Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Hilary: the death of death

Friday, January 13, 2017
    Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367
    Commemoration of Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde & Cumbria, 603
    For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
    —1 Corinthians 15:21 (NIV)
    He took upon Him the flesh in which we have sinned, that by wearing our flesh He might forgive sins; a flesh which He shares with us by wearing it, not by sinning in it. He blotted out through death the sentence of death, that by a new creation of our race in Himself He might sweep away the penalty appointed by the former Law... For Scripture had foretold that He who is God should die; that the victory and triumph of them that trust in Him lay in the fact that He, who is immortal and cannot be overcome by death, was to die that mortals might gain eternity. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... St. Hilary (ca. 300-367?), On the Trinity, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. IX, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1902, p. 44 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:21,26,53-55; Luke 20:35-36; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 5:5-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have conquered death forever.
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