Partakers of God
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. —Psalm 119:144
Apply yourself diligently to the reading of the sacred Scriptures. Pay close attention to them, I say. For we who read the things of God need to study them diligently, lest we say or think anything too rashly about them. While studying the things of God diligently…knock at their locked door. Then it will be opened for you by the doorkeeper. (Jesus says, “To him the doorkeeper opens.”) As you discipline yourself to study these things with an unwavering trust in God, seek the true meaning of the Scriptures, which so many have missed. But don’t be satisfied with knocking and seeking. For prayer is essential for knowing the things of God. The Savior not only said, “Knock, and it shall be opened to you; and seek, and ye shall find,” but also, “Ask, and it shall be given unto you.” My fatherly love to you has made me thus bold; but whether my boldness be good, God will know, and His Christ, and all partakers of the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. May you also partake, and always increase your inheritance, so that you can say not only, “We are become partakers of Christ,” but also partakers of God.
All Scripture references are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version. Excerpts from the early Church Fathers are in the public domain, but were organized and arranged for daily reading in Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers, © 1999 by Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, Massachusetts. (No longer in print). Used by permission and in accordance with sections 3.3, 3.4, and 3.5 of Hendrickson’s “Rights and Permissions”. All rights reserved.