tertullian’s rule of faith

Akhir abad ke-2 Masehi:

“Now, with regard to this rule of faith— that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend— it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief

that there is one only God, and
that He is none other than the Creator of the world,
who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth;
that this Word is called His Son, and,
under the name of God, was seen in diverse manners by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets,
at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary,
was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ;
thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles;
having been crucified, He rose again the third day;
(then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father;
sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe;
will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises,
and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire,
after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened,
together with the restoration of their flesh.”

(Tertullian, The Prescription against Heretics, Ch. XIII)


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