On the Mystery of Redemption

Vladimir Lossky 1903-1958

The immensity of this work of Christ, a work incomprehensible to the angels, as St. Paul tells us, cannot be enclosed in a single explanation nor in a single metaphor. The very idea of redemption assumes a plainly legal aspect: it is the atonement of the slave, the debt paid for those who remained in prison because they could not discharge it. Legal also is the theme of the mediator who reunited man to God through the cross. But these two Pauline images, stressed again by the Fathers, must not be allowed to harden, for this would be to build an indefensible relationship of rights between God and humanity. Rather must we relocate them among the almost infinite number of other images, each like a facet of an event ineffable in itself. (Lossky, “Christological Dogma”, in Orthodox Theology, Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1989, p. 111).


  1. Bless father ..,

    Glory to God in all Things ..,

    Thank-u for helping me thru this site and thru Grace to grow more in the Orthodox Journey .,,

    Love with all my heart in Panagia and Lord Jesus Christ ,..

    Maria Aegyp tica
    Greek Orthodox Churches
    The Virgin Mary Pantanassa
    Melrose Arch
    South Africa

  2. Sister Mary,

    You’re very welcome! However, we are not priests but just some laymen who love Orthodoxy. I pray that you receive all the blessings in store for you and may God grant peace to the Orthodox Church in Africa! Thank you for your comments.


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