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Rejecting the Lord

[Col. 4:10–18; Luke 10:1–15] Will there be such indul­gence in the oth­er world toward those who do not accept the Lord as He showed toward those liv­ing on the earth? No, there will not be. Send­ing “the sev­en­ty” to preach, the Lord com­ mand­ed them, that they when they are not received, they should say on the cross­roads: Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwith­ stand­ing, be ye sure of this, that the King­dom of God is come nigh unto you. That is, we do not need any­ thing of yours — not with self-inter­ est do we walk and preach, but for the procla­ma­tion unto you of peace and the King­dom of God. If you do not want to receive this good — as you like; we will go on. Thus it was com­mand­ed for the present time; but how will it be in the future? It shall be more tol­er­a­ble in that day for Sodom, than for that city. There­ fore, it is use­less for unbe­liev­ers to hope for the Lord’s indul­gence. While on the earth they only do as they like; but as soon as death comes, the entire storm of God’s wrath will come down on them. It is great unhap­pi­ness to be as the un­ believ­ers! They do not even have joy on the earth, because with­out God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Sav­iour and Redeemer, even here all is dis­mal and drea­ry; what will be there is impos­si­ble to describe in words or to imag­ine. It would be more tol­er­a­ble to be destroyed, but even that will not be giv­en to them.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse