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The Word comes as light

"The Word Comes As Light. Origen: God, then, is utterly one and uncompounded, but our Savior, when God sent him forth to be a propitiation and the firstfruits of all creation, became many because of the many; or rather perhaps, he became all things, inasmuch as all creation has need of him; all creation, namely, which is capable of receiving freedom. And therefore he becomes the light of humankind, when people who had been plunged in darkness by wickedness need "the light that shines in the darkness and is not overcome by the darkness" (JN 1:5). He could not have become the light of humankind if people had not been in darkness. Similarly we must suppose in regard to his being the "first begotten of the dead" (Rev. 1:5). For if we suppose that the woman had not deceived and Adam had not fallen, but man who was "created for incorruption" (Wis. 2:23) had kept hold of incorruption, the Savior would not have gone down "to the dust of death," nor would he have died, had there been no sin, nor would he have had to die because of his love of humankind. . . . If humankind had not sinned, we may suppose that he would have remained Wisdom and Word and Life, and certainly Truth. But he would not have all the other attributes that he took on himself for our sake. Commentary On The Gospel Of John 1:20." pg. 52 "We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ" Volume 2 [Ancient Christian Doctrine] Edited By John Anthony McGuckin
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