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“SUBJECTING THE SPIRIT OF THE FLESH TO DIVINE LAW, LET US LIVE PEACEFULLY”

The person looking towards power (Christ is power) “is strengthened with power unto the inner man”, as the Apostle says, and the person calling upon the wisdom which the Lord knows of old becomes wise… Indeed, the person synonymous with Christ, who is power and wisdom, having been empowered against sin, will also exhibit wisdom in himself by his wise choice. When wisdom and power are displayed in us, the one choosing what is fair, and the other confirming the choice, a perfection of life interwoven with both of these qualities is achieved.

RECOGNISING CHRIST AS PEACE

Recognising Christ as “peace”, we shall exhibit the true title of Christian in ourselves through the peace in our life. For the One “has slain enmity”, as the apostle says. Let us not, therefore, bring it to life in ourselves, but rather show through our life that it is dead.

LET ANGER AND BACKBITING STAY DEAD

Let us not raise up against ourselves through anger and backbiting what has been rightly deadened for our salvation by God. This would destroy our soul and bring about an evil resurrection of what is rightly dead. But, if we have Christ, who is peace, let us also deaden hatred in ourselves in order to achieve in our life what we believe is in him. For that One “has broken down the intervening wall of the enclosure”, and, out of the two elements in himself, has created “one new man”, and made peace.

LET US RECONCILE OUTSIDE AND WITHIN

Therefore, let us also reconcile, not only those fighting against us on the outside, but also the elements at variance within us, in order that no longer may the “flesh lust against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh”. Subjecting the spirit of the flesh to divine law, let us live peacefully, having been dissolved into the new and peaceful man and having become one from two.

HARMONY OF DISSONANT PARTS

For the definition of peace is the harmony of dissonant parts. Once the civil war in our nature is expelled, then, we also, being at peace within ourselves, become peace, and reveal our having taken on the name of Christ as true and authentic.
– St Gregory of Nyssa, 4th century

 
 

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