Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2 Tim 4:21 Linus and Clement

Romans 10:17-18
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.
But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for "Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world."

2 Tim 4:21
Do your best to come before winter. Eubu'lus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.

The blessed apostles, then,
having founded and built up the Church,
committed into the hands of Linus the office of the episcopate.
Of this Linus, Paul makes mention in the Epistles to Timothy.
To him succeeded Anacletus; and after him, in the third place from the apostles, Clement was allotted the bishopric.

This man, as
he had seen the blessed apostles,
and had been conversant with them,
might be said to have
the preaching of the apostles still echoing in his ears,
and their traditions before his eyes.
Nor was he alone in this, for
there were many still remaining who had received instructions from the apostles.

In the time of this Clement, no small dissension having occurred among the brethren at Corinth, the Church in Rome despatched a most powerful letter to the Corinthians, exhorting them to peace, renewing their faith, and declaring the tradition which it had lately received from the apostles, proclaiming the one God, omnipotent, the Maker of heaven and earth, the Creator of man, who brought on the deluge, and called Abraham, who led the people from the land of Egypt, spake with Moses, set forth the law, sent the prophets, and who has prepared fire for the devil and his angels.

Source: IRENAEUS OF LYONS A.D. 120–202. - AGAINST HERESIES - BOOK III. Ch 3: verse 3

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