Wednesday, September 2, 2009

John Chrysostom: Image of God is Authority

And so on all grounds your claim is disqualified; here, in fact, His reference is to image in the sense of government, as the sequel indicates: after saying, in our image and likeness, He went on, and let them govern the fish of the sea. God's government, however, and angels' would not be one and same: how could it be, slaves' and master's, servants' and bidder's? Some other people in turn, nevertheless, persist in making the claim to us that God has the same kind of image as we do, taking the term in an improper sense; He did not mean image of being but image of government, as we shall make clear from the sequel.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 2 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, p. 47 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.