Near the end of book 13 of De Trinitate (“On the Trinity”), Augustine lists some of the main things that we can learn from the incarnation of the Word:

  • The high place the human race holds within God’s creation, in that human nature should be joined to the nature of God in a single person;
  • It makes us aware of the grace of God toward us, given without any previous merits on our part.
  • It shows us that our greatest infirmity, pride, is cured by the humility of God.
  • It teaches us how far we had actually drawn away from God before Christ’s coming: something that can cause us the wholesome pain of remorse when we return to God through such a mediator.
  • It reveals to us the true dimensions of the obedience we owe to God and shows that the reward of obedience is the resurrection of the dead.

 

Brian E. Daley, “Incarnation,” ed. Allan D. Fitzgerald, Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999), Page 446.

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