Friday, April 17, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Our Sins Imputed to Sinless Christ

This was the way he spoke on behalf of us all, "The reckoning of my sins is far from my salvation." He was in fact guiltless of sin even in his humanity: "He committed no sin," remember, "nor was guile found in his mouth." Yet in making ours his own he became human nature's mouthpiece: he took on our sins and carried our diseases.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Hebrews, Chapter 2, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 145 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.