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He is our sanctification, as himself being purity, that the pure may be encompassed by his purity.

He is our redemption, because he sets us free who were held captive under sin, giving himself as a ransom for us, the sacrifice to make expiation for the world.

He is our resurrection, because he raises up, and brings to life again, those who were slain by sin.

– Gregory of Nazianzus

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16 thoughts on “He is Our Resurrection”

  1. Mike Neglia says:

    I love Gregory. Thanks for the quote!

  2. Christiane says:


    thank you for this beautiful quote.

    I must share that recently I have read three separate SBC posts that vary greatly in their content, so much so that I am amazed at the diversity of them:

    one is yours, the writing of a Doctor of the Church in my Roman Catholic faith, Gregory of Nazianzus

    the second one, a post by Dr. Bart Barber, whose integrity I respect, this:

    and third, a post by David Rogers, who I believe is a Baptist pastor and former SBC missionary to Spain, this:

    The diversity of opinion on these posts is of interest to me, (as the grand-daughter of a Southern Baptist grandmother) in trying to understand more about her Church.

    I am not being critical. I think diversity is healthy for the Church, as long as it preserves core unity in Christ, and is expressed in charity.

    Thought I would share this with you, as your own posts are splendidly rich in the treasures found in the many traditions of the Body of Christ.

  3. Carmen says:

    Interesting that you forgot his titles of Bishop and Saint…
    He would be very at home in either a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Church today, not so sure what he’d make of those groups descended from Luther et al.

    1. dean says:

      I cant really speak for either…Gregory or Martin. But a quick look at the loveley words above indicates to me that Luther would see them as solid grounded Scripture.

      From what I understand of titles…they count for nothing in the presence of God.

      1. Carmen says:

        dean, point is St Gregory was a Bishop in succession to the Apostles, and he, if you read all of his works, would have been foreign to Luther…the early Church Fathers were all Orthodox, and would have found Luther et al heretical.

        1. dean says:

          On what basis…

          1. Carmen says:

            Luther dies the Real Continued Presence of the Risen Christ under the appearance of bread and wine, as well as the fact that the Divine Liturgy is a Holy Sacrifice. Read the Liturgy used by the Eastern Orthodox Churches to see what they believe–it traces back to the time of St Gregory, who lived c. 329 – January 25 389 or 390; not much more than two generations removed from the Apostles,and before the “books” of the New Testament were agreed to be what we know them to be by the Church.

            In other words, while the writings we have now that make up the New Testament existed, they were not fully understood to be the Canon of Scripture by the Church of his time…oh, he would not have read Hebrew, thus would have used the Septuagint Old Testament that Luther disavowed.

            He also, would have used incense, icons etc when praying and celebrating the Divine Liturgy. Luther would have only shared a devotion to the Theotokos with St Gregory.

          2. Carmen says:

            to see what how the Orthodox Church differs from Luther et al, go to their website for North America…

  4. dean says:

    I am not going to get into the Lords supper & every which way it can be done…For the present I am happy to go by Scripture & the promises there in, summarised in the Apostles Creed.

    Luther may be viewed as a heretic according to other interpretations, Jesus too was labeled belzeebub.I dont follow Luther or Cephas & Paul(Gal 1 v 8)etc, but Christ & like Abraham I believe….

    1. Carmen says:

      Dean, as you are not a member of either the Orthodox or Catholic Church you follow one of the protestant groups’ theology whether it be Luther or one of the others and whether you recognize it or not.

      By default, anyone not Orthodox or Catholic is protestant, and does not belong to a Christian community that is in succession to the Twelve Apostles, but is dependent somewhere in their history on a person who thought they knew better than the Twelve whom Jesus placed over the Church.

      As long as you are not Orthodox or Catholic, both your knowledge and practice of the Faith remain feeding on milk rather than meat(to paraphrase St Paul)

      1. dean says:

        I consider Scripture as bread & water at times, church membership is never going to save me, that was a trap the pharisees tended to stumble into. My righteousness comes from somewhere else,a mighty fortress….even Jesus spoke about others spreading the gospel to the disciples who were confused & indignant at times. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack understanding.The disciples got is so wrong at times

        It seems you are stretching the meaning of milk & meat regarding Holy Scripture in appointing certain denominations with a monopoly on God & maturity. OT Israel tried to do this & payed a heavy price.

        In my view…to be more consistant with Scripture it would be better to preach Christ in accordance with the Apostles creed.

        1. Carmen says:

          As I said, you are a protestant, and that is ok, but it is not the perfection of Faith you could have this side of the grave.

          1. dean says:

            I’ll go with Scripture & the spiritual blessings I have in Christ (Eph 1) If that means being lesser in your opinion so be it…

  5. Christiane says:

    CARMEN, hi, I’m Roman Catholic myself. Perhaps the best use of blogging on the sites of those of other Christian communities is to discover more about them, to learn from them, and to try to understand (especially the differences), but also to celebrate that which is shared.

    I taught in Catholic school (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades) in Paterson, NJ,
    and what was emphasized there to the children was RESPECT for the goodness of all people, and for the dignity of human persons. While I treasure my Catholic faith passionately, I think we must always be accepting of sincerity of those Christian people who, although of a different ‘persuasion’, hold within them a deep and abiding spirituality nourished by Our Lord and by the sacred Scriptures. If they are baptized according the the way our Church accepts, likely they members also of the Body of Christ, and have a connection to us through the communion of saints. In short, follow the advice of St. Francis of Assisi,
    and when communicating with non-Catholic Christians, remember that it is better to understand, more than to be understood.

    Peace of Christ to you, Carmen.


    1. Carmen says:

      Christiane, good words, but did you leave your students ignorant in the true since of that word? No, you gave them the fulness of the Faith. Part of the New Evangelization is not only convert the unconverted to Christianity, but the bring those who belong to Christian groups that are not part of the One Holy Apostolic Church into it.
      By hopefully having respectful intelligent conversations we can hope to help protestants see that the Church existed before the Bible, and that without the 7 Sacraments/Mysteries protestants are lacking in the fulness of the Faith. As it is, they only recognize 2 of the 7, and without the priesthood, only really receive 1 of them, baptism.

      Truth in Charity.

  6. Simon says:

    Interesting… this quote sums up exactly why penal substituion was not how the early Church understood the atonement. I wonder why Calvinists continue to make this dogma, when the consistent teaching of scripture and the early Church Fathers is that of ransom/Christus Victor (Aulen’s book should have put this issue to bed among protestants).

    Dean, you say you follow the Apostle’s Creed. Do you follow that part where it says Christ descended into Hades? It seems that Protestants who like to think they share the faith as expressed in the Creeds pick and choose which parts they want to believe and which parts to discard.

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