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So Great a Salvation - 2nd Sunday of Great Lent


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Now available at patristic nectar,Doorg phetristic, nectar, pellications ispleased to present a new five lecture series entitled Contemporary Women.Saints Saint John of Syni in his ladder ofdivine assent, rites that the lives of the saints arouse us to emulation oftheir courage and lead us to the virtue of humility and compunction. Contemporary Saints are particularlyimportant since they acquired their love for God and holiness in the midstof our current Millyu, and demonstrate that spiritual acquisition is possibleeven in our own troubled times. The five lectures are as follows: Lecture Number One: The life of SaintZenia of Saint Petersburg; lecture number: Two: The life of SaintElizabeth, the New Marter lecture number; three, the life of Saint Mariaof Paris; Lecture Number; Four: The life of Saint Matrona of Moscow; Lecture Number; Five; the lives ofmother, Maria of Olinettes, Scemennun Macaria; the beloved, suffer andMatusheka Olka of Alaska. For these and other available titles,Wueeze visit our website at patristic, nectur, Godorg and now the Orena with Father JesiahTrenna in the name of the father and the son of the Holy Spirit. What awonderful day! This is the second Sunday of Great Land This Day in which we celebrate if Ronmthe language of the epistoe lesson so great a salvation. You no doubt werevery happy last week with the Sunday of Orthodoxy who doesn't Love The Sundayof Orthodoxy when we uphold so beautifully the the glory of the faiththat saves us. We confess in a Sunday of Orthodoxy that salvation comes by faith and the truefaith, not a made up faith, not a heretical faith. Truth is Christ. He said it himself. I am the Truth andTruth Saves Heresy Saves no one. Falsehood and error saves no one, andwe proclaim that the first chance we have in great lent on the first Sundayof lent today the Feast of Saing Gregry, PARLA masstoday the church answers the question. Whatexactly is this salvation that you get by the faith? If you have faith in God and you putyour faith in Chrises, then you're save. What does that mean? What does it meanto be saved in is a fantaff the...

...question and it's answered today. First, the incredible episteesson, the epistle to the Hebrews, where Saint Paul is developing thismagnificent teaching about how supremely glorious Jesusis he's abovethe prophets, he's above the angels and Het, goes on and on to show that Christtis supreme in the text that you heard this morning. He explains that look. He talks aboutthe subject we're addressing salvation. He says if the salvation that was given to thepeople of got in the Old Testament, when God spoke from the Mountain Sinaiand gave them the old covenant, the Sacred Ten Commandments, if thatsalvation, if that grace, if that gift was so serious that every infraction hesays was had its own punishment, how he says shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation that has beengiven to us in Christ? Jesus is what, and what he's accomplished is so muchgreater than Moses and the salvation that was given to the church on the topof Sidni. Although there were hints of what Jesus was going to bring to passthe most obvious hint on the top of Sini was what happened to Moses's face when his face began. To radiate theglory of God from being in a face to face communion with God. This was a hint of the salvation thatwas going to be offered to the whole world. But what was given on sin? I wasthe law, a great gift from God to reveal hiswill, but a gift that in fact didn't save us. It guided us to the right way,but it didn't empower us to accomplish it when you think of the law, you think of moral instructions, and you should, in the Gospel today the definition of salvation whichcertainly begins with the law. Remember the rich young man who came toJesus and said what should I do to be saved and Jesus looked at the man andsaid you know the ten commandments follow those that's where it starts. That's whereall our catachumans are right now. The whole purpose of catechism is to begin the process of purification, toput yourself to move yourself onto the path of the commandments of God, whichis a light for your feet. That guides you right to God himself. That's where it starts, but salvationis old. So much more than that brothers and sisters- and today you see in theGospel text just that salvation involves the redention of the human person fromdeath and from sickness that poor man,...

