John Chrysostom on The Incarnation

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Think not, therefore, it is of small things you are hearing, when you hear of this birth, but rouse up your mind, and straightway tremble, being told that God has come upon earth. For so marvellous was this, and beyond expectation, that because of these things the very angels formed a choir, and in behalf of the world offered up … Read More

The Feast of Dedication and a Possible Resurrection Motif in John 10:22-39

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The discussion regarding Jesus’ relationship with the Father in John 10:22ff happens, according to the Johannine author (v.22), against the backdrop of the Feast of Dedication (or Hannukah).  This editorial note by John is quite possibly a deliberate parallel reference to the resurrection of Jesus.  If this is the case then it sheds further light on the authorial purpose of … Read More

Man, The Vessel of God’s Action – Irenaeus of Lyons

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Here’s the quote of the century (really!) from Irenaeus of Lyons: “God is man’s glory. Man is the vessel which receives God’s action and all his wisdom and power. If man… has a right belief regarding created things and their divine Creator, who, having given them being, holds them all in his power, and if man perseveres in God’s love, … Read More

Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places…

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As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, … Read More

God’s Impassible Passibility – Gavrilyuk

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“Divine compassion presupposes both impassibility and passibility. It is the main contention of the patristic understanding of the incarnation that God, remaining fully divine, became human, accepted the limitations of human existence, subjected himself to voluntary suffering for the salvation of the world and triumphed over sin, death, and corruption in the end. God is impassible inasmuch as he is … Read More

Trinity as Centre – Irenaeus of Lyons

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“This is the rule of our faith, the foundation of the building, and what gives support to our behaviour. God the Father uncreated, who is uncontained, invisible, one God, creator of the universe; this is the first article of our faith. And the second is: The Word of God, the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who appeared to the prophets according to their way of … Read More

Trinity as Gospel – The Epistle to Diognetus

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5 Loaves and 2 Fish Mosaic

Here is a neat Early Church example of the Trinity as Gospel.  The writer of the Epistle to Diognetus demonstrates that Christ reveals to us God’s nature as the foundation of our salvation.  What was hidden before – the true relationship of God to the world and therefore his character – is revealed through Christ, giving us  understanding of God, creation, … Read More

Recapitulation in Christ – Irenaeus of Lyons

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“The Word of God, the Only Son, has always been present to humanity. According to the Father’s pleasure, he has united and mingled himself with the work which he had formed. He became flesh. This Word made flesh is Jesus Christ, Our Lord. It is he who suffered for us, who has been raised for us, who will return in … Read More

The Spirit Filled Church – Clement’s Epistle to The Corinthians

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Below is a quote from Clement of Rome’s letter to the Corinthians in which he describes the fullness of life the Corinthians enjoyed prior to the crisis in the leadership that he was writing to correct.  What is most noticeable is the link he makes between their humble obedience and the pouring  out of the Spirit.  Far from being an … Read More