Irenaeus on the Gifts of the Spirit


‘So also, those who genuinely are his disciples receive grace from him to perform miracles in his name for the welfare of others – all according to the gift which each has received from him [cf. Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:7, 10]. Some exorcize demons, and many who have thus been cleansed from evil spirits come to believe in Christ and join the Church. Others have foreknowledge of things to come: they see visions and utter prophecies. Still others heal the sick by laying their hands upon them, and they are made well. Moreover, as I have said, even the dead have been raised, and have remained among us for many years.

What else should I say? It is not possible to number all the gifts which the Chruch, throughout the whole world, has received freely from God, in the name of Jesus Christ (who was crucified under Pontius Pilate), and which she exercises day by day for the benefit of the nations, without practicing deception toward anyone, and not taking any reward from them for these miracles. As she has received freely from God, she also freely ministers to others [Matt 10:8].’

Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 2:32,4

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