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"Straight away He put away death" - Athanasius, On the Incarnation §9

“Straight away He put away death” – Athanasius, On the Incarnation §9

To this end He takes to Himself a body capable of death, that it, by partaking of the Word Who is above all, might be worthy to die in the stead of all, and might, because of the Word which had come to dwell in it, remain incorruptible, and that thenceforth corruption might be stayed from all by the Grace of the Resurrection. Whence, by offering unto death the body He Himself had taken, as an offering and sacrifice free ...
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"If One died for all, then all died". 2 Cor. 5:14 according to Charles Ellicott

“If One died for all, then all died”. 2 Cor. 5:14 according to Charles Ellicott

The race, in its collective unity, died, as He died, to sin, and should live, as He lives, to God. Each member of the race is then only in a true and normal state when he ceases to live for himself and actually lives for Christ. That is the mystic ideal which St. Paul placed before himself and others, and every advance in holiness is, in its measure, an approximation to it ...
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Christoph Blumhardt: He is Lord and Savior Over All

Christoph Blumhardt: He is Lord and Savior Over All

If I should have to give up hope for any person, any country, any world, or any situation, then Jesus would not be the one who holds the universe together. There would still remain the burden of death, of travail, a load of night and darkness. Then Jesus would not be the light of the world, and his would not be a cosmic cross that brings everything back together. He would not be victorious. For what else could Jesus’ resurrection ...
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"He has changed sunset into sunrise, and through the cross brought death to life"

“He has changed sunset into sunrise, and through the cross brought death to life”

Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215 AD) Hail, O light! For in us, buried in darkness, shut up in the shadow of death, light has shone forth from heaven, purer than ...
Origen on the end of the world (First Principles 3,6,1-9)

Origen on the end of the world (First Principles 3,6,1-9)

Tr. Frederick Crombie. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 4. (1885) 1. Now, respecting the end of the world and the consummation of all things, we have stated in the preceding pages, ...
"Once saved, always saved" according to Origen

“Once saved, always saved” according to Origen

Greater than free will is love, because love is greater than all things. Love, says Origen, will keep every creature from falling away from God. In other words, not even ...
Videos from the Hope Conference (Oct. 9-10 2020), Helsinki, Finland

Videos from the Hope Conference (Oct. 9-10 2020), Helsinki, Finland

Find the playlist here. See also https://toivohope.blogspot.com/ ...
Origen on God's "consuming fire"

Origen on God’s “consuming fire”

The Platonic philosopher Celsus had argued against the supposed cruelty of the Christian idea of God as a "consuming fire" that tortures sinners. Origen, eager to defend the goodness of ...
Thomas Allin: A Chain of Passages From Scripture Declaring God's Purpose

Thomas Allin: A Chain of Passages From Scripture Declaring God’s Purpose

These passages are, I repeat, not taken at random and piled up any way. They are the expression of that Purpose that runs though the Bible. It is a Purpose ...
Ignatius on Christ's True Passion (Epistle to the Smyrneans)

Ignatius on Christ’s True Passion (Epistle to the Smyrneans)

Ignatius counters the docetist claim that the sufferings of Christ (the Word) was only apparent, the incarnation being "in appearance only". No, says Ignatius, the Word really did suffer "for ...
Hannah Whitall Smith: Three Censored Chapters of The Unselfishness of God And How I Discovered It

Hannah Whitall Smith: Three Censored Chapters of The Unselfishness of God And How I Discovered It

In her book, Smith explained how she came to embrace the belief in the final restitution of all things. However, the last three chapters (containing the whole point of the ...