A Summary of the Scriptures

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[I thought this was a useful concise summary narrative of the scriptures so I reblog it – RAS] “The Greatest Story Ever Told” by Mike Riccardi God’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14). This is expressed in His creation […]

On Salvation by Grace

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John Chrysostom (c. 347–407) Romans 11:5-6 NIV “So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. (6)  And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” “He again springs upon the disputatiousness of the Jews, in what has just been […]

Origen on Justification by Christ through Faith

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Origen of Alexandria (185-232) [Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans] “For at the end of the age, in the most recent times, God has manifested his righteousness and given Christ to be our redemption. He has made him our propitiator. If he had sent him as the propitiator at some earlier time, there would […]

Fr Thomas Hopko on God’s Wrath and Expiation of Sin

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2 Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Following are excerpts from a much […]

Omelettes, Eggs, and Predestination

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by Joseph Gleason [source] A great Chef once predestined a three-egg omelette to be set before the King. Early in the morning, before a single egg was cracked, he set out the cookware, the recipe, a dozen eggs, and the fresh spices. He made a solemn promise to the King . . . “No matter […]

Church Fathers on Eternal Security

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by Derek Ouellette The earliest Christians understood salvation differently than many today do. While the Church Father’s did not agree on everything, when they speak with one voice on any particular subject I think wisdom dictates that we should listen and give their voice a great deal of weight. Such is the subject of this post. […]

Symeon’s Understanding of Salvation

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Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022 AD) was a Byzantine Christian monk and poet and given the title of “Theologian” (along with John the Apostle and Gregory of Nazianzus). “Theologian” was not applied to Symeon in the modern academic sense of theological study, but to recognize someone who spoke from personal experience of the vision of […]

Good Friday

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Isaiah 53:1-12 NKJV  Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  (2)  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that […]

Faith, Truth and Temperance

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by Christopher Salamy “These three things God requires of all the baptized: right faith in the heart, truth on the tongue, temperance in the body.” — St. Gregory the Theologian We are all striving to be good people, to truly live as God’s children; but there are challenges that accompany our lives. How do I […]

A Homily by John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ

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The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human – having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had no beginning took on a beginning according to humanity; the One […]

On God Creating Mankind for Salvation

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by St. Gregory Palamas If all the ants in the world put together could never comprehend our most insignificant deed or thought, as we are superior to them in every respect, how are we able to understand the works and mind of God, Who is infinitely superior to us, or to make accurate conjectures about […]