Lewis had it right in his introduction to this spiritual classic dating from the 4th century. In addition, Christ, the Son of God—the incarnate, redeeming Word—is also the creating Word, who made the universe in the beginning. The Death of Christ V. For when did and vision cease from , save when Christ came, the Holy of Holies? For whereas human things cease and the fact of Christ remains, it is clear to all that the things which cease are temporary, but that He Who remains is God and very Son of God, the sole-begotten Word. Even so was it with Christ. But diversity of bodies and parts argues a creating intellect. His part it was, and His alone, both to bring again the corruptible to incorruption and to maintain for the Father His consistency of character with all.
So, five stars for this edition of On the Incarnation. Nothing strikes me more when I read the controversies of past ages than the fact that both sides were usually assuming without question a good deal which we should now absolutely deny. Or why, if Christ is, as they say, a , and not , is not His worship prevented by the gods they have from passing into the same land where they are? So when the Holy of Holies had come, naturally vision and were sealed and the kingdom of Jerusalem ceased. And, indeed, how could the Lord have been proved to be the Life at all, had He not endued with life that which was subject to death? The sun veiled his face, the earth quaked, the mountains were rent asunder, all men were stricken with awe. But since the Word of God has been manifested in a body, and has made known to us His own Father, the fraud of the demons is stopped and made to disappear; and men, turning their eyes to the true God, Word of the Father, forsake the idols and come to know the true God. As also says: For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom not , it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the word preached to save them that. Athanasius 1883—84 , by , ,.
Men could not have done it, for they are only made after the Image; nor could angels have done it, for they are not the images of God. The beginning of John's Gospel was much used as an object of special devotion throughout the Middle Ages; the practice of saying it at the altar grew, and eventually made this practice universal for the Roman Rite in his edition of the Missal 1570. What then was God to do? These things, then, they fantasize. Athanasius to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms. For creation was there already, and all the same, men were grovelling in the same concerning God.
For at no other time has the impiety of the ceased, save when the Lord of all, riding as it were upon a cloud, came down there in the body and brought to nought the delusion of , and brought over all to Himself, and through Himself to the Father. For He was not, as might be imagined, circumscribed in the body, nor, while present in the body, was He absent elsewhere; nor, while He moved the body, was the left void of His working and Providence; but, thing most marvellous, Word as He was, so far from being contained by anything, He rather contained all things Himself; and just as while present in the whole of Creation, He is at once distinct in being from the , and present in all things by His own power — giving order to all things, and over all and in all revealing His own , and giving life to each thing and all things, including the whole without being included, but being in His own Father alone wholly and in every respect —2. Reasons for His rising on the Third Day. And, again, what kind of man is this prophet, who was not only revealed after being hidden, but also stretched out his hands upon the cross? His writings were well regarded by all Church fathers who followed, in both the West and the East. If they guarded the grace and retained the loveliness of their original innocence, then the life of paradise should be theirs, without sorrow, pain or care, and after it the assurance of immortality in heaven.
Let the Greeks tell us, who mock at Him without stint or shame. The Image of the Father only was sufficient for this need. But what is that in comparison with what the Savior did when, instead of just healing a wound, He both fashioned essential being and restored to health the thing that He had formed? He did this out of love, so that we who are counted as having died in him might be freed from the law that meant our ruin. For God had made man thus that is, as an embodied spirit , and had willed that he should remain in incorruption. The first was that of Arius, who believed that the Son was a created creature, albeit the first created, and not God.
Does a dead man prick the consciences of men. Introduction In the fourth century, during the time of Constantine, the church was rocked by a controversy started by Arius, a deacon of the influential church of Alexandria in Egypt. How could He have called us if He had not been crucified, for it is only on the cross that a man dies with arms outstretched? But the indwelling of the Word loosed it from this natural liability, so that corruption could not touch it. Therefore He assumed a human body, in order that in it death might once for all be destroyed, and that men might be renewed according to the Image. ? But those who have always lived within the Christian fold may be too easily dispirited by them. We cannot point to the high virtue of Christian living and the gay, almost mocking courage of Christian martyrdom, as a proof of our doctrines with quite that assurance which Athanasius takes as a matter of course.
But the , most strange fact, teaching in meaner language, has cast into the shade the choice sophists; and while He has, by drawing all to Himself, brought their schools to nought, He has filled His own churches; and the marvellous thing is, that by going down as man to death, He has brought to nought the sounding utterances of the wise concerning. If you're a non-believer you might look for holes in his argument, or who knows, maybe be swayed by it. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study. For if He willed merely to appear, He was able to effect His divine appearance by some other and higher means as well. And the gods worshipped among the Greeks are falling into ill repute at their hands, as scandalous beings; while those who receive the teaching of Christ live a chaster life than they. And surely, since the Scriptures have not kept silence about the leper and the dead son of the widow, if a lame man had walked and a blind man had received his sight, they would have mentioned these as well. The Lord did not come to make a display.
In that case, what was the use of having made them in the beginning? The translation was very good, and the narration was very well done, too. He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this in order that, by destroying even this death, He might Himself be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be recognised as finally annulled. There is indeed no one in the Scriptures at all, save the common Savior of all, the Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Their wise thoughts were persuasive enough until they died; yet even in their life- time their seeming influence was counterbalanced by their rivalry with one another, for they were a jealous company and declaimed against each other. They do not realize that saying such things is to impute weakness to God: for if he is not himself the cause of matter, but simply makes things from pre-existent matter, then he is weak, not being able without matter to fashion any of the things that exist, just as the weakness of the carpenter is certainly his inability to make any required thing without wood. .
Strangest of his arguments is the one he spends the most time on. Where not only is the Christ referred to, but He that is to be anointed is declared to be not man simply, but Holy of Holies; and Jerusalem is to stand till His coming, and thenceforth, and vision cease in. The operative word is keep; not acquire, or even believe, but keep. You must understand why it is that the Word of the Father, so great and so high, has been made manifest in bodily form. But there were so many arguments for Christ's divinity that I recognized from my childhood, so now I wonder if Athanasius was the first to posit them.
Often it cannot be fully understood without the knowledge of a good many other modern books. Let us now go further and investigate the unbelief and the ridicule with which Jews and Gentiles respectively regard these same facts. They are, you will note, a mixed bag, representative of many Churches, climates and ages. I see it and hope for the day that we overcome not just spiritual but also physical death. This, then, is the first cause of the Savior's becoming Man. He waited one whole day to show that His body was really dead, and then on the third day showed it incorruptible to all. Death has become like a tyrant who has been completely conquered by the legitimate monarch; bound hand and foot the passers-by sneer at him, hitting him and abusing him, no longer afraid of his cruelty and rage, because of the king who has conquered him.