The Orthodox Interpretation of Holy Scripture: St. Gregory Palamas and the Key to Understanding the Bible
“But in the vision of Christ Transfigured, Peter, James and John, first and foremost, behold Christ as God, consubstantial and equal in every respect with God the Father, Whose exact image He is (cf. Hebr. 1:3).
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18).
Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ teaches us that He is the image of the Father: “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9), and that “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). This has tremendous consequences for our understanding of the divine economy, and for our reading of Holy Scripture.
For example, we note the profound significance of the Apostolic greeting in Second Corinthians, which in earliest times marked the beginning of the Liturgy: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God [the Liturgy specifies, “God the Father”], and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be wit