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While the legend on the Melville family's coat of arms is indeed tantalizing, still, as seems ever the caution, the tone Melville discerned in "Denique Coelum" lies hidden beneath the monumental stone of his own ambiguities, which, like that balancing rock beneath which Pierre placed his head, teetered between corruption and incorruption, fetor and attar, potatoes and roses.
Sin reversed this intention: "Original sinne hath induced this corruption and incineration upon us; If wee had not sinned in Adam, mortality had not put on immortality, (as the Apostle speakes) nor corruption had not put on incorruption [sic], but we had had our transmigration from this to the other world, without any mortality, any corruption at all" (Sermons 10:236).
54) The final sticheron on the Lity links Mary to the lineage of David and boldly announces her contributions: "she is the restoration of Adam and the recalling of Eve, the fountain of incorruption and the release from corruption; through her we have been made godlike and delivered from death.
22) A final stage of human history will be that of eschatological judgment in which the Antichrist, who recapitulates in himself the history of sin will be thrown into the "lake of fire," (23) the wicked will be destroyed, and the just vindicated and "crowned with incorruption.
As exemplified by Irenaeus, the prophetic model encompasses themes that have been identified in previous classifications of patristic soteriological motifs, such as divine victory, (30) Christ as giver of incorruption and deification, (31) the enactment of eschatological judgment, (32) and Christ as exemplar of obedience.
Turner identifies four such themes: Christ as Illuminator, Victor, Giver of Incorruption and Deification, and Victim.
claims that Wis 2:23-24, "God created man for incorruptibility, and made him an image of its own proper being," sees incorruption or immortality as the point of resemblance between God and creatures and amounts to a denial of death.