Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Nicholas Cabasilas on Satisfaction

“The commission of sin involves injury to God Himself… there is need of virtue great than is found in man to be able to cancel the indictment. For the lowest it is particularly easy to commit an injury against Him who is greatest. Yet it is impossible for him to compensate for this insolence by any honour… He, then, who seeks to cancel the indictment against himself must restore the honour to Him who has been insulted and pay more than he owes, partly by way of restitution, partly by adding compensation…. [Jesus] alone, then, was able to render all the honour that is due to that Father and make satisfaction for that which had been taken away. The former he achieved by His life, the latter by His death. The death which He died upon the cross to the Father’s glory He brought to outweigh the injury which we had committed; in addition He most abundantly made amends for the debt of honour which we owed for our sins.”

from The Life in Christ IV:4

2 comments:

Hierourgos said...

[Originally posted 2006-12-19 @ 10:12:57 pm]

Um... so? St. Nicholas also rejected the tradition of the Church on the Uncreated Light. None of the saints of the Church are infallible.

I think one would be hard pressed to say that this satisfaction theory is Orthodox doctrine.

Ephrem replies: I imply nothing other than that this is something St. Nicholas Cabasilas taught. Anything beyond that is the assumption of the reader.

Brian P. Westgate said...

[Originally posted 2006-12-22 @ 5:12:25 pm]

Sounds like St. Nicholas Cabasilas was an Evangelical-Lutheran! (Those of us Lutherans who read him appreciate much of what he writes.)