Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Christ as Man Has Become Greater than Angels

So just as he was less than angels as man, since they have an immortal nature whereas he endured the passion, so after the ascension into heaven he became superior to the angels. "He took his seat over every principality, authority, power, lordship and every name that is named," remember, "not only in this age, but also in the age to come." The divine apostle makes a comparison also in the names; thus, he compared him with the inspired authors, showing Christ the Lord to be Son; thus also in the case of the angels he makes mention of sonship, and brings out the difference on that basis, saying, having become superior to the angels to the extent that the name he inherited is more distinguished than theirs.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Hebrews, Chapter 1, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, pp. 141-42 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.