Friday, July 26, 2013

All blessings are given to us through Christ

St. Clement of Rome, in his First Epistle to the Corinthians (Chapter XXXVI) explains the fact that all blessings are given to us through Christ, claiming:

“This is the way, beloved in which we find our Saviour, even Jesus Christ, the High Priest of all our offerings, the defender and helper of our infirmity. By Him we look up to the heights of heaven. By Him we behold, as in a glass, His immaculate and most excellent visage. By Him are the eyes of our hearts opened. By Him our foolish and darkened understanding blossoms up new towards His marvellous light. By Him the Lord was willed that we should taste of immortal knowledge, ‘who being the brightness of His majesty, is by so much greater than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they’. For it is thus written, ‘Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire’. But concerning His Son the Lord spoke this: ‘Thou art my Son, today have I begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the heather for Thine inheritance, and uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession’. And again He said to Him, ‘Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool’. But who are His enemies? All the wicked, and those who set themselves to oppose the will of God”.  

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