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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