Friday, May 29, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Christ a Ransom for All

He brings out also the Lord's passion as undergone for all. Who gave himself as redemption for all, the testimony for the right time. For this I was appointed preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying), teacher of Gentiles in faith and truth (vv.6-7): while all are subject to the power of death, he is not subject to death as God, having an immortal nature, nor even as man, having committed no sin, the source of death; but he gave himself as kind of ransom and freed everyone from its slavery.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on 1 Timothy, Chapter 2, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 214 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.