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Monday, September 17, 2018

    “…and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all. And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” (Eph 1: 22 – 2: 2)

     Is St. Paul alleging that we, members of “the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all,” no longer “sin” or “trespass,” – hence we are “alive”? No, the Apostle knows that we are still works-in-progress, who still “sin” and “trespass” on occasion, falling short of the “fulness” of our calling. But St. Paul is, indeed, assertin...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

See to it that no one makes a prey of you through philosophy (διὰ τῆς φιλοσοφίας) and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fulness of life in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ; and you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Col 2: 8-12)

The “philo-sophy” or “love of wisdom” talked about here is the human kind of “wisdom” that was not “according to Christ.” He, the God-Man, brought us Wisdom in...

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