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Redeeming the Time Vol. 02.169 12th Sun after Pentecost Aug 17/30, 1998
Redeeming the Time
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Dallas, TX
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
August 17/30, 1998
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
The Young Ruler
News and Announcements *
Youth Group News *
Gleanings from the Fathers *
The Fullness of Grace *
Good Works *
Of water and of the Spirit *
Two aims in baptism *
Two cleansings in baptism *
Fulfilling the commandments *
Renouncing all *
St Nicholas Upcoming Events and Plans
The Youth Group met last Sunday, and had a spirited discussion. It was so profitable that it was decided to delay the church council meeting, which would have met after the Youth Group, until this week. The secretary has published the minutes. Here are some highlights:
Everyone baptized in the orthodox manner has received mystically the fullness of grace; but he becomes conscious of this grace only to the extent that he actively observes the commandments.
St. Mark the Ascetic (No Righteousness by Works no. 92, The Philokalia Vol. 1 pg. 133):
We who have received baptism offer good works, not by way of repayment, but to preserve the purity given to us.
St. Mark the Ascetic (No Righteousness by Works no. 23, The Philokalia Vol. 1 pg. 127
When you will go down into the water, do not represent to yourself water alone, but await salvation from the operation of the Holy Spirit; because without the one and the other it is impossible for thee to attain perfection. It is not I who say this, but the Lord Jesus Christ, Who has authority over this. He says: "Except a man be born from above," and He adds to this: "of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:3, 5).
Saint Cyril of Alexandria.
Since two aims are assumed in baptism - to exterminate the sinful body, so that it would no longer bear the fruits of death, and to revive the spirit, in order to have fruit in holiness - the water depicts death, receiving the body as though into the grave, while the Spirit communicates life-creating power, raising our souls up from sinful deadness to the original life - which also means to be born from above by water and the Spirit.
Saint Basil the Great.
Since we consist of two natures, that is, of soul and body, of natures visible and invisible, so also the cleansing is two-fold, namely by water and the Spirit. And one is received visibly and bodily, while the other at the same time is performed invisibly and non-bodily; one is figurative, while the other is true and cleanses the very depths.
Saint Gregory the Theologian.
Some without fulfilling the commandments think that they possess true faith. Others fulfill the commandments and then expect the kingdom as a reward due to them. Both are mistaken.
St. Mark the Ascetic (No Righteousness by Works no. 18, The Philokalia Vol. 1 pg. 126)
When you hear the Lord saying that if someone does not renounce all that he has he 'is not worthy of Me' (Matt. 10:37), apply this not only to money but to all forms of vice.
St. Mark the Ascetic (On the Spiritual Law no. 109; The Philokalia Vol. 1, pg. 117)
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