The Meaning of the Monarchy of the Father

Originally posted 8/15/2009.

The person of the Father is the sole Godhead-source (πηγαία Θεότης) and cause (αἰτία), meaning that He alone does not derive His hypostatic existence from anyone else; He alone is ingenerate/unbegotten. The monarchy does not entail that the Father alone spirates the Holy Spirit, because the relation of active spiration is not relatively opposed to paternity or filiation; it is thus not a personal property of the Father, but common to the Father and the Son.
Greek: μοναρχία

The Holy Spirit’s relationship of origin to the sole ἀρχὴ-ἄναρχος (principle without principle) of the Holy Trinity, the Father.
Greek: εκπόρευσις

One Response to The Meaning of the Monarchy of the Father

  1. […] Jesus said, “The Father is greater than I” [Jn 14:28]. This has two meanings. It means that the Son is less than the Father in His humanity, as the brilliant (and my favorite) theologian St. Thomas Aquinas shows.{1} The great saint observes that the Son is subject to the Father by reason of His humbling kenosis, according to 1 Cor 15:28: “And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then the Son also Himself shall be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”{2} Additionally, the Son said His Father is greater than Him because the Son proceeds from the Father, and the Father does not proceed from the Son.{3} […]

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