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On the Incarnation Ch. 1-2 Discussion

Advent Read-along Ch. 1-2 Discussion. 

Some passages to discuss:

Ch. 1 Creation and the Fall
1. “The renewal of creation has been wrought by the Self-same Word Who made it in the beginning.”
2. “to deny that God is Himself the cause of matter is to impute limitation to Him.”
3. “it was our sorry case that caused the Word to come down…so that He made haste to help us and to appear among us.”
4. “when they lost the knowledge of God, they lost existence with it.”

Ch. 2 The Divine Dilemma and its Solution in the Incarnation
1. “It was impossible, therefore, that God should leave man to be carried off by corruption, because it would be unfitting and unworthy of Himself.”
2. Regarding repentance as a means to return to incorruption he says, “repentance would not guard the Divine consistency, for, if death did not hold dominion over men, God would still remain untrue.”
3. “He alone, being Word of the Father and above all, was in consequences both able to recreate all, and worthy to suffer on behalf of all and to be an ambassador for all with the Father. For this purpose, then, the incorporeal and incorruptible and immaterial Word of God entered our world.”
4. Speaking of us men, Jesus by taking on our body, would “make them [us] alive through death by appropriation of His body and by the grace of His resurrection. Thus He would make death disappear from them as utterly as straw from fire.”
5. “by virtue of the Word’s indwelling in a single human body, the corruption which goes with death has lost its power over all.
6. Speaking of Jesus that He, “might rescue those who all their lives were enslaved by the fear of death.”
7. “By man death has gained its power over men; by the Word made Man death has been destroyed and life raised up anew.”
8. “Now, therefore, when we die we no longer do so as men condemned to death, but as those who are even now in process of rising we await the general resurrection of all, ‘which in its own times He shall show,’ even God Who wrought it and bestowed it on us.”
 
A few personal reflection questions come to mind.
 
In what ways do we impute limitation to Him in our lives, in our sanctification, in our becoming like Him?
 
In what ways do we forget the Incarnation and Resurrection of Christ and continue to fear death?
 
When have I acted out of fear (of death or discomfort, etc.) instead of faith?
 
How can I return to a mind and heart remembering the Incarnation and the Resurrection of Christ in my everyday life?
 
Thoughts, prayers, and questions for chapters 1&2 welcome in the comments.

One thought on “On the Incarnation Ch. 1-2 Discussion

  1. When I was converting, “On the Incarnation” was crucial in enabling me to understand the Gospel. I know this comment is not really along the same lines as your observations, but coming form a non-Christian background, I was so grateful for how St. Athanasios broke down the Gospel message into such small pieces for non-Christians to understand. Before that, I thought the Gospel made no sense!

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