Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Hilary of Poitiers, 3

There's something refreshing about spending 5 hours with one's head in Hilary, reading about God from God, his baffling exegesis of 1 Corinthians 12, and so forth, and then spending 3 hours with juvenile offenders trying to explain the simplest biblical concepts to them, of faith, sin, forgiveness, and Jesus. Anyway, two fine quotations for today:

So then the one faith is, to confess the Father in the Son and the Son in the Father through the unity of an indivisible nature, not confused but inseparable, not intermingled but identical, not conjoined but coexisting, not incomplete but perfect. For there is birth not separation, there is a Son not an adoption; and He is God, not a creature.
- De Trinitate 8.41

...Jesus Christ, the Lord of majesty, constituted Mediator in His own person for the salvation of the Church, and being in that very mystery of Mediatorship between men and God, Himself one Person, both man and God. For He, being of two natures united for that Mediatorship, is the full reality of each nature; while abiding in each, He is wanting in neither; He does not cease to be God because He becomes man, nor fail to be man because He remains for ever God. This is the true faith for human blessedness, to preach at once the Godhead and the manhood, to confess the Word and the flesh, neither forgetting the God, because He is man, nor ignoring the flesh, because He is the Word.
- De Trinitate 9.3

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