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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. III:
Doctrinal Treatises of St. Augustin: Chapter 9

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Chapter 9.—The Same Argument Continued.

He did not say, I and they are one thing; 496 although, in that He is the head of the church which is His body, 497 He might have said, and they are, not one thing, 498 but one person, 499 because the head and the body is one Christ; but in order to show His own Godhead consubstantial with the Father (for which reason He says in another place, “I and my Father are one” 500 ), in His own kind, that is, in the consubstantial parity of the same nature, He wills His own to be one, 501 but in Himself; since they could not be so in themselves, separated as they are one from another by divers pleasures and desires and uncleannesses of sin; whence they are cleansed through the Mediator, that they may be one 502 in Him, not only through the same nature in which all become from mortal men equal to the angels, but also through the same will most harmoniously conspiring to the same blessedness, and fused in some way by the fire of charity into one spirit. For to this His words come, “That they may be one, even as we are one;” namely, that as the Father and Son are one, not only in equality of substance, but also in will, so those also may be one, between whom and God the Son is mediator, not only in that they are of the same nature, but also through the same union of love. And then He goes on thus to intimate the truth itself, that He is the Mediator, through whom we are reconciled to God, by saying, “I in them, and Thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one.” 503


Footnotes

76:496

Unum

76:497

Eph. 1:22, 23Eph. 1:22, 23

76:498

Unum

76:499

Unus

76:500

John 10.30John x. 30; unum.

76:501

Unum

76:502

Unum

76:503

John 17.23John xvii. 23


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