25 January 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

We must distinguish between the communication and the plenary use of the things communicated.  The communication of the divine attributes occurred at the first moment of the incarnation... The full use of the communicated properties did not follow until Christ's glorious exaltation, because in the days of His flesh, Christ did not always exert the glorious and divine majesty communicated to Him according to the flesh through the personal union, but He only sent out some rays of it.  From this the distinction between the states of emptying and exaltation is born. -- Blessed Johann Gerhard, On Christ, pp. 275, 276.

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