Friday, January 13, 2012

A Voice from the Past - Hilary of Poitiers

But the novel sound of these words disturbed the Apostle Philip. A Man is before their eyes; this Man avows Himself the Son of God, and declares that when they have known Him they will know the Father. He tells them that they have seen the Father, and that, because they have seen Him, they shall know Him hereafter. This truth is too broad for the grasp of weak humanity; their faith fails in the presence of these paradoxes.

Hilary of Poitiers, 300-368 AD, De Trinitate (On the Trinity), Book 7, 35 (The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol IX, Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, Hilary of Poitiers: Select Works, translated by E, W. Watson, L. Pullan, and others, T&T Clark and Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997, p. 133; Quote is in reference to John 14:8,9)

Why is it important for a Christian to be amazed by Christ and who He is? What are the implications of this?

1 comment:

  1. I caanot imagine what it must have been like to be a disciple and hear Jesus say that they have seen the Father because they saw him. Fortunately we have the luxury of reflection to understand that in Jesus the fullness of deity dwells.