The "Rule of Faith"

as recorded by Bishop Irenaeus*

The original rule of faith in the Early Christian Church as Irenaeus knew it, included the following:

". . . this faith:
in one God, the Father Almighty, who made the heaven and the earth and the seas and all the things that are in them;
and in one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who was made flesh for our salvation;
and in the Holy Spirit, who made known through the prophets the plan of salvation,
and the coming, and the birth from a virgin, and the passion, and the resurrection from the dead,
and the bodily ascension into heaven of the beloved Christ Jesus, our Lord,
and his future appearing from heaven in the glory of the Father
to sum up all things and to raise anew all flesh of the whole human race . . .

* Irenaeus (ca. 130-202) was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France.

Source: CHRISTIA File Archives

updated 12-6-2007