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Hearts of Stone

Origen | April 7

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. —John 8:31

“The Word of God promises to take away the stony heart of those who draw near to Him.”

Consider the ignorant person who is feeling his disgrace. Either driven by someone’s encourage­ment or moved by a desire to imitate other wise men, he hands himself over to someone he is sure will carefully train and competently instruct him. Then if he who had hardened himself in igno­rance should faithfully surrender himself to a master and promise to obey him in everything, the master, seeing his determination, would promise to take away all ignorance and to fill his mind with knowledge. The master will not attempt this if the student refuses or resists his efforts, but only if he sacrifices and binds himself to complete obedience. In the same way, the Word of God promises to take away the stony heart of those who draw near to Him. God will not do this for those who don’t listen to His word, but only for those who receive His commands.

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