What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Cross

     The disciple who wrote this said: 'For as yet the Holy Spirit was not in them, because Jesus was not yet glorified' (John 7:39). He calls the cross a glory. When he wanted to demonstrate Christ's love, of what did he speak? His signs and wonders and marvels? No, he gives prominence to the cross, with the words: 'God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that all who believe in him may not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16). Paul too says: 'He spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all; so how will he not also in company with him give us all things?' (Rom 8:32). When he exhorts us to humility, it is from the cross that he derives his advice with the words: 'If there be any comfort in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any communion of the Spirit, if any bowels of compassion, fulfill my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. Let there be no contention or vainglory, but in humility let each esteem others as better than himself' (Phil 2:1-3). Then he commences his advice with the words 'Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal to God; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of man, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, the death of the cross' (Phil 2:5-8).
                                                                        St. John Chrysostom
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