“The Home of God is Among Mortals” Rev. 21:3 by SR

“The Home of God is Among Mortals” Rev. 21:3

by SR

This has to be my favorite “Against Heresies” which St. Irenaeus wrote.  It also goes back to my post of those calling the “Church just a building.”  He said it perfectly, and it needs to stop!   It also goes into our “works” and why we do them.  (I ask you to read it to the end)

Eucharist and Resurrection by St. Irenaeus of Lyons – Against Heresies

“Moreover, how can they (the Gnostics)  say that flesh, which is nourished with the body of the Lord and with His blood, goes to corruption, and does not partake of life?  Let them either change their opinion or stop offering the things just mentioned.”

“But our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist confirms our way of thinking.  For we offer to Him, “HIS OWN,” announcing consistently the fellowship and union of the flesh and Spirit.  For the bread, once it has received invocation of God; it is then the Eucharist, consisting of two realities, earthly and heavenly.  So also our bodies when they receive the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible, but have the hope of of the resurrection to eternity.”

“We sacrifice to Him, not as though He needed it, but giving thanks for His gift, and thus sanctifying what has been created.  For even though God does not need our possessions, we do need to offer something to God.  As Solomon said, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord.”  (Prov. 19:17)  God, who stands in need of nothing, takes our good works to Himself for this purpose; that He may reward us with good things.  As our Lord said, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”  (Mt. 25:34-36)  He does not stand in need of theses services, yet he wants us to render them for our own benefit, lest we be unfruitful.”

“That is why the Word (Jesus) gave people that very precept regarding the making of oblations, although He stood in no need of them, that they might learn to serve God.  It is His will that we, too, should offer a gift at the altar, frequently and without intermission.  The altar, then, is heaven, for toward that place are our prayers and oblations directed.  The temple, too, is there.  As John said in the Book of Revelation, “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened” (Rev. 11:19) along with the Tabernacle: “Behold, ” He says, “the Tabernacle of God, in which He will dwell with men.” (Rev. 21:3)  Against Heresies 4.17.5-4.18.6

I am going to give what Revelations 21:3 says:

“See the home of God is among mortals,

He will dwell with them,

they will be His peoples,

and God Himself will be with them.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.”

My notes:

The Greek word for home is “Tabernacle.” (In KJV it actually uses the word “Tabernacle.”) And where do we find a “Tabernacle” at?

Another thing we need to realize, St. Irenaeus quotes from the Book of Revelations, even though that was not put in Scriptures at the time.  Of course being a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was a disciple of John, explains to me how he got this passage.  Just like St. Justin Martyr quoted John in Revelations.

God has a “home among mortals.”  This home is the “Tabernacle of the Catholic Church.”  It has been for thousands of years.

God always “dwelt” with His people in the Old Testament.  He was always among them.  This did not change!  WE need to quit changing God, by picking and choosing what WE think is right to believe.

The God in the Old Testament is the same God in the New Testament.  If we do not get that, “WE ARE WRONG!”  If we do not get that “GOD NEVER CHANGES HIS WAYS,” then “WE ARE WRONG!”

These are the things the Early Church Father’s knew, and they taught it, preserved it, and gave up their lives for it.

The Church is His Bride.

God Bless, SR

Excerpts taken from Mass of the Early Christians by Mike Auilina

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