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History And The Incarnation Of Christ

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Speaking of ‘eternal gospel’, Origen neither presumes any repetition of the corporeal passion of Christ, nor does he imply that the gospel preached by Jesus is in any sense incomplete. Jerome was wrong in ascribing to Origen assertions such as that ‘the Gospel’ is regarded ‘as not possessing completeness’ since it ‘was preached in a world and an aeon that are destined to pass away’. Analysis of the Incarnation with respect to history shows that Origen considers movement in time as always directed not merely forward, but forward with a final purpose to be fulfilled, since this was promised and staged in real history. Normally, the realization of prophecies constitutes an intervention of God into the world. The notable character of these divine acts is that they stand in dialectical relation to creaturely free action and take place at certain moments of history, which are known solely to God.

Keywords: aeon; Christ; divine acts; eternal gospel; Incarnation; Jerome; Origen; prophecies



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