Redeeming Human Nature

Somewhere recently I read that for the Fathers the object of Christ’s redemptive work was not individuals per se, but the whole of humanity. Not that individuals per se do not get redeemed (they do), but that the focus of God’s redemptive work is on human nature considered as a whole, not merely on human individuals. Here’s a nice bit from Gregory of Nazianzus on this very point:

…we lay down as dogma the unity and identity [of person], who of old was not man but God, and the only Son before all ages, unmingled with body or anything corporeal; but who in these last days has assumed manhood also for our salvation; passible in the flesh, impassible in his Godhead; circumscript in the body, uncircumscript in the Spirit; at once earthly and heavenly, tangible and intangible, comprehensible and incomprehensible; that by one and the same [Person], who was perfect man and also God, the entire humanity fallen through sin might be created anew.:”(“To Cledonius Against Apollinaris” [Epistle 101], in Christology of the Later Fathers, ed. Edward R. Hardy [Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1954], pg. 216, emphasis mine.)”:

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One Response to Redeeming Human Nature

  1. St. Worm says:

    It was this dimension of Christology that loosed the final shackle for me in regards to Limited Atonement. I hate to sound like a broken record, but really, it’s not a doctrine that is necessary to uphold the integrity of sola gratia. I appreciate those Reformed folks who see this point as well.

    Thanks for the great posts! Keep up the good work.

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