Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ANF 5: Hippolytus Discourse on the Holy Theophany

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5

Hippolytus: Works and Fragments II.--Dogmatical and Historical: The Discourse on the Holy Theophany

This short work is a meditation on the goodness of God as revealed to mankind in creation. Specifically Hippolytus focuses on light, water, fire (specifically the "fire" of God's verbal promises--especially those through John the Baptist), and ultimately Christ Himself as displayed in His baptism by John and sealing by the descent of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of the Father. All of these beauties are held out to the world through the preaching of the Gospel, and are available for any who will repent, believe, and be baptized. "The father of immortality sent the immortal Son and Word into the world, who came to man in order to wash him with water and the Spirit; and He, begetting us again to incorruption of soul and body, breathed into us the breath (spirit) of life, and endued us with an incorruptible panoply. If, therefore, man has become immortal, he will also be God."

This short work is devotional and wonderful--be sure to read it.

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