Summary Of ' The Admirabile Commercium ( Marvelous Exchange )

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1. The admirabile commercium (marvelous exchange) describes the exchange between Jesus and humanity, and the rejoining of man to God through his sacrifice. Since the Old Testament, sin has caused the breakdown in the relationship between mankind and God. This breakdown allowed for the destruction of the original communion. In order to resolve this, God sends his only Son, Jesus, to take on the sins of mankind, redeem them, and help them reestablish their relationship with God. This exchange was seen by Saint Paul, and later expressed by Saint Irenaeus. Saint Paul stated, “He who was rich became poor for our sake so that we might become rich through his poverty” (Kereszty, pg. 212).
Saint Irenaeus further explained this by saying, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, of his boundless love, became what we are that he might make us what he himself is” (4.1 Study notes). The Fathers believed that because mankind shared the divine nature with God, this allowed mankind to be the perfect human beings. As Jesus bears all the people in himself by taking up their sins, this embodies the existential aspect of the marvelous exchange. This marvelous exchange ensued that Jesus, the “eternal” Son would endure the human experience in its entirety. According to Ambrose, it is through Jesus’s divine majesty and tender love that he “carries our sins and suffers the pain for us not for himself” (Kereszty, pg. 215). We share the divine nature with Jesus while mankind shares its…

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