Thursday, June 17, 2010

St. Ignatius on the Kenosis.

"Let all of you run together as to one temple of God, as to one altar, to one Jesus Christ, who came forth from one Father and remained with the One and returned to the One." (Epistle to the Magnesians, 7.2)

It is always a treat reading Ignatius, who is one of the earliest examples of Christian orthodoxy and a dogmatician in his own right. Though his theological reflections are usually tied up with practical and ecclesiastical issues, they never cease to be charming, doxological, airtight, and (dare I say it) trinitarian.

What fascinates me with the above quotation is his phrase on Christ coming forth from the Father and yet remaining with the Father. I could be wrong, but it seems that Ignatius is here stressing that our Lord did not relinquish his divine office in coming to earth.. not at any time. His kenosis did not detract from him continuing a cosmic reign with the Father in heaven.

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