Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Purpose of the Incarnation

‘…The purpose of the Incarnation is to restore man in his former dignity and, therefore, make him free again. The very difference between the man “in Christ” and the “old Adam” is that the former is free. This freedom comes to him not as a legal emancipation, which would leave him to an autonomous existence, but as a share in the dignity of his Creator, a new life in which freedom does not stand by itself, but is the consequence of full knowledge, full vision, and full and positive experience of divine love, truth, and beauty. “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8:32).’[1]

[1] Meyendorff, John, Living Tradition, (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978), p. 40. 

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