Gregory of Nazianzus

Oct 21, 10 Gregory of Nazianzus

The “Wondrous paradoxes” as noted by early church father Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 A.D.).

“He was baptized as a man — but He remitted sins as God…He was tempted as man, but he conquered as God…He hungered — but He fed thousands…He was wearied, but He is the rest of them that are weary and heavy-laden. He was heavy with sleep, but He walked lightly over the sea…He pays tribute, but it is out of a fish; yea He is the king of those who demanded it…He prays, but he hears prayer. He weeps, but He causes tears to cease. He asks where Lazarus was laid, for He was man; but He raises Lazarus, for He was God. He is sold, and very cheap, for it is only for thirty pieces of silver; but He redeems the world, and that at a great price, for the price was His blood. As a sheep he is led to the slaughter, but He is the shepherd of Israel, and now of the whole world also…He is bruised and wounded, but He heals every disease and every infirmity. He is lifted up and nailed to the tree, but by the tree of life He restores us. He dies, but he gives life, and by His death He destroys death.”

From “Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers” by © Christopher A. Hall, published through InterVarsity Press.

 

Here’s another:

From “Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers” by © Christopher A. Hall, page 71 Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 329-390): “…theology is a type of worship, a holy endeavor, one that blossoms in a context of prayer, devotion and adoration, but withers when transformed into an academic, speculative mind game.”

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1 Comment

  1. Jamie

    Beautiful passage — nicely worded and insightful.

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