Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nicholas of Cusa: What is eternal life?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    Commemoration of Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
    But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    —Rom. 6:22-23 (ESV)
    [Eternal life is] naught else than that blessed regard wherewith Thou never ceasest to behold me, yea, even the secret places of my soul. With Thee, to behold is to give life: It is unceasingly to impart sweetest love of Thee; ’tis to inflame me to love of Thee by love’s imparting, and to feed me by inflaming, and by feeding to kindle my yearning, and by kindling to make me drink of the dew of gladness, and by drinking to infuse in me a fountain of life, and by infusing to make it increase and endure.
    ... Nicolas of Cusa (1401-1464), The Vision of God [1453], tr., Emma Gurney Salter, London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1928, p. 17 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 6:22-23; Isa. 35:1-2; Matt. 13:43; Rev. 7:17; Rom. 2:7; 1 John 2:24-25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have given me life that cannot end.
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