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“He, Reviving Us by His Spirit, Transfers His Own Virtue to Us”

Last week I posted some comments from Cyril of Alexandria on Romans 6:5 (“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his”). John Calvin’s comments on the verse are noteworthy as well. He sees an intimate union between the believer and […]

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The Wages of Sin and the Free Gift of God

Commenting on Romans 6:23 (“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”), John Chrysostom notes in his twelfth homily on Romans the gap in the parallelism between the two clauses. Life is not deserved as death is deserved. Death is, indeed, deserved, but […]

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“So We Shall Also Be Conformed to His Resurrection, because We Shall Live in Christ”

A moving passage from Cyril of Alexandria on Romans 6:5 (“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his”) and the hope of the resurrection: Emmanuel gave up his soul for us; he died in the flesh. We also were buried […]

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“Ambrosiaster” and Sola Fides

In honor of Luther day, a couple of excerpts from the commentary on Romans by the so-called “Ambrosiaster.” First, on 3:24: “Justificati gratis per gratiam ipsius.” Justificati sunt gratis, quia nihil operantes, neque vice reddentes, sola fide justificati sunt dono Dei. “Per redemptionem quae in Christo Jesu.” Gratiam Dei in Christo esse testatur; quia voluntate […]