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The Transformation

Lactantius | January 11

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. —Colossians 3:10

"The power divine wisdom is so great that, when infused into one's heart, it expels foolishness by one impulse — once and for all."

The power of divine wisdom is so great that, when infused into one’s heart, it expels foolish­ness (the mother of all fault) by one impulse— once and for all. This wisdom doesn’t need pay­ment, books, or nightly studies to come about. But the results are accomplished freely, easily, and quickly, if only ears are open and the heart thirsts for wisdom. Don’t be afraid: we don’t sell water or offer the sun as a reward. The fountain of God, most abundant and full, is open to every­one. This heavenly light rises for everyone who has eyes. Did the philosophers bring about these things, or can they accomplish these results if they want? For although they spend their lives studying philosophy, they can neither improve any person nor improve themselves…. Their wisdom at its best doesn’t eradicate, but actually hides faults. However, a few of God’s principles will change people so completely and make them new by having them put off their old selves so that you wouldn’t recognize them as the same.


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