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Truth Himself

Gregory of Nyssa | October 22

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. —2 Peter 2:19


Gregory of Nyssa (undated icon)

The Divine Word doesn’t want us to be slaves of anything; our nature has been changed for the better. He has taken everything that was ours with the agreement that He will give what is His to us in return. Just as He took disease, death, condemnation, and sin, He also took our slavery. He doesn’t keep what He took, but purged our nature of such evil. Our defects are being swal­lowed up and done away with in His stainless nature. Therefore, there won’t be disease, con­demnation, sin, or death, in the life that we hope for. And slavery will also vanish. The Truth Himself testifies of this. He says to His disciples, “I call you no more servants, but friends.” …If “the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth,” and if Christ owns all the Father’s things, then let those who are reeling with alcohol become sober at last. Let them now, as never before, look up at the truth and see that He who owns all the Father’s things is Lord of all and isn’t a slave.

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