by Scott D. Hendricks
We have learned the plan of our salvation from no one else other than from those through whom the gospel has come down to us. For they did at one time proclaim the gospel in public. And, at a later period, by the will of God, they handed the gospel down to us in the Scriptures–to be ‘the ground and pillar of our faith.’
~ St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Christopher A. Hall, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers ( Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 206.