Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Essential Aspect of Faith

We received good news, you see, as they did, but the message in their hearing did not benefit them as they were not joined in faith to those who heard it (v.2): hearing the words does not suffice for salvation; accepting it in faith is necessary, and holding it firm. After all, what benefit was God's promise to those who received it, but did not receive it faithfully, trust in the power of God or, as it were, associate closely with God's words?

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Hebrews, Chapter 4, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, pp. 151-52 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.