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CHAPTERS XLVI, XLVIIThat Christ was conceived by the Holy Ghost

THOUGH every divine activity, whereby anything is done in creatures, is common to the entire Trinity, nevertheless the formation of the body of Christ is appropriately attributed to the Holy Ghost: for in Scripture every grace is wont to be attributed to the Holy Ghost, since what is given gratuitously is reckoned to be bestowed out of the love of the giver;944944And the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of love. But especially every miraculous grace is put down in Holy Scripture as a special charisma of the Holy Ghost; and the conception of the Word is the greatest of miracles. and there is no greater grace bestowed on man than his coming to be united with God in union of person.945945Commonly called ‘the hypostatic union.’ Still the Holy Ghost cannot be called the father of Christ in His human generation; because the Holy Ghost did not produce the human nature of Christ out of His own substance, but merely by an exertion of His power.


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