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Walk in the spirit


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 res­ur­rec­tion. What is the se­cret of such a life? They mas­tered the char­ac­ter­is­tic 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 fu­ture life is de­void of all that is flesh­ly: 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 res­ur­rec­tion. Reach the point that all flesh­ly things with­in you die, and you will be res­ur­rect­ed be­fore the fu­ture res­ur­rec­tion. The apos­tle in­di­cates 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 at­tain what is a­wait­ed: he that soweth to the Spir­it, he says, shall of the Spir­it reap life ev­er­last­ing (Gal. 6:8).