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  • 00:12

    The Teachers of the Church: Irenaeus of Lyons (Part 2)

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    The History of Christianity #46

    Our Scripture verse today is John 14:6 which reads: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

    Our quote today is from Irenaeus of Lyons. He said: "Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself."

    Today, we are looking at "The Teachers of the Church" (Part 3) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

    Irenaeus of Lyons (Part 2)

    Although the actual course of history is the result of sin, the fact that there is history is not. God always had the purpose that there be history. The situation in paradise, as described in Genesis, was not the goal of creation, but its beginning.

    From this perspective, the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ is not merely a response to sin. On the contrary, God's initial purpose included being united with humankind. In fact, the future incarnate Word was the model that God followed in making humans after the divine image. Adam and Eve were so created that, after a process of growth and instruction, they could become like the incarnate Word. What has happened because of sin is that the incarnation has taken on the added purpose of offering a remedy for sin, and a means for defeating Satan.

    Even before the incarnation, and from the very moment of the first sin, God has been leading humanity toward closer communion with the divine. For this reason, God curses the serpent and the earth, but only punishes the man and the woman. At the very moment of the fall, God is working for human redemption.


  • 00:16

    The History of Old Testament Theology; What is Theology? (The Study of God #6)

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    Today's passage of Scripture is 1 Peter 2:2-3 which reads: "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."

    Today's words from a theologian are from Albert Barnes. He said: "It does not require great learning to be a Christian and be convinced of the truth of the Bible. It requires only an honest heart and a willingness to obey God."

    Our topic for today is titled "The History of Old Testament Theology" from "The Moody Handbook of Theology" by Dr. Paul Enns.

    There is no evidence of an organized study of biblical theology in the Old Testament or New Testament. The earliest evidence is found with Irenaeus who recognized the progressive revelation of God. Later, Augustine suggested five historical periods of divine revelation. During the Reformation the issues were basically soteriological, and thus biblical theology as a science did not develop during that time.

    Our second topic for today is titled "What is Theology?" from the book, Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day" by Dr. Daryl Aaron, a professor of biblical and theological studies at Northwestern College. 

    Many people, after hearing the word theology, roll their eyes and envision esoteric scholarly debates that have little if any bearing on real life. However, theology is much more basic, more foundational, than this, and it has everything to do with real life. The word itself comes from the Greek terms for "God" (theos) and "word," "thought," or "reason" (logos). So theology means: "that which can be said or thought about God—essentially, the study of God." If the primary (though not exclusive) source of information about God is the Bible, theology can be thought of as the study of the Bible: What does it teach? What is true, according to Scripture?

  • 00:45

    Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 14)

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    TEXT: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

    Today, we turn our attention to verse six which reads: "For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts." This verse begins with the connecting word "for," indicating that we must look back at the previous verse in order to fully understand what verse six is saying. As you recall, on last week, we talked about those people in the church who appear to have righteous and holy lives, but who inwardly are filled with sin and self. Often and unfortunately, these people who just have a form of godliness gain leadership positions in the church or in a local congregation. They then use their influence to deceive and lead astray others in the body of Christ. These are the people who are doing the "creeping" spoken of in verse six. 
    Back in the second century AD, one of the early church fathers by the name of Irenaeus reported the actions of a heretic by the name of Marcus. This heretic practiced magic and tried to get Christians to get involved in the practice of magic. Irenaeus reported that Marcus devoted "himself especially to women, and those such as are well-bred, and elegantly attired, and of great wealth." Marcus told these women that by his spells and incantations he could enable them to prophesy. In one particular instance, a woman protested that she has never done so and could not do so. Marcus told her, "Open thy mouth, speak whatsoever occurs to thee, and thou shalt prophesy." The woman, thrilled to the heart, did so and was deluded into thinking that she could prophesy. Irenaeus said the woman 'then made the effort to reward Marcus, not only by the gift of her possessions (in which way he had collected a very large fortune), but also by yielding up to him her person, desiring in every way to be united to him, that she may become altogether one with him.'


  • 00:12

    The Teachers of the Church: Clement of Alexandria (Part 1)

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    The History of Christianity #47

    Our Scripture verse today is Romans 10:17 which reads: "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

    Our quote today is from Clement of Alexandria. He said: "We should think about the Messiah as God…for when we diminish Him, we diminish our hope."

    Today, we are looking at "The Teachers of the Church" (Part 4) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

    Clement of Alexandria
    The life story and the interests of Clement of Alexandria were very different from those of Irenaeus. Clement was probably born in Athens, the city that had long been famous for its philosophers. His parents were pagans; but young Clement was converted in unknown circumstances, and then undertook a vast search for a teacher who could give him deeper instruction in the Christian faith. After extensive travels, he found in Alexandria a teacher who satisfied his thirst for knowledge. This was Pantaenus, of whom little is known. Clement remained in Alexandria, and when his teacher died Clement took his place as the main Christian instructor in Alexandria. In 202 AD, when Septimius Severus was emperor, persecution broke out, and Clement had to leave the city. He then traveled along the Eastern Mediterranean - particularly Syria and Asia Minor - until his death in 215 AD.

