Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Origen of Alexandria's Thoughts on Colossians 1:15 (FYI)

From his Commentary on John (Book I):

19. (4) "In addition to these meanings there is that in which we speak of an arche, according to form; thus if the first-born of every creature (Colossians 1:15) is the image of the invisible God, then the Father is his arche. In the same way Christ is the arche of those who are made according to the image of God. For if men are according to the image, but the image according to the Father; in the first case the Father is the arche of Christ, and in the other Christ is the arche of men, and men are made, not according to that of which he is the image, but according to the image. With this example our passage will agree: 'In the arche was the Word.'"

22. "Not even as the Word is He the arche, for the Word was in the arche. And so one might venture to say that wisdom is anterior to all the thoughts that are expressed in the titles of the first-born of every creature. Now God is altogether one and simple; but our Saviour, for many reasons, since God (Romans 3:25) set Him forth a propitiation and a first fruits of the whole creation, is made many things, or perhaps all these things; the whole creation, so far as capable of redemption, stands in need of Him."

1 comment:

Matt13weedhacker said...

I think this is the passage in Greek:

1.17.104 Πρὸς τούτοις ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ «καθ' οἷον» κατὰ τὸ εἶδος, οὕτως· εἴπερ εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου ὁ πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως, ἀρχὴ αὐτοῦ ὁ πατήρ ἐστιν. Ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ Χριστὸς ἀρχὴ τῶν κατ' εἰκόνα γενομένων θεοῦ. 1.17.105 Εἰ γὰρ οἱ ἄνθρωποι «κατ' εἰκόνα», ἡ εἰκὼν δὲ κατὰ τὸν πατέρα, τὸ μὲν «καθ' ὃ» τοῦ Χριστοῦ ὁ πατὴρ ἀρχή, τὸ δὲ «καθ' ὃ» τῶν ἀνθρώπων ὁ Χριστός, γενομένων οὐ κατὰ τὸ οὗ ἐστιν εἰκών, ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὴν εἰκόνα· ἁρμόσει δὲ τὸ «Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος» εἰς τὸ αὐτὸ παράδειγμα.