Thursday, August 6, 2015

ANF VI: Alexander of Alexandria

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume VI

Alexander of Alexandria: Epistles on the Arian Heresy and the Deposition of Arius

These writings are wonderfully devotional reflections on the Arian controversy and its causes, effects, and management by the church. There are many reasons to read these, but especially pay attention to the emphasis given to the authority of Scripture over the claims of the church authorities (paragraph 10, pg 295) and to the nature of Christ's person and work relative to our sin.
For Christ, by dying, hath discharged the debt of death to which man was obnoxious.
Oh the new and ineffable mystery!
The Judge was judged;
He who absolves from sin was bound;
He was mocked who once framed the world;
He was stretched upon the cross who stretched out the heavens;
He was fed with gall who gave the manna to be bread;
He died who gives life.
He was given up to the tomb who raises the dead. 
Excellent, excellent stuff. Highly recommended.

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