...the paralytic paralyzed and hisbrothers, his friends loved him so much that his wthisweakness, his sickness was theres. That's true friendship! We could give a hummily just onfriendship from this Gospel. It's so magnificent, four friends who were so worried about theircompatriot and his lack of health hit the trial of his paralysis that theyset aside everything in their life and they made getting him healed theirpriority and they took him and they put him on their shoulders on a mat andthey tried to get him to Jesus. But Jesus was surrounded by so many people.They couldn't make it they had no access to him. So what did they do they climbed up onto the house where he was preachingand they literally dug through the roof and lowered their front down? That musthave been a sight to see. How do you do that? How do you do that? They lowered him down and Jesus lookedat them and honoring the faith of the friendshealed, the man but be shocked and how he did it. The whole concern of the Pericape inthe Gospel is the man's physical healing and certainly part of thesalvation that Jesus brings, as is obvious from the text, is physicalhealing part of being safe means being delivered from sickness having those things which torment USphysically healed. We all want this. We all need this. We all hate to be physically, tormentedand there's no escaping it. The older we get the more tormentedwe've become so were, of course, extremely thrilled.That Jesus is a healer of the body, and the body is very important. You know somany vogus concepts of salvation simply discard the body simply say all the wayto be saved. As you just have to flee the body you just have to die, thenyou're going to be saved. That's how even a lot of Christians talk aboutdeath, which is why we trample on funerals today. It's why many funeralsare done without the body even there. It says, though, finally, we've beenable to unshackle ourselves from this prison house so that we don't have to have any ofthe trouble that it causes us just so you know there is not one ounce ofChristianity and tha mentality, like literally not an ounce that is purenosticism. The idea that somehow the real part of you that connects to Godis your soul, and that's really you NYOUR body ofJeft. You know what the soul uses and when he's done using it boot justthrows it away, has nothing to do with Christianity atall, you, dear ones, ar psychosomatic...

...realities, Siki, you have a soul and aSoma a body and that's what a human being is. That's what you are, which iswhy, when we come to funerals, we come to funerals to see our loved ones whoare dead when we kiss them we're not kissing a Corp. How grievis to talk like tat, I'm testy in saying it because O my lastfuneral, I heard someone in the line say it. Why are we kissing a corps? I'mlike? No! No, that's charliey! That's George! That's Anna! It's not all of Charlie Georgea Anna.It may not even be the best part we'll give that to you of Charlie George andAnna, and it may not be the part that Charlie George or Annis psyche orpersonality or consciousness is connected to after death, but that isthem and that will be raised, healed and saved in the future. BICAF, that's whatsalvation is and Jesus demonstrates it today he didn't disdain the man'sparolysis. He healed it every aspect of death in US he willheal. This is part of being saved, but look how much farther Jesus goes.He points out in describing this so great salvation in manifesting it byhis miracles. He points out that his greatest concern, his greatestgift to this man was not the restoration of his bodily health. They fought his friends thought thatthat was the greatest concern, which is why they asked for it and then Jesuslooked at the man and he gave him what he really needed, an aspect ofsalvation even more desperately needed ndimportant, and he looked at the manand he said son. Your sins are forgiven. You Sin Nobody's talking about sin except Jesus. None of the friends had any thoughtabout sin, but Jesus looked onto the interior ofthe man and he said this is the healing he needs more than anything else. Heneeds to be released from his sins and so Jesus forgave them on the spot. Muchto the scandal of the Pharisees who didn't believe he was the son of Godand therefore didn't have authority or power to forgive Jesus constantlyscandalized them, because everywhere he went he not only directly forgave sinse.He didn't pray for the forgiveness of sins. He didn't say I'll, ask my fatherto forgive you. He said your sins are forgiven, as though Jesus himself wasthe one sinned against, because only the one sent against has the authorityto release in and in fact he is the one sinned against. He is the son of God. Every sin thatevery human has ever committed is against God, the father and his son andthe Holy Spirit, the one true God.

