Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Boasting in the Ultimate Benefactor

Now it is from him that your life is in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

He used the phrase from him to refer not to the process of creation but to the process of salvation.  Scripture says, remember, "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."  Since he had said that God chose the foolish things of the world and the weak and lowly, of necessity he added, it is from him that your life is, highlighting the manner of the birth by saying in Christ Jesus: you are not named after so and so.  Rather, you have been thought worthy of rebirth in Christ.  It is he who has given you true wisdom, he who has granted you forgiveness of sins, accorded you righteousness, and made you holy by ransoming you from the devil's tyranny.  Accordingly, you ought glory not in human beings but in the God who saves.

Theodoret of Cyrus, "The First Letter to the Corinthians" on 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

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