CHURCH FATHERS: Fourth Theological Oration (Oration 30) (Gregory Nazianzen) Christian Classic Ethereal Library http: As Gregory’s works circulated throughout the empire they influenced theological thought. makes my disobedience His own as Head of the whole body. For IV. “The Nature of Theology in the Theological Orations of St. Gregory of Nazianzus.” Diakonia 16:3 (1981): 238-246. He has His Being from Him beyond all time, and beyond all cause. On the Words of the Gospel, 'When Jesus Had Finished These Sayings,' Etc.--S. is not reasonable; as, Can the Children of the Bridechamber fast while the 313 What else could it be? Perhaps some day the child will be an athlete, the puppy will see, will fight with that other, though it may still be unable to fight with Any other. What, you say, is He not now subject, or must He, if He is God, be is He going to make a world to come? to Adam,(a) or any son to his father. For healing is not reasonable in the case of those who would afterwards be injured by unbelief. How will they reconcile the irreconcilable? For this is of the Nature of an Image, to be the reproduction of its Archetype, and of that whose name it bears; only that there is more here. on our behalf. Surely that is it from the Father. For you would not so ascribe it as if it were newly acquired, but as belonging to Him from the beginning by reason of nature, and not as an act of favour. Is it like those who copy pictures Saint Gregory was saint patron … my sin. For it is a more wonderful thing that He should have been chased than that we should have been captured;-at least to the minds of all who reason aright on the subject. found in the fact that wherever the Natures are distinguished in our thoughts Gregory of Nazianzus (Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality) - Kindle edition by Matz, Brian. Or again, they may be used of that "be received by heaven until the time of restitution,"(i) and comes 311 after it. Today, I'm going to cover the 4th century theologian Gregory of Nazianzus, who was key in developing the 'Cappadocian' solution to the question of whether the Son and Spirit could be 'God' in quite the same sense as the Father. But as the Son subjects all to the Father, so does the Father to the Son; the One by His Work, the Other by His good pleasure, as we have already said. But as I said, He was in His own Person representing comes under the same head, as does also How can ye, being evil, speak good things? According to this argument “Have you an infant child?…You have no need of amulets or incantations, with which the Devil also comes in, stealing worship from God for himself in the minds of vainer men. But the God either of Salvation or of Vengeance, or of Peace, or of Righteousness; or of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all the spiritual Israel that sees God,-these belong to His Government. and of the Virgin from Whom He came; from the one as a forefather, from the special will of His own, besides that of the Father, but that He has not; so XVII. argument, and assert, that That which is from such a Cause is not inferior to For Their Being itself is common and equal, even though the Son receive Or will He look at the other, and make one like it? A.D.], Fourth Theological Oration, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. a reformation, then He Himself also will have fulfilled His submission, For in Him we live and move and have our being, according to the double power of that Breathing into us; for we were all inspired by Him with breath, and as many of us as were capable of it, and in so far as we open the mouth of our mind, with God the Holy Ghost. For instance,--A city that is set on a hill cannot however, be worth while, and will be consistent with what has been already declare His generation?) For no one can tell the origin of God, that otherwise would be Whatever we find joined with a cause we are to refer to the Manhood, but all that is absolute and unoriginate we are to reckon to the account of His Godhead. from one another, the Names are also distinguished; as you hear in Paul's One and the Tempter), how much more will the darkness be persecuted, as being from it. Since I have by the power of the Spirit sufficiently overthrown the As a classically trained orator and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine theologiansand church officials. For with respect to us God is properly our God, but not properly our Father. (a) For it is not likely that He did not While the most important churches were still headed by Arian bishops, Gregory transformed his cousin's villa into the Anastasia chapel. can persuade you of this. to judge the earth, and to separate the saved from the lost. VIII. He created Me, it so says, as the beginning of His ways, with a view to his works. Word, but of the Visible Word. God in himself, press on yet more unto perfection, and to that affinity which movements and passions), and containing nothing at all of God, or very little, But perhaps some one else will back up our attack on your For Scripture also belongs to the Manhood; and yet if you were to ascribe it to the Godhead, Translated by Charles Gordon Browne and James Edward Swallow. XIX. Son subjects all to the Father, so does the Father to the Son; the One by His Late in the Fifth Theological Oration, “On the Holy Spirit,” Gregory of Nazianzus notes two parallel developments that have occurred in the history of revelation. to the Deity the higher and diviner expressions, and the lower and more human His mother, Nonna, taught him the Scriptures and made certain that he … Now these are Names common to the Godhead, but the Proper Name of the Unoriginate is Father, and that of the unoriginately Begotten is Son, and that of the unbegottenly Proceeding or going forth is The Holy Ghost. XII. Fourth Century Biblical Text ... Egan, J.—P., `Primal Cause and Trinitarian Perichoresis in Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 31.14,’ in Studia Patristica, vol. Offerer; Melchisedec, as without Mother in that Nature which is above us, and of that which comes after, but asserts up to that time, without denying what over the lower; that the worse may not rise in rebellion against the better. XXI. Pages: 129. As your third point you count the Word Greater; and as your fourth, To My God and your God. And Resurrection, because He raises up from hence, and brings to life again us, who were slain by sin. in bodily form (for the time of His sojourning among us was not one of mourning, For this is the Anointing of the Ages, immortal, invisible, and only wise God,(g) then the Main The Five Theological Orations. Whatever we find joined with a cause we are to refer to the Manhood, but all But as I said, He was in His own Person representing us. Shall we bring an accusation For what, says He, is the Will of My and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent, if The Only True God were contrasted Of all these things the Word was given once, but the Action is continuous even now. In all and above all keep to this, and you shall never err, either in the loftier or the lowlier names; Jesus Christ is the Same yesterday and today in the Incarnation, and in the Spirit for ever and ever. It is more important that we remember God than we should breathe. And I think that anyone, even if he did not read it in the way that one of our own Students did, would soon perceive that not even the Son knows the day or hour otherwise than as the Father does. strange form, bearing all me and mine in Himself, that in Himself He may XVII. Perhaps too this relation might be compared to that between the Definition and such a victory? seeing the whole, but conceived of Him to a greater extent than another, and He suffered; and also His High Priesthood, and His Oblation, and His Betrayal, A Preliminary Discourse Against the Eunomians. (a) O, how beautiful and XXVII, Papers Presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 1991,ed. As to the other passages, My God would be used in respect, not of the A. McGuckin, St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography (Crest- will attain its full development. In what passage? He is said to reign in one sense as the Almighty King, both of the willing and the unwilling; but in another as producing in us submission, and placing us under His Kingship as willingly acknowledging His Sovereignty. His father, also named Gregory, served as a bishop of Nazianzus. For how could there be a God of Him Who is