Tuesday, September 13, 2016

St. John Chrysostom: the nature of resurrection

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    Feast of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407
    It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
    —1 Corinthians 15:44 (ESV)
    Not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up in life. These are words by which the slanderers of the nature of the body, the impeachers of our flesh, are completely overthrown... We do not wish to cast aside the body, but corruption: not the flesh, but death. The body is one thing, corruption another; the body is one thing, death another... What is foreign to us is not the body but corruptibility.
    ... St. John Chrysostom (345?-407), from On the Resurrection of the Dead, quoted in The New Christian Year, Charles Williams, London: Oxford University Press, 1958, p. 108 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:44; 15:54; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; Eph. 4:22-24; 1 John 3:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I rejoice in the life You have given me.
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