Quoted in Eusebius, History of the Church, Penguin Classics [UK Edition], pp. 209-210).

Frank Turk has posted on this, claiming that this quote is not originally in Iraneus. However, one of his commenters says she has checked on it and said that it is, indeed, there in Iraneus, although another commentator has disputed the context these quotes were found in Iraneus by Eusebius.

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