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The Lord’s Dwelling Place

[Acts 6:8–7:5, 47–60; John 4:46–54] Saint Stephan says: The most High dwelleth not in tem­ples made with hands… What house will ye build Me? saith the Lord or what is the place of My rest? (Acts 7:48–49). Only the tem­ple in the heart not made with hands can con­tain God, as the Lord said: If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Fa?ther will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him (John 14:23). How this is accom?plished is unfath­omable for us, but it is true because it is obvi­ous that then it is God which wor­keth in you both to will and to do of his good plea­sure (Phil. 2:13).[1] Do not rea?son, just give your heart away to the Lord, and He Him­self will estab­lish of it a church for Him­self — but give it unspar­ing­ly. If there are parts which are not giv­en, then from the heart a whole church can­not be es?tablished, for one thing will be de?cayed, anoth­er bro­ken — and what will come out, if any­thing comes out, is a church with holes or with?out a roof, or with­out doors. It is not pos­si­ble to live in such a church: the Lord will not be in it. It will only seem that it is a church, but in reali?ty will be a con­glom­er­ate mass.

[1]The Slavon­ic for Phil 2:13 reads: God wor­keth in us both desire and action, accord­ing to his good plea?sure

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse