Gregory Nazianzus

St. Gregory Nazianzen

Incarnation, assumption of our Flesh

“If any assert that He has now put off His holy flesh, and that His Godhead is stripped of the body, and deny that He is now with his body and will come again with it, let him not see the glory of His coming….For that which He has not assumed He has not healed…If only half of Adam fell, then that which Christ assumes and saves may by half also; but if the whole of his nature fell, it must be united to the whole nature of Him that was begotten, an so be save as a whole. Let them not, then, begrudge us our complete salvation.”

-Gregory of Nazianzus (4th cent. A.D.), Epistle 101, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 1994, p. 440.

Objective Work of Christ

Look at it in this manner: that as for my sake He was called a curse, Who destroyed my curse; called sin, who takes away the sin of the world; and became a new Adam to take the place of the old. Just so, He makes my disobedience His own as Head of the whole body…In the character of the form of a servant, He condescends to…take upon Him a strange form, bearing all me and mine in Himself, that in Himself He may exhaust the bad, as fire does wax, or as the sun does the mists of the earth, and that I may partake of His nature.

(Gregory of Nazianzus [4th cent. A.D.], Fourth Theological Oration, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7, 1994, p. 311)

Trinity, knowing God as

“The Godhead is, to speak concisely, undivided… there is one mingling of Light, as it were of three suns joined to each other.”

-Gregory of Nazianzus (4th cent. A.D.), Fifth Theological Oration, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 1994, p. 322.

“Have you an infant child?…You have no need of amulets or incantations, with which the Devil also comes in, stealing worship from God for himself in the minds of vainer men. Give your child the Trinity, that great and noble Guard.”

-Gregory of Nazianzus (4th cent. A.D.), Oration 15, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 1994, p. 365.

“Worship the Trinity, which I call the only true devotion and saving doctrine.”

-Gregory of Nazianzus (4th cent. A.D.), Oration 43, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 1994, p. 405.