Monday, September 28, 2009

John Chrysostom: Christ's Gift Greater than Adam's Sin

The statement is obscure; there is therefore need to supply clarification. "The judgment:" the penalty, the punishment, death. "Following one fall:" sin, since while a single sin brought on such dreadful evil, grace undid not only that sin but also other sins. Hence it says, "The free gift following many falls brings justification." For this reason John the Baptist also cried aloud, "Behold the lamb of God," not the one who takes away [Hill has, "way" but this must be a typo] the sin of Adam, but "who takes away the sin of the world." Do you see how it was a case, not of the gift being like the fall, but of this tree bringing on greater good things than the evils which were brought on at the beginning?

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 7 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, p. 122 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.