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Natural Consequences (7): Cyril of Alexandria on Divine Speech and Punishment

November 22, 2009

Commenting on John 10:48-50, St. Cyril of Alexandria gives us insight into the patristic understanding of final judgment:

48 The word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day.

They will be self-condemned therefore, He says, who refuse to hear Him and do not accept the saving faith. For He that came to illumine, came not in order to judge, but to save. He therefore that disobeys and thereby subjects himself to the greatest miseries, let him blame himself as justly punished.” For I am not the cause thereof, Who desire to save those that are going to fall into judgment, and Who came for this end. For he that makes a law punishing the disobedient, makes it not for the sake of punishing them that transgress it, but in order that they that hear may take heed of it and be safe. (more…)