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Christians have the goal to strive for

November 15, 2009

I came across this blessing from 1600 years ago,  penned by Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome.  It is a nativity sermon,  looking ahead to the season for being thankful and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Lord, and King.

excerpt follows…”

III. Christians then must live worthily of Christ their Head

Let us then, dearly beloved, give thanks to God the Father, through His Son, in the Holy Spirit , Who “for His great mercy, wherewith He has loved us,” has had pity on us: and “when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together in Christ Ephesians 2:4-5,” that we might be in Him a new creation and a new production. Let us put off then the old man with his deeds: and having obtained a share in the birth of Christ let us renounce the works of the flesh. Christian, acknowledge your dignity, and becoming a partner in the Divine nature, refuse to return to the old baseness by degenerate conduct. Remember the Head and the Body of which you are a member. Recollect that you were rescued from the power of darkness and brought out into God’s light and kingdom. By the mystery of Baptism you were made the temple of the Holy Ghost: do not put such a denizen to flight from you by base acts, and subject yourself once more to the devil’s thraldom: because your purchase money is the blood of Christ, because He shall judge you in truth Who ransomed you in mercy, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

Eph 2:2 NASB – in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Eph 2:3 NASB – Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

Eph 2:4 NASB – But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

Eph 2:5 NASB – even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Jesus saved and continues to save us,  we need to live that way.

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