Irenaeus on Jesus

Irenaeus (126-203) was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. He was born in Smyrna in Asia Minor (modern Turkey).

Irenaeus, bk.3, ch. 21, p. 212: “The divine Scriptures bear witness of both with regard to Him (Jesus): that He had the outstanding begetting beyond all people from His most high Father and that He enjoyed the outstanding birth, which was from the Virgin. And the Scriptures prophesied all these things about Him: that he was a man ugly and subject to suffering, that He rode on the foal of an ass, that He drank gall and vinegar, that He was despised among the people and descended all the way down to death, and that He is the holy Lord, wonderful counselor, beautiful of appearance, mighty God, coming on the clouds as judge of all. For just as He was man in order to be tempted, so also He was the Word in order to be glorified.”

Gerhard, Johann Theological Commonplaces: Exegesis IV: On Christ 183