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Bulgakov. Absolute Subject Category: Theosis Bulgakov. Divine Sophia

Sophia. Incarnation of God
In the works of Fr. Sergei Bulgakov

Life in Christ is also a life in the Holy Trinity

Christ's life is inseparable from that of the Holy Trinity.

The body of Christ lives in Christ, and by that very fact in the Holy Trinity.

… Christ is not only a Divine Person. Since His own life is inseparable from that of the Holy Trinity, His life is consubstantial with that of the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thus it is that, although a life in Christ, the Church is also a life in the Holy Trinity. The body of Christ lives in Christ, and by that very fact in the Holy Trinity.

Fr. Sergeĭ Bulgakov
The Orthodox Church
The Church

Identity of Divine Sophia and Filial Sophia

The «Nature» of the Godhead is the Divine Sophia, the unity of life and self-revelation of the the three hypostases.

One and the same Divine Sophia belongs to the Holy Trinity in “heaven” and she is also the Deity of the Son in the God-man on “earth”.

The “Nature” of the Godhead is the Divine Sophia, the unity of life and self-revelation of the the three hypostases. The Holy triunity of the Holy Trinity is not divided in the Divine Sophia. The “Nature” of the Divine and in the incarnation belongs to the entire Holy Trinity in Her heavenly, pre-worldly being and in Her hypostatic unity, the unity in the trinity and the trinity in the unity. At the incarnation of the Divinity of the Second Hypostasis there is no separation or estrangement from the whole unity of the Divine Sophia. Here is the mystery of the Incarnation and its antinomy: the identity of Trinity and Filial Sophia. One and the same Divine Sophia belongs to the Holy Trinity in “heaven” and she is also the Deity of the Son in the God-man on “earth”. The antinomy is revealed further. In the “heavens” “Divine Sophia” there is the real glory of God, with which the Holy Trinity shines, as well as Her own Wisdom. It is the fullness of Divine life, which is equally inherent both in the Divine Triunity in the Holy Trinity and in each of the hypostases, in particular, the hypostasis of the Logos, the Son of God. It is in this sense “the true God from the true God”. In heaven, this fullness does not tolerate belittling of glory, humiliation of the Divine. And, however, antinomically, it is humiliated in the kenosis of the Son of God, “descended from heaven”, in itself a belittling of Christ. The nature of Christ, in the union of two natures, in the descent from heaven and incarnation, endures the self-belittling of the Divinity, which is exactly what this union is. The “nature” of the Divine is the Divine Sophia, the unity of life and self-revelation of the three hypostases. In the Divine Sophia, God's triunity in the Holy Trinity is not divided.

Fr. Sergeĭ Bulgakov
Софиология смерти

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