He was a student of Polycarp who was a disciple of the apostle John.

In his work Against Heresies, he writes;

For some do certainly and truly drive out devils, so that those who have been thus cleansed from evil spirits frequently both believe {in Christ}, and join themselves to the Church. Others have foreknowledge of things to come: they see visions and utter prophetic expressions. Others still heal the sick by laying their hands upon them, and they are made whole.

 Yea, moreover, as I have said, the dead even have been raised up, and remained among us for many years. And what shall I more say? It is not possible to name the number of gifts, which the Church throughout the whole world has received from God in the name of Jesus Christ.4

Later in the book he writes; In like manner we do also hear many brethren in the Church who posses prophetic gifts and who through the Spirit speak all kinds of languages, and bring to light for the general benefit the hidden things of men, and declare the mysteries of God. 5


4. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, vol. 1 The Ante-Nicene Christian Library, 409.

5. Ibid., 531

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