Do you think Ignatius of Antioch was making a prophecy

“I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible” (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]).
“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . . They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes” (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2–7:1 [A.D. 110]).

do you think this was a prophecy by any chance?

It doesn’t sound like that’s what he’s intending here. He’s just trying to show the absolute necessity and centrality of the Eucharist to defending the orthodox faith.It’s at most a dramatic turn of phrase, and doesn’t appear to be a prophecy at all–it’s not written in the future tense and makes no reference to some promise of God. He was an apologist, plain and simple, and isn’t thought to be some kind of prophet.


Given that Ignatius’ letter was written circa AD110, therefore during a time when ideas about the nature of Jesus were rather diverse, I suspect he was reflecting upon the situation then. Out on the fringes of the Christian ‘world’ followers could and did quite often lose touch with the mainstream and began forming unorthodox and even heretical opinions and practices.

Ignatius was bishop of Antioch from ~69 a.d. to his death. He was a disciple of St John. I think he’s passing on what he learned from John

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