Basil of Caesarea

But what is true and what makes a man great? “In this,” says the Prophet, “let him that glories, glory that he understands and knows that I am the Lord” [Jer. 9:24]. This constitutes the highest dignity of man, this is his glory and greatness: truly to know what is great and to cleave to it, and to seek after glory from the Lord of glory. The Apostle tells us: “He that glories may glory in the Lord,” saying: “Christ was made for us wisdom of God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption; that, as it is written: he that glories may glory in the Lord” [1 Cor. 1:30-31]. Now this is the perfect and consummate glory in God: not to exult in one’s own righteousness, but, recognizing oneself as lacking true righteousness, to be justified by faith in Christ alone.

-Basil of Caesarea

Quoted in Michael A. Haykin, Rediscovering The Church Fathers: Who They Were And How They Shaped The Church (Wheaton, Il: Crossway, 2011), 113.

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