The Gospel To Diognetus (c. 150 AD)

[God] himself took on him the burden of our iniquities, he gave his own Son as a ransom for us, the Holy One for transgressors, the blameless one for the wicked, the righteous one for the unrighteous, the incorruptible one for the corruptible, the immortal one for them that are mortal. For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than his righteousness? By what other one was it possible that we, the wicked and ungodly, could be justified, than by the only Son of God? O sweet exchange! O unsearchable operation! O benefits surpassing all expectation! — that the wickedness of many should be hid in a single Righteous One, and that the righteousness of one should justify many transgressors!’

Treatise to Diognetus, ch. 9 (HT: Jack Miller)

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  1. What a pity that something like “the infinite for the finite” or “the mighty for the limited in strength” was not included. For all the qualities listed in this extract could be attributed to a sinless created being.

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