The Salvific Spirit

Anthony Briggman

in Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641536
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738302 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Salvific Spirit

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Chapter 6 analyzes, for the most part, the salvific role ascribed to the Holy Spirit in Against Heresies 5. This chapter contains a narrative that ties together many aspects of Irenaeus’ pneumatology examined in previous chapters. It addresses the perfection of the human being by the reception of the Holy Spirit; the identification of Irenaeus’ threefold concept of perfection, including the approximation of the uncreated One by the human being in the possession of eternal existence which renders the believer ‘like’ God; the modulation of temporal life to eternal life by means of the power/grace given by the Spirit; and the idea that the Spirit becomes more closely united to believers over the course of the divine economy, a notion that aligns with the movement of the economy from animation to vivification.

Keywords: Holy Spirit; Salvation; Concept of Perfection; Perfection of the Human Being; Likeness of God; Human Approximation to the Uncreated; Temporal Life; Eternal Life; Power; Grace; Economy; Animation; Vivification

Chapter.  19452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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