Monday, December 9, 2013

The relationship between the Father and the Son

The Holy Trinity is a complex matter for many. The relationship within the Trinity is also not a simple issue. Questions like, did the Father exist before the Son normally occur in many theological discussions. However, St. Basil the Great understands this relationship between the Father and the Son as a condition of His goodness and power, claiming:

“What is good is always present with God who is over all, and…it is good to be the Father of such a Son…so what is good was never absent from Him, nor was it the Father’s will to be without the Son, and when He willed He did not lack the power, but having the power and the will to be in the mode in which it seemed good to Him, He also always possessed the Son by reason of His always willing that which is good”[1].

[1] Gregory of Nyssa, Against Eunomius 8.5 (NPNF2 5:207). CF. Basil of Caesarea, Contra Eunomium 2.12 (PG 29:593A-B).

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