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No man knoweth… who the Father is, but the Son


[I Thess. 1:1–5; Luke 10:22–24] No man knoweth… who the Fa­ ther is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. The Son was on the earth and revealed every­ thing nec­es­sary for us Him­self and through the Holy Spir­it which act­ed in the apos­tles. Con­se­quent­ly, what you find in the Gospels and the ap­ ostolic writ­ings is all you will and can know about the Father and God­ly things. Do not seek more than this, and do not think to find apart from this any­where else the truth a­ bout God and God’s plans. What a great trea­sure we pos­sess!… Every­ thing has been said already. Do not rack your brains, just accept with faith what has been revealed. It has been revealed that God is one in es­ sence and tri­une in per­sons — the Father, Son and Holy Spir­it; accept this with faith and uphold it. It has been revealed that the thrice-hypo­ sta­t­i­cal God cre­at­ed all through the word, pre­serves all in His right hand, and is prov­i­den­tial toward every­thing; accept this with faith and uphold it. It has been revealed that we were in a blessed state and fell, and that for our restora­tion and redemp­tion the Son of God, the sec­ ond per­son of the Most Holy Trin­i­ty, was incar­nate, suf­fered, died on the cross, was res­ur­rect­ed and ascend­ ed into heav­en — accept this with faith and uphold it. It has been re­ vealed that one who desires to be saved must believe in the Lord, and accept­ing divine grace in the holy mys­ter­ies, live, with its help, accord­ ing to the Lord’s com­mand­ments, strug­gling with the pas­sions and lusts, by means of cor­re­spond­ing spir­i­tu­al endeav­ours — accept this with faith and do it. It has been re­ vealed that whoso­ev­er lives accord­ ing to God’s direc­tion enters after their death into bright dwelling places, the pre-begin­ning of eter­nal bliss; while whoso­ev­er does not live thus, upon death will pre-begin to expe­ri­ence the tor­ments of hell —accept this [rev­e­la­tion] with faith and thus give your­self understand­ ing, and inspire your­self for good and spir­i­tu­al endeav­ours. Thus ac­ cept all with faith and keep it faith­ ful­ly. There is no need to rack your brains over your own invent­ed things. Do not lis­ten to those who show off their intel­li­gence — they do not know where they are going.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse