Christ as the Uniquely Graced Man in Theodore and Nestorius

Donald Fairbairn

in Grace and Christology in the Early Church

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256143
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600586 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Christ as the Uniquely Graced Man in Theodore and Nestorius

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This chapter finds that Theodore of Mopsuestia and Nestorius understand salvation as the human ascent from the current imperfect age to a perfect future age (the second katastasis), and grace is God's gift of indwelling, aid, and co‐operation in that ascent. Christ is the supreme example of this co‐operative grace and is divine in the sense that he is indwelt by God the Son in a unique way. As this uniquely graced man, Christ is the one who blazes the trail for Christians, who then follow him in the ascent to the future age.

Keywords: assumed man; co‐operation; grace; graced man; indwelling; Katastasis; Nestorius; Theodore of Mopsuestia; Trailblazer; two‐act salvation scheme

Chapter.  14508 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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