Lent 2015, Day Twenty-Two—Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus (AD 329-90), also called Gregory Nazianzen, and also referred to as Gregory the Theologian, is an important figure in the history of the Christian church, and was for a number of years Archbishop of Constantinople.  The quotation below comes from his Fourth Theological Oration.  I have inserted a few clarifying words (in brackets) to bring out more clearly the force of the statement.

But look at it in this manner: that as for my sake he was called a curse, he who destroyed my curse; and [he was called] sin, who taketh away the sin of the world.  He became a new Adam to take the place of the old; just so, he makes my disobedience his own as head of the whole body. As long then as I am disobedient and rebellious, both by denial of God and by my passions, so long Christ also is called disobedient on my account.  But when all things shall be subdued unto him on the one hand by acknowledgment of him, and on the other by a reformation, then he himself also will have fulfilled his submission, bringing me whom he has saved to God. For this, according to my view, is the subjection of Christ, namely, the fulfilling of the Father’s will.

Jerry Shepherd
March 14, 2015

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