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Life According to the Resurrection


Fri­day. [Acts 3:1–8; John 2:12–22] There are cer­tain indi­vid­u­als whom the holy fathers praise for their Chris­t­ian lives, for they rose from the dead before the gen­er­al resur?rection. What is the secret of such a life? They mas­tered the characteris?tic fea­tures of a life accord­ing to the res­ur­rec­tion as they are shown in the word of God, and made them their own inner prop­er­ties. The fu?ture life is devoid of all that is flesh?ly: there men nei­ther mar­ry, nor are women giv­en in mar­riage, there they will not eat dead food, and they will receive a spir­i­tu­al body. Thus, who­ev­er lives estranged from all flesh­ly things receives in him­self, or returns to him­self, ele­ments of the future life accord­ing to the resur?rection. Reach the point that all flesh­ly things with­in you die, and you will be res­ur­rect­ed before the future res­ur­rec­tion. The apos­tle in?dicates the path to this when he says: Walk in the Spir­it, and ye shall not ful­fil the lust of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). And he attests that through this path it is sure­ly pos­si­ble to at?tain what is await­ed: he that soweth to the Spir­it, he says, shall of the Spir­it reap life ever­last­ing (Gal. 6:8).

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse