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Belonging to Christ not of the world

[Acts 10:21–33; John 7:1–13] The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil (John 7:7). The Lord did not say this to His disciples; to His disciples He foretold later that the world would hate and persecute them also, be?cause He has taken them out of the world. So, note what the world hates, and you will learn of Christ’s lot. The world rebels most strongly against what is of Christ, what is closest to Him, and more like unto His spirit. This is an external indica?tor, but for those who live external?ly this is enough. The world does not act on its own, but is kindled in its works by its prince — satan, the works of whom the Lord destroyed, and continues to destroy in believ?ers and with believers. He cannot do anything to the Lord directly; this is why he directs his anger up?on those who believe in Him, so that in frustrating them he will frustrate the Lord. He does not act directly in this, but through his agencies, which make up the world. This does not mean that he is strong; do not fear him, but rather be bold, for the Lord overcame the world and the prince thereof. Satan is not in a con?dition to do anything to one who does not yield on his own.

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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