Wisdom from the Old Guys; Augustine

Augustine-imageA dear friend of mine on his personal blog recently began citing short, pregnant quotes from church history’s key figures; men we often refer to as the old dead guys (you can visit Ross’ blog here).  These include Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Edwards, and many more.

I thought this would be helpful on occasion for our readers as well, so I’m starting with this quote from Augustine’s “Sermon 36” on Proverbs 13:7.  Enjoy.

“Observe his riches: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  This was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him (Jn 1:1-3).  What could be richer than he through whom all things were made?  A rich man can possess gold, but he can’t create it.  These riches of his having thus been declared, now observe his poverty: And the word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14).  It is by this poverty of his that we have been enriched, because by his blood which flowed from his flesh, the flesh the Word became in order to dwell among us, the sacking of our sins was torn up.  Through that blood we have cast off the rags of iniquity, in order to clothe ourselves in the robes of immortality.”     Augustine, 410AD