Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who subsist divinely, entirely in and according to the communion of the divine nature (Koivcovía Tris ^úctews).142 As such, in the Holy Trinity, the divinity and the energeia of the hypostases is absolutely common and 'undivided with regard to the number' of hypostases.143 Hence the unity of the nature is not disfigured by a fallen mode of existence and Father, Son and Holy Spirit constitute, in accordance with their nature, one God and not three gods.


I. Incorporation into Christ The Orthodox ontological articulation of the Christian understanding of human fulfilment as consisting in deification effected in Jesus Christ was expressed in terms of the eschatological unification of all things in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, as the Logos of God, was the one by whom and for whom all created being was created.144 All creation finds its fulfilment by eucharistic incorporation into his body, through which 'recapitulation' God becomes 'all in all'.145

II. The ontological fulfilment of created being in Christ For Orthodox Christianity, this account (logos) of the fulfilment of creation was to be strictly equated with true fulfilment of the meaning (logos) of created being in general and of the meaning (Aóyos) of every created being in particular. On the one hand, beings are created freely by the divine will,146 so that they are ontologically constituted precisely as expressions of this will.147 On the other hand, the will of God is itself meaningful (logikos), so that each expression of the divine will is the expression of a meaning (logos). Consequently, the true ontological meaning (logos) of each being - the meaning that is intrinsic to the being itself - is precisely the divine meaningful volition that constitutes each being.148 ('The definition of all nature is the logos of its essential energeia.')149 And as the fulfilment of the divine will for each and every created being is incorporation into Jesus Christ, it follows that such incorporation is the

142 Basil, Spir. Sanct. 18.47.

144 Colossians 1.15-17; Cf. Maximus, Amb. 7 (PG 91:1080B).

145 1 Cor. 15.28; Eph. 1.10, 23; Cf.Maximus the Confessor, Amb. 7 (PG 91: 1092C, 1096C, 1097A) and see also N. Loudovikos, H sv^apiaTiaK-q oVToÁoyía, 33-84.

148 Cf.Maximus the Confessor, Amb. 7 (PG 91: 1085A-B).

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