So this is a this is a further expansein Jesus is teaching a further expense of how great salvation is to use thelanguage of the epistle. How great is it it incorporates? Yes, the renovationof your moral life, putting you on the path towards God forsure this is Moses. It certainly brings the healing of your body and everythingthat afflicts you. That is the result of death, but it also involves the renovation ofthe interior man. It cures are interior problems. Thefact that our will is bent that our soul is darkened that our mind isconfused. Those are the most important things. Infact, those things lead to the death of the body and the salvation that Jesusoffers US involves interior renovation, which you can see from the Gospel, andI want to end by moving to the third commemoration, not just the Epistle andthe Gospel, but the commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas, because SaintGregry Pautlamas, perhaps more than any other saint in the history of thechurch, speaks about how great the salvationthat God offers us really is. Saint Gregory Palamoss was only addedto this Sunday's commemoration recently and what what we Orthodox mean byResont is we mean bik five hundred years very recently, very recently. Of course,he lived in the fourteenth century. He was this magnificent archbishop ofPeselanica, incredible theologian and Athenite, a practitioner of unceasingprayer and a great defender of Orthodoxy, he's commemorated on this day, not just because he has articulated thenature of salvation so beautifully, but because he has, he continues thecelebration of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, because few fathers, more than SaintGregory Paulymoss, fought heresy. He particularly fought the Latins. The romancatholics at the time of hislife in the fourteenth century, were attacking our very way of life. Theywere mocking us. They were saying that seeing the uncreated light is nonsense. They were attacking our monks andsaying that the practice of your hesacastic prayer is nonsense. Sit Gregory came to the defense of theChurch's life and he wrote nine small tracks, threethree small books with three of small books in each of them. Therefore,they're often published today and they're called the tryads, and in thesetriads, these small treatises were all defenses of what salvation is in ourlife. What can actually will actually... accomplished by the grace of God inour lives and was being experienced by snt Gregory and by all Christians whoare serious about connecting themselves to God and cultivating prayer Sait Gregory, perhaps more than anyoneelse wrote about how great a salvation Christ has accomplished for us now youbethinking, maybe thinking what how much more is their father, the healingof my body of all sickness ant disease forgiveness of sins. I mean that soundspretty great interior renovation. What could you possibly mean whetl? I justhappened to have right here, piece of paper where I brote some notes answering that question that I thinkmay be in your mind at this very moment, Goin to read: thes quickly, I'l, twenty five of them redemption from slavery, justificationbefore God, forgiveness of sins healing of solen body- that we got from thereadings today. Then me had twenty one more deliverancefrom death, freedom and final stabilization of our free will so thatin the future we never misuse it unending and eternally increasing peaceand joy, permanent confirmation andrighteousness reconciliation with God, reconciliationwith every human being. That's ever been made and reconciliation with allcreation, adoption into the family of God, as sons and daughters, the acquisitionof an immeasurable and eternal inheritance, the acquisition of and completepermeation by the Holy Spirit, the elimination of fear, all threat andevery vulnerability in life. Can you imagine the inerradicable, holiness unending development, in our conformity to God unending constant progress in conformity to Godwho has no end and therefore our conformity to him will have no end partaking of the divine nature sharingin the glory of Christ. Doyou. Remember the prayer that Jesusprayed and John Seventeen, his most famous prayer, were. He asked the Lordto glorify us with him with the glory that he hadbefore the father before he came from the father. His Eternal glory he'sgoing to share it with US ultimate oneness of God, with Godfather. I pray that they might be one with me, as I am one with you. Heprayed we're going to share in that...

...intimate oneness, perpetual growth in the knowledge ofthe Lord God purification, illumination and finaltheocis, transfiguration deification face to face communion with God,forever friendship with God, which never endsall summarize in the words of eternal life. Yes, dear ones, that is salvation. So when someone asks to are you saved? The best answer is I trust, I'm being saved the best answer? A lot of those thingshave taken place already in your life. A lot of them are just beginning now,they're, like little saplings growing in your life. A lot remains in the future. Let me tell you brothers and sisters:This is Christianity. This is the so great of salvation that we shouldn'tneglect and that's the point of the epistle. If what Moses was offering wasso good and so serious that to neglect hit men for every neglect, there was aparticular punishment. How shall we escape pause as if we neglect so greata salvation that Jesus has accomplished? Can you imagine being offered all ofthose things by God, Jesus having accomplished them all for us? If wedon't care what God thinks about that? If we don'tcare, if we want to just use God for some better earthly life like so many preachers are proclaimingin our culture, Christianity and Jesus is not some selfhelp program so thatyou can become a better you and manageeur money better. Who cares about that stuff it'nothing? This is the purpose that Christ came toredeem us, for this is your future. I got a interesting email this week. I get a lot of emails because of my internetwork, but thankfully I onlyhave to see some of them. They'll come to Martha, Martha Weeds am out for me the ones like she thinks I should see, and this one was very interesting. Thiswonderful man, I'll call him Steve, he's Steve, but I won't say his lastname and he says Dear Father, God bless you. You can tell you's a Protestant rightthere by the way, but a very god, loving one, all right,very beautiful heart to give me his blessing. But Anyway, I think it's the other wayround anyway. This's the way ro e goes. One of my sons recently recommended meto listen to Jordan, Peterson and through him. Strangely enough, Istarted listening to you and I've been very blessed. I have so many questionson orthodoxy. What intrigues me most is the doctrineof theosis, as I have always thought...

...that there has to be more, there has to be more there is therehave to be more, he says those words in the Scripturespartakers of the divine nature, those words it is no longer I that live, butChrist that lives in me. Those words Christ in me, the hope of glory et CEEAetcea. I'm convinced that sanctification is more than moralprogress. An Orthodoxy is teaching that there'san actual transformation of my entire being through a real participation inthe death and resurrection of Jesus. I see that what I used to think is nolonger the teaching of the Bible. Could you please recommend a book for me more than a book, my friend andexperience, an experience. This is our life therones. This is this is what God's calling us to thisis the so great a salvation. That's offered US perpetual and Eternal glory, the veryglory of God to live in his life. This is where we're going. This is whyI don't want you to doubt it, and I don't want you to neglect it. Let pursue it Omman. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar,Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nervishing, thespiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at the www dot. patristic nectar,dotorg. Again, that's W ww, dot, patristic nectar, dodon.

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