13 May 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

So too is it with God, who on account of the massive extent of the wound has applied a massive and strong dose of medicine; and he has bestowed grace not on sin, but on the human being; he has rained down the shower of his mercy not to multiply but to blot out offenses. ((St. Peter Chrysologus, Sermon 113:3)


Anonymous said...

This quote is a bit difficult for me to grasp. It must be part of a larger text, no? What does he mean when he says "raised [should that be 'rained'] down the shower of His mercy not to multiply but to blot out offenses." I'm confused about where anyone supposed that God wanted to multiply our offenses.

Can you elaborate?
p.s. I think it should be "dose" and not "does"

William Weedon said...

Thanks for the corrections, Deb. Got them up there. St. Peter's point is that God applied a massive and strong medicine to us because of the incredible damage wrought by sin, but He did this not to "heal" sin, but sinners. He is speaking on the text: "Should we continue in sin that grace may abound? No way!"