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DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN DESPAIR

from the Moral Speeches, * Excerpts from speech 3. Translated by Elpenor  * Greek Fonts


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First of all, believe with all your soul that whatever we said according to the divine and god-inspired Scriptures, are all true, and that whoever believes in the Son of God has to become this, because He granted us power to become sons of God, and if we want it, nothing can stop us. (...) For it is certain, that if you won’t believe in these, that they happen indeed this way, you won’t ask for them to happen at all, and if you won’t ask you won’t receive. Because He says, "Seek, and ye shall find, ask, and it shall be given you" (Matt. 7.7). If you believe, follow the divine Scriptures and do what they say and you will find everything without exception as it is written - rather, you will find much more than what is in the godly Scriptures. And what are these? ‘What eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man’, the gifts ‘which God hath prepared for them that love him’ (1 Cor. 2.9). These gifts, if you believe with certainty, as we said, you will see, without any doubt at all, just as Paul, so you too - and not only this, but you will also hear ineffable words, since, as you understood, you will be seized to Paradise, even now. Which Paradise? Where the thief entered together with the Christ, and there now remains.

Πίστευσον οὖν ἐν πρώτοις ἐξ ὅλης ψυχῆς ὅτι οὕτως ταῦτα πάντα εἴπομεν κατ τς θείας κα θεοπνεύστους Γραφς ἀληθῆ εἰσι κα οὕτως ὀφείλει γενέσθαι πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς τν Υἱν τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐπειδ ἔδωκεν ἡμῖν ἐξουσίαν υἱος γενέσθαι Θεοῦ, καν θελήσωμεν, τ κωλύον οὐδέν. (...) Κα γάρ, εἰ μ πιστεύσεις ταῦτα οὕτως ἀληθῶς γίνεσθαι, πάντως οὐδ ζητήσεις· εἰ δ μ ζητήσεις, οὐδ λήψῃ· “Ζητεῖτε γάρ, φησί, κα λήψεσθε· αἰτεῖτε κα δοθήσεται ὑμῖν” (Ματθ. 7.7). Πιστεύων δέ, ἀκολούθει ταῖς θείαις Γραφαῖς κα ὅσα σοι λέγουσι ποίησον, κα εὑρήσεις πάντα ἀνελλιπῶς καθς γέγραπται, μᾶλλον δ κα πολλῷ πλείονα τῶν ἐν ταῖς θείαις Γραφαῖς. Ποῖα δ ταῦτα; “ ὀφθαλμς οὐκ εἶδε κα οὖς οὐκ ἤκουσε κα ἐπ καρδίαν ἀνθρώπου οὐκ ἀνέβη” τ ἀγαθ ἡτοίμασεν ὁ Θες τοῖς ἀγαπῶσιν αὐτόν.“ (Α' Κορ. 2.9). Ταῦτα, εἰ πιστεύσεις βεβαίως, ὡς εἴρηται, θεάσῃ ἀναμφιβόλως ὡς ὁ Παῦλος κα σύ· οὐ μόνον δέ, ἀλλ κα ἀκούσεις ἄρρητα ῥήματα, προαρπαγες δηλονότι εἰς τν παράδεισον. Ποῖον τοῦτον; Ὅπου ὁ ληστς μετ τοῦ Χριστοῦ συνεισῆλθε κα νῦν ἐκεῖ ἐστιν.

Cf. GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN : God with Gods is being united ||| GREGORY OF NYSSA : Everything that is free will be united with virtue ||| PETER DAMASCENE : What is true faith? ||| GREGORY PALAMAS : Calling everything near Him

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