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Read & Download á PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Gregory of Nazianzus Gregory of Nazianzus â 5 Download The Five Theological Orations Free download î 105 E of the holy Trinity Their historical importance as a decisive blow against the various trinitarian heresies of the fourth century – one from which they would never really recover – is indisputable; but just as. Hay It s Gregory of Nazianus

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Read & Download á PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Gregory of Nazianzus Gregory of Nazianzus â 5 Download The Five Theological Orations Free download î 105 Obvious is their abiding value for clear headed thinking devotional fervor and reverent humility becoming a genuine man of God This is edifying reading for all the saints no less in our day than in Gregory Nazianzen'. I love Gregory He majorly helped me understand what it means that Christ is begotten of the Father But Gregory s not very nice in this book

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Read & Download á PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free â Gregory of Nazianzus Gregory of Nazianzus â 5 Download The Five Theological Orations Free download î 105 The Five Theological Orations first delivered in AD 379 by Gregory of Nazianzus one of the three “Cappadocian Fathers” of the early Church were immediately recognized as a landmark defense of the orthodox doctrin. In my journey through reading Christian classics I recently read Basil of Caesarea s On the Holy Spirit Basil was good friends with Gregory of Nazianzus together with Basil s brother Gregory they are known as the Cappadocian Fathers Their writings were hugely influential in solidifying the doctrine of the Trinity leading up to the Council of Constantinople in 381I find their writings still relevant today helping me better understand who God is and how the Father Son and Spirit relate to one another as God Gregory s most influential work were his Theological Orations of which five focus on the doctrine of the Trinity To many Christians the Trinity seems to be something very confusing but that may be able to be explained by learned scholars of religion Or at least something that can be better understood with use of witty analogies Somewhat surprising to me is that Gregory begins by arguing that it is impossible to conceive GodBut in my opinion it is impossible to express Him and yet impossible to conceive Him For that which may be conceived may perhaps be made clear by language if not fairly well at any rate imperfectly to any one who is not uite deprived of his hearing or slothful of understanding But to comprehend the whole of so great a Subject as this is uite impossible and impracticable not merely to the utterly careless and ignorant but even to those who are highly exalted and who love God and in like manner to every created nature seeing that the darkness of this world and the thick covering of the flesh is an obstacle to the full understanding of the truth Second Theological Oration ch 4His point is not that God is impossible so we can say nothing but rather that by reason alone we cannot conceive God And even what we can say about God based on what God has revealed will never fully explain God Not even close Yet we press on through faith and not reason to discern truthNow if you have in your thought passed through the air and all the things of air reach with me to heaven and the things of heaven And let faith lead us rather than reason if at least you have learnt the feebleness of the latter in matters nearer to you and have known reason by knowing the things that are beyond reason so as not to be altogether on the earth or of the earth because you are ignorant even of your ignorance Second Theological Oration ch 28When Gregory begins to discuss the Trinitarian understanding of God he emphasizes that all three persons have existed forever They did not come into being at a certain time they have always been a unity in diversitywhen did the Father come into being There never was a time when He was not And the same thing is true of the Son and the Holy Ghost Ask me again and again I will answer you When was the Son begotten When the Father was not begotten And when did the Holy Ghost proceed When the Son was not proceeding but begotten beyond the sphere of time and above the grasp of reason although we cannot set forth that which is above time if we avoid as we desire any expression which conveys the idea of time Third Theological Oration ch 3Lest we think talk of God is merely academic Gregory reminds us that God is a relationship This will certainly mean something for us created in God s image and desiring relationshipthat Father is not a name either of an essence or of an action most clever sirs But it is the name of the Relation in which the Father stands to the Son and the Son to the Father Third Theological Oration ch 16There never was a time when He was without the Word or when He was not the Father or when He was not true or not wise or not powerful or devoid of life or of splendour or of goodness Third Theological Oration ch 17If Jesus is God in the flesh then is he truly human How does his humanity and divinity relate Gregory addresses this tooWhat is lofty you are to apply to the Godhead and to that Nature in Him which is superior to sufferings and incorporeal but all that is lowly to the composite condition of Him who for your sakes made Himself of no reputation and was Incarnate yes for it is no worse thing to say was made Man and afterwards was also exalted Third Theological Oration ch 18What He was He continued to be what He was not He took to Himself In the beginning He was uncaused for what is the Cause of God But afterwards for a cause He was born And that came was that you might be saved who insult Him and despise His Godhead because of this that He took upon Him your denser nature having converse with Flesh by means of Mind While His inferior Nature the Humanity became God because it