Thursday, December 21, 2006

For if Christ is God, as indeed He is, but took not human nature upon Him, we are strangers to salvation

Some good stuff from Cyril of Jerusalem for Christmas.

"Nurslings of purity and disciples of chastity, raise we our hymn to the Virgin-born God with lips full of purity. Deemed worthy to partake of the flesh of the Spiritual Lamb, let us take the head together with the feet, the Deity being understood as the head, and the Manhood taken as the feet. Hearers of the Holy Gospels, let us listen to John the Divine. For he who said, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, went on to say, and the Word was made flesh. For neither is it holy to worship the mere man, nor religious to say that He is God only without the Manhood. For if Christ is God, as indeed He is, but took not human nature upon Him, we are strangers to salvation. Let us then worship Him as God, but believe that He also was made Man. For neither is there any profit in calling Him man without Godhead nor any salvation in refusing to confess the Manhood together with the Godhead. Let us confess the presence of Him who is both King and Physician. For Jesus the King when about to become our Physician, girded Himself with the linen of humanity, and healed that which was sick. The perfect Teacher of babes became a babe among babes, that He might give wisdom to the foolish. The Bread of heaven came down on earth that He might feed the hungry."


Scott Savage said...

Catechetical Lectures 7.1, On the words Incarnate and Made Man

James Diggs said...

Good stuff!!! I am becoming increasingly fascinated with the humanity of Christ. The idea of the incarnation blows my mind, that God took on flesh and all its limitations, that God met me where I am in my humanity in order to connect with me and walk with me where I am so I could also walk where He is. Thanks for the reflection- indeed the message of the gospel is inseparable from the miracle of the incarnation!

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Scott Savage said...


Thanks for the post. You hit it right on the nail when you said "God met me where I am in my humanity ... so I could also walk where he is." This is Sanctification!! I am thankful to find that our Nazarene buzz word is so connected to the Christian tradition, I am sad that it took me until college and seminary to begin to really see the immense implications of what that might mean for our denomination. Perhaps Cyril remains a vital source for Christian education. :)