Part 4
Chapter 3—Of Original Sin

Section 17—Victorinus Afer. A.D. 365.

Victorinus represents the state of man by nature as most deplorable and wretched, and clearly expresses the necessity of the Holy Spirit, who he speaks of as the alone sanctifier, from which work of his he takes his name; “because,” says he,[1] “men's memory of themselves, and of God, is obrutam, overwhelmed or confounded, there is need of the Holy Ghost, if so be that knowledge may come, to understand what is the breadth, etc. —for life was first to be given mortuis per peccata hominibus, ‘to men dead through sins,' that they might be raised up unto God by faith.” The Spirit of God, he says,[2] “is called the Holy Spirit, quod sanciat, id est sanctos facit, because he makes holy.” And a little after he observes,[3] “that “every one that is baptized, and says he believes, and receives faith, he receives the Spirit of truth, that is, the Holy Spirit, et sanctior fit a Spiritu Sancto, and is made more holy by the Holy Spirit.”


[1] Adv. Arrianos, 1. 4, p. 351.

[2] Adv. Arrianos, 1. 3, p. 340.

[3] Ibid. p. 341.