Sunday, September 13, 2009

John Chrysostom: Servitude Necessitated by Sin

So what does Paul mean, "Authority comes only from God"? He established it for our benefit: while sin created the need for it, God used it to our advantage. Just as the need for medicine comes from ailments, and the administering of the medicine depends on the physicians' skill, so too the need for servitude came from sin, and its proper control depends on God's wisdom.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 4 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, p. 72 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.