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Maximos the Confessor: “He nails their impassioned energies to the cross”

14 May 2019

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“…since the Corinthians were weak, while with them St. Paul rightly ‘decided to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified’ (I Cor. 2:2). But since the Ephesians were perfect, he wrote to them that God ‘has raised us up in union with Christ Jesus and enthroned us with Him in the heavenly realm’ (Eph. 2:6), thus affirming that the Logos of God adapts Himself according to each person’s strength. In this way, He is crucified for those taking their first steps… and He nails their impassioned energies to the cross with divine fear. He rises again and ascends into heaven for those who have put off the whole of their fallen selfhood, corrupted by the desires of deceitfulness (cf. Eph. 4:22); who have been entirely renewed through the Holy Spirit as man created in the image of God (cf. Eph. 4:24); and who draw near to the Father through His grace, which is in them, and so are raised ‘far above every principality, power, might and dominion, and above every name that is named not only in this age but also in the age to come’ (Eph. 1:21). For all things, all names and dignities sequent to God, are likewise inferior to him who through grace dwells in God.”

St. Maximos the Confessor

 

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