Monday, July 22, 2019

Early Christian Quotes on the Trinity

Early Christian Quotes on the Trinity

Odes of Solomon 

(1st or 2nd Century)



A cup of milk was offered to me, and I drank it in the sweetness of the Lord's kindness. The Son is the cup, and the Father is He who was milked, and the Holy Spirit is She who milked Him.



Justin Martyr’s Dialog with Trypho

(Mid-2nd Century)

Chapter 61:


God begat a Beginning before all creatures. This Beginning was an intelligent power proceeding from Himself. This Beginning is sometimes called the Holy Spirit, or the Glory of the Lord, or the Son, or Wisdom, or an Angel, or God, or Lord and Logos. And on another occasion, He called Himself Captain, when He appeared in human form to Joshua, the son of Nun.


For He can be called by all those names since He carries out the Father's will and is begotten of the Father by an act of will. It’s like what happens with us. When we speak a word, we beget the word without causing any loss in ourselves. Or take fire for an example. The first fire is not reduced when we use it to kindle another fire. And that second fire exists separately from the first.



Hippolytus’ Against the Heresy of One Noetus

(Early 3rd Century)

Paragraph 11:


There appeared another beside Himself. But when I say another, I do not mean that there are two Gods, but that it is only as light from light, or as water from a fountain, or as a ray from the sun.


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Find more of what the early Christians thought on my Christian History page!

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