was united to God and became One Person because the Higher Nature prevailed in order that I too might be made Goal so far as He is made Man He was born but He had been begotten He was born of a woman but she was a Virgin The first is human the second Divine In His Human nature He had no Father but also in His Divine Nature no Mother Both these belong to Godhead He dwelt in the womb but He was recognized by the Prophet himself still in the womb leaping before the Word for Whose sake He came into being He was wrapped in swaddling clothes9 but He took off the swathing bands of the grave by His rising again He was laid in a manger but He was glorified by Angels and proclaimed by a star and worshipped by the Magi Why are you offended by that which is presented to your sight because you will not look at that which is presented to your mind He was driven into exile into Egypt but He drove away the Egyptian idols He had no form nor comeliness in the eyes of the Jews11 but to David He is fairer than the children of men And on the Mountain He was bright as the lightning and became luminous than the sun initiating us into the mystery of the future Third Theological Oration ch 19He was baptized as Man but He remitted sins as God not because He needed purificatory rites Himself but that He might sanctify the element of water He was tempted as Man but He conuered as God yea He bids us be of good cheer for He has overcome the world He hungered but He fed thousands yea He is the Bread that giveth life and That is of heaven He thirsted but He cried If any man thirst let him come unto Me and drink Yea He promised that fountains should flow from them that believe He was wearied but He is the Rest of them that are weary and heavy laden He was heavy with sleep but He walked lightly over the sea He rebuked the winds He made Peter light as he began to sink He pays tribute but it is out of a fish yea He is the King of those who demanded itHe is called a Samaritan and a demoniac but He saves him that came down from Jerusalem and fell among thieves the demons acknowledge Him and He drives out demons and sinks in the sea legions of foul spirits and sees the Prince of the demons falling like lightning9 He is stoned but is not taken He prays but He hears prayer He weeps but He causes tears to cease He asks where Lazarus was laid for He was Man but He raises Lazarus for He was God He is sold and very cheap for it is only for thirty pieces of silver but He redeems the world and that at a great price for the Price was His own blood As a sheep He is led to the slaughter but He is the Shepherd of Israel and now of the whole world also As a Lamb He is silent yet He is the Word and is proclaimed by the Voice of one crying in the wilderness He is bruised and wounded but He healeth every disease and every infirmity He is lifted up and nailed to the Tree but by the Tree of Life He restoreth us yea He saveth even the Robber crucified with Him yea He wrapped the visible world in darkness He is given vinegar to drink mingled with gall Who He who turned the water into wine who is the destroyer of the bitter taste who is Sweetness and altogether desire He lays down His life but He has power to take it again 19 and the veil is rent for the mysterious doors of Heaven are opened the rocks are cleft the dead arise He dies but He gives life and by His death destroys death He is buried but He rises again He goes down into Hell but He brings up the souls He ascends to Heaven and shall come again to judge the uick and the dead and to put to the test such words as yours If the one give you a starting point for your error let the others put an end to it Third Theological Oration ch 20Gregory s Fifth Theological Oration discusses the deity of the Holy SpiritBut we have so much confidence in the Deity of the Spirit Whom we adore that we will begin our teaching concerning His Godhead by fitting to Him the Names which belong to the Trinity even though some persons may think us too bold The Father was the True Light which lighteneth every man coming into the world The Son was the True Light which lighteneth every man coming into the world The Other Comforter was the True Light which lighteneth every man coming into the world Was and Was and Was but Was One Thing Light thrice repeated but One Light and One God Fifth Theological Oration ch 3Gregory admits there is not as much in scripture in regards to the deity of the Spirit as there is about the Son Yet once again the debate is never a mere academic parsing of scripture Instead it is about practical living things like worship and prayer It is these things that tip the scale towards the orthodox view for the Spirit is worship and the one whom we pray tofor the present it will suffice to say that it is the Spirit in Whom we worship and in Whom we pray For Scripture says God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth And again We know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered 4 and I will pray with the Spirit and I will pray with the understanding also that is in the mind and in the Spirit Therefore to adore or to pray to the Spirit seems to me to be simply Himself offering prayer or adoration to Himself Fifth Theological Oration ch 12I ll allow Gregory to sum upTo us there is One God for the Godhead is One and all that proceedeth from Him is referred to One though we believe in Three Persons For one is not and another less God nor is One before and another after nor are They divided in will or parted in power nor can you find here any of the ualities of divisible things but the Godhead is to speak concisely undivided in separate Persons and there is one mingling of Light as it were of three suns joined to each other When then we look at the Godhead or the First Cause or the Monarchia that which we conceive is One but when we look at the Persons in Whom the Godhead dwells and at Those Who timelessly and with eual glory have their Being from the First Cause there are Three Whom we worship Fifth Theological Oration ch 14


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