In the work of Hippolytus known as “Against Noetus” which teaches a trinity of sorts, and is used of Trinitarians to assist their narrative …however we should not overlook the tones of arrogance by Hippolytus in this writing, the same type of arrogance found among many Trinitarian writings …that they think they are smarter …or know better, better than the Disciples themselves even.
The statement, in effect, The “Disciples”, yes the same “Disciples” who were taught by our King in the manifested flesh, baptised in tongues of fire, and repeated the Living Words of our Savior, they The “Disciples” got it wrong.
So according to the opinion of Hippolytus, their teaching was lacking in regards to the new Post-Biblical, Post-Orthodox, Post-Apostolic theory of trinity … enough to make a modern Post-Millennial all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
According to this theory they, the Disciples, did not (Greek: ἐπέγνωσαν) “recognize” or “acknowledge” the “holy spirit”. But that, they even (Greek: ἠρνήσαντο) “denied” the holy spirit’s existence.
Perhaps in this context the writer means they “denied” the personality of, or what the later interpreter’s came to call, it’s “divinity”, as being a person or a part of the multiple God “economy”, according to his, (or perhaps the later editor of his writings), within proto-trinitarian theory.
GREEK TEXT: “…Ἰουδαῖοι μὲν γὰρ ἐδόξασαν Πατέρα, ἀλλ’ οὐκ ηὐχαρίστησαν· Υἱὸν γὰρ οὐκ ἐπέγνωσαν. μαθηταὶ ἐπέγνωσαν Υἱόν, ἀλλ’ οὐκ ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ· διὸ καὶ ἠρνήσαντο…” – (Chapter 14, “Contra Haeresin Noeti,” or “Εἰς τὴν αἵρεσιν Νοητοῦ τινος,” MPG.)
HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME (170-236 AD): “.For [the] Jews glorified a Father, but [they] did not show [their] thankfulness. For they would not acknowledge with approval a Son. [THE] DISCIPLES RECOGNISED WITH APPROVAL A SON, BUT — NOT — IN HOLY SPIRIT, ON ACCOUNT OF WHICH ALSO, THIS THEY DENIED…” ~(Chapter 14, “AGAINST NOETUS”)
*FOOTNOTE: (Greek: πνεύματι ἁγίῳ) is grammatically in the (neuter) gender, an “IT”! …not a “he”, or a “him”
HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME (170-236 AD):
“For the ( Jews ) glorified the Father, but were not thankful, for they acknowledged not the Son. THE DISCIPLES ACKNOWLEDGED THE SON, BUT NOT IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHEREFORE ALSO THEY DENIED HIM” ~(Page 269, Chapter 14, “AGAINST NOETUS,” in The Christian remembrancer; or, The Churchman’s Biblical, ecclesiastical & literary miscellany,” Quarterly Review, Volume XXV, January-June, London, Published by J & C. Mozley, 6 Paternoster Row, and D. Appleton & Co. 200, Broadway, New York, 1853.)
HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME (170-236 AD):
“For the Jews glorified (or gloried in) the Father, but gave Him not thanks, for they did not recognise the Son. THE DISCIPLES RECOGNISED THE SON, BUT NOT IN THE HOLY GHOST; WHEREFORE THEY ALSO DENIED HIM…” – (Chapter 14, “AGAINST NOETUS,” Translated by J.H. MacMahon. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 5. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1886.)
Look it all up yourself here:
*Note: (Greek: μαθηταὶ) “[THE] DISCIPLES” (Greek: ἠρνήσαντο ἀρνέομαι) uncertain:
- 1. Dep. opp. to φημί, to deny, disown, Hom., etc.
- 2. opp. to δίδωμι, to decline to give, refuse, Od., etc.
- 3. absol to say no, decline, dependent clauses are put in inf., with or without μή, to deny that, Hdt., attic
~(Liddell and Scott. An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1889.)
You can read the whole letter of Hippolytus “Against Noetus” here at this link:
Nope …I have no respect for someone who has no respect for the blessed Apostles, and their teachings (whether it be Hippolytus himself, or if it be a wicked scribe) …none, none at all.