Lee Strobel on Ignatius of Antioch

During these past few months of studying, somewhat, the Church Fathers, or perhaps better, the Apostolic Fathers, I have grown to appreciate Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop of that City. On that Day, when the family of Christ is united, I would like to sit and talk with him and Polycarp. They have become ‘heroes’ of mine and the more so by the way that they approached their respective deaths.

They were defenders of the faith and stood firmly in the Apostles’ Doctrine, whom they knew.

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2 Replies to “Lee Strobel on Ignatius of Antioch”

  1. Indeed the early Apostolic Fathers should be our heroes all! They helped to pass along to us what St. Paul called the “standard” or pattern of sound teaching, which we all are to “guard” in the “faith and love of (in) Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim.1:12-14) And note, too: “guard” thru the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.” Here is another and early connection with Christ Jesus (an ascension truth and wording “Christ Jesus”) with the “person” of the Holy Spirit…”dwelling in us!” (Spirit to spirit, person to person!) This is surely a Trinitarian reality…Christ above “parakletos” with the Father. And the Holy Spirit in and with us, another “parakletos”. “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Parakeletos, that HE (PERSON) may abide with you for ever.” (St. John 14:16)

    We may call these Ascension Truths! From the Apostles to the early Apostolic Fathers. The Catholic Faith! In Ignatius we can see what later the second century Fathers saw (Tertullian, Irenaeus, Cyprian), that the Bishop was the man of the Apostolic “deposit”!
    The historic faith, Christ Jesus born of a virgin, died on the real Cross, risen and ascended above on the Father’s Throne!

    “And they were continually (with great devotion) themselves to the teaching of the Apostles, and to the Fellowship, the Breaking of bread, and to Prayers.” (Acts 2:42, lit. Greek..note the articles)

    Here is the genesis of the Apostolic Faith, from here flows down the Faith, thru the Apostles Letters, and their delegates; to the later men of faith and “a common-shared” faith” (Titus 1:4). Amen!

    Here is a living tradition, a faith that grows and develops but in us the Church of God Itself!

    Fr. Robert

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