    Alexandria, where Clement spent much of his career, was the most active intellectual center of the time. Its Museum, or temple of the muses, with its adjacent library, was similar to our modern universities, in that it was a meeting place for scholars in various fields. Furthermore, because it was also a trad center, Alexandria was a meeting place, not only for scholars and philosophers, but also for charlatans and adventurers. Therefore, the syncretistic spirit of the time reached its high point in that city at the mouth of the Nile.


  • 00:09

    The Deposit of the Faith (Part 1)

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    The History of Christianity #36

    Our Scripture verse today is Romans 16:17 which reads: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."

    Our quote today is from Irenaeus of Lyons. He said: "Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself."

    Today, we are looking at "The Deposit of the Faith" (Part 1) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

    The many converts who joined the early church came from a wide variety of backgrounds. This variety enriched the church and gave witness to the universality of its message. But it also resulted in widely differing interpretations of that message. Such different interpretations should not surprise us, for at the time Christianity was still ill-defined - to the point that it would probably be better to speak of "Christianities," in the plural. There certainly were in it varying views and emphases, as any reader of the New Testament can still see when comparing, for instance, the Gospel of Mark with John, Romans, and Revelation. But, were all the existing views and interpretations equally valid or acceptable? Was there not the danger that, within the still undefined limits of Christianity, there would be interpretations that would threaten its integrity? The danger was increased by the syncretism of the time, which sought truth, not by adhering to a single system of doctrine, but by taking bits and pieces from various systems...

  • 00:40

    Easter According to the Apostles' Creed (Part 3)

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    TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

    Today, we are continuing with the third message in this series as we look at the Biblical basis for the statement of faith known as the Apostles' Creed. Today, we will begin by reading a newer version of the Apostles' Creed. This version is based on the "Old Roman Symbol" which we read during our first two messages in this series. According to The Creeds of Christendom by Philip Schaff, "the individual statements of belief that are included in the Apostles' Creed – even those not found in the Old Roman Symbol – are found in various writings by Irenaeus, Tertullian, Novatian, Marcellus, Rufinus, Ambrose, Augustine, Nicetus, and Eusebius Gallus." This version of the Creed was put in written form sometime during the first half of the eighth century AD. Interestingly, it appears to have come from Christians in Spain and France unlike the Old Roman Symbol which was formulated by Christians in Rome. The French King Char-le-magne imposed it throughout his kingdom and it was eventually accepted in Rome which was still using the Old Roman Symbol at that time.
    This creed is the one most widely used by  Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches today. 

    Today, we are looking at the next line of the creed which reads, "Who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary..." Let's turn to the Word of God and see the biblical basis for this part of the Apostles' Creed.


  • 01:59

    Deeper Waters: Text and Canon

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  • 02:01

    Did Jesus Exist part 3/ How to Boost your Credit score 100 points in 5 days

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    Did Jesus exist? Part 3/ A closer look at 2nd century Church Fathers and what they knew about the Gospel. Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Theophilus, Athenagoras, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Trypho, Celsus, Tacitus, Suetonius. How to boost your credit score by 100 points in 5 days.....Is it your fault your spouse cheated? Join us from 6pm to 8pm eastern time on "Its Realtalk Live" on Blogtalk Radio. Join us for the best variety talk show on Radio. Call in at 347-826-9457 to listen and press #1 if you want to speak to the Host. Plus business opportunities and every day life topics in general...You can Join us at blogtalkradio.com/itsrealtalklive or Call (347) 826-9457 So come join us today at 6pm.

  • 00:49

    Deepertruth: The Faces of Mary

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    Biblical Christianity recognizes that Mary is seen through Old Testament prophecies such as “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers: He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
    The woman here originally represents Eve and the offspring represents the descendants of man. However, with the revelation of Jesus Christ as the “Son of Man”, the woman’s offspring then is primarily Jesus Christ.

    St. Irenaeus, a second century Church Father, viewed Mary as the “New Eve”. The first Eve was disobedient causing mankind to fall into a fallen race.

    Mary, as the “New Eve” was obedient to God’s command restoring the relationship that was lost through the merits of Jesus Christ. Mary’s role is clearly shown from the beginning of the Church age.

    As Jesus is the “New Adam”, Mary is the “New Eve”. The implication from the above scripture is that the woman will have a unique relationship with her Son.

    Isaiah 7:14 gives another clue to the woman saying, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall name him Immanuel”.Immanuel is a name that means,”God is with us”. This is important for the Christian who believes in the Divinity of Jesus Christ.

    That Jesus would have no earthly Father, but the Word made flesh would come into the world through a humble virgin.

    At the appointed time, when Mary was a Young girl, the Archangel Gabriel is sent to Mary to announce the good news of the coming Messiah.


  • 01:03

    Rapid Replay with Ken Silva from Apprising Ministries

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    We are covering the debate tonight so enjoy this awesome replay from Chris and Jim's interview with Ken Silva from http://apprising.org/
    AM is the vision of its president, Rev. Ken Silva, an ordained SBC minister who has been led of the Lord to move beyond the typical “plus-minus” type of apologetic so common today and to return to more of the aggressive polemic an Irenaeus might use. Although what is written at AM may often be quite blunt, considering the time of rampant apostasy in which we now live, this also is by design.
    The Lord be praised that through the growing organization at AM Ken Silva also has the extreme privilege of personally advising numerous pastors and leaders within many churches all across the country. 

  • 00:11

    revelation of jesus

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    from luke but this book was not found until ad 180 with irenaeus again heresies