Wednesday, May 9, 2012

St. Gregory of Nyssa: Life in HIM

The Holy Gospel According to St. John 1:,1 & 4 (NLT) In the beginning the WORD already existed... Life was in HIM, and this Life gives life to everyone. The WORD was with GOD in the beginning, and the Man was subject to the pain of death. The human nature wasn't eternal, and the divine nature wasn't mortal. All HIS other attributes are considered in the same way... It wasn't the human nature that fed the thousands, nor was it All Powerful Strength that hurried to the fig tree. Who was weary from the journey and WHO made the world exist by HIS WORD? WHAT is the brightness of the Glory and What was pierced with the nails? What Body was beaten during Passion Week, and what BODY is eternally glorified? This much is clear: that the blows belong to the Servant WHO was the LORD, and honor belongs to the LORD WHO was a servant. As a result, CHRIST's natures are unified and their respective attributes belong to both natures. Just as the LORD received the scars of the Servant, the Servant is glorified with honor of the LORD. For this is why the Cross is called the Cross of the LORD OF GLORY, and why every tongue confesses that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the Glory of GOD the FATHER. --St. Gregory of Nyssa

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