Various quotes from church history

“And so we, having been called through His will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves or through our own wisdom or understanding or piety or works which we wrought in holiness of heart, but through faith, whereby the Almighty God justified all men that have been from the beginning; to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – Clement of Rome (c. 96 AD)

“But permit the prophets to offer thanksgiving as much as they desire.” – The Didache (c. 100 AD)

“O the exceeding great kindness and love of God, He hated us not, neither rejected us, nor bore us malice, but was long-suffering and patient, and in pity for us took upon Himself our sins, and Himself parted with His own Son as a ransom for us, the holy for the lawless, the guileless for the evil, the just for the unjust, the incorruptible for the corruptible, the immortal for the mortal. For what else but His righteousness would have covered our sins? In whom was it possible for us lawless and ungodly men to have been justified, save only in the Son of God? O the sweet exchange, O the inscrutable creation, O the unexpected benefits; that the iniquity of many should be concealed in One Righteous Man, and the righteousness of One should justify many that are iniquitous!” – Letter of Mathetes to Diognetus (c. 130 AD)

“For the prophetical gifts remain with us, even to the present time…Now, it is possible to see among us women and men who possess gifts of the Spirit of God.” – Justin Martyr (c. 155 AD)

“In like manner we do also hear many brethren in the Church, who possess prophetic gifts, and who through the Spirit speak all kinds of languages, and bring to light for the general benefit the hidden things of men, and declare the mysteries of God, whom also the apostle terms spiritual, they being spiritual because they partake of the Spirit, and not because their flesh has been stripped off and taken away, and because they have become purely spiritual.” – Irenaeus (c.180 AD)

“Now all these signs (of spiritual gifts) are forthcoming from my side without any difficulty, and they agree, too, with the rules, and the dispensations, and the instructions of the Creator; therefore without doubt the Christ, and the Spirit, and the apostle, belong severally to my God.” – Tertullian (c.208 AD)

“The Holy and Inspired Scriptures are sufficient of themselves for the preaching of the Truth.” – Athanasius (c. 296–373 AD)

“I believe that in the end the truth will conquer.” – John Wycliffe (c. 1320 – 1384 AD)

“Outward baptism avails nothing so long as we are not inwardly renewed, regenerated, and baptized of God, with the heavenly fire and the Holy Ghost.” – Menno Simons (1496 –1561 AD)

“Christ bids us to recognise prophets not by miraculous signs but by their fruits.” – Pilgram Marpeck (d. 1556 AD)

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