295Mother of God? Part 5
- Aug 11, 2002Mother of God? Part 5
From the second century onwards Church fathers had in no uncertain
terms held that Christ, born from holy Virgin Mariam, assumed a body
formed of the substance of her human essence.
And was incarnate of the Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, by the Holy
Ghost and became man;�.. (Nicene Creed)
St. John of Damascus (645/675-749)
... God he Word, who was begotten of the Father timelessly before the
ages, and who subsisted with the Father and with the Spirit eternally
and without beginning, in these last days took His abode in her (Holy
Virgin Mariam) womb for our salvation, and without change took flesh
of her and was born. For the Holy Virgin did not bear mere man but
true God, not naked but incarnate, not with a body brought down from
heaven, not passing through her as through a channel, but homoousios
with us, having taken flesh from her though subsisting in Himself.
For if the body had come down from heaven and did not share in our
nature, of what use were His becoming man? For the purpose of God the
Word in becoming man was that the very nature which had sinned fallen
and become corrupted might triumph over the deceiving tyrant and thus
be freed of corruption. (Ibid, Vol. III, Para, P:337)
To be continued..
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