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“God and His Word are one. To trust in God is to trust in what He has spoken. Faith is based on God's word. Christ dwells in the heart of the believer to the extent His word indwells in him. The apostle Paul exhorts the believer to seek God's word as the possession of the heart. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3: 16). Christ abides in us when His word indwells the heart, because the word releases the presence of Christ. The spoken word is the extension of the incarnate Word (Logos).” (Father Eusebius Stephanou)

“Christ is the Word of God, the Logos, the ordering principle of the universe, of being. The Bible is also God’s word in that it is a verbal icon of the Word Himself. When we read the Bible, prayerfully, we are not just reading words. What we are doing, or should be doing, is understanding that the experience of digesting the words of the Bible, is to encounter the Word Himself. In doing so, we bring the Word into us and He, the ordering principle, orders our internal self. The more we do this and bring order within through Him, the more we acquire the mind of Christ. Christ wants this, He wants to possess our mind and heart but not in a controlling way, but rather in a loving way so we can realize our true selves. This is how people of faith become like Christ and continue to bring Christ into the world. Out of love for us Christ chooses to be present through us.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“The Logos became man, so that man might become Logos. Being rich, He became poor for our sakes, so that through His poverty we might become rich (cf. 2 Cor. 8:9). In His great love for man He became like us, so that through every virtue we might become like Him.” (St. Mark the Ascetic)

“In such a [divinized] person the apostolic word is fulfilled which says: In Him we live and move and have our being [Acts 17:28], for he comes to be "in" God through attentiveness, since he has not falsified the logos of being that pre-exists in God; and he "moves" in God, in accordance with the logos of well-being that pre-exists in God, since he is moved to action by the virtues; and he "lives" in God in accordance with the logos of eternal being that also pre-exists in God.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

“Wisdom has a special character and meaning in the Bible. It is not simply factual knowledge. It is insight into the very nature “of things. It is the knowledge of the Logos or inner principle of reality, whereby we know the significance of things and their relationship to everything else. Through wisdom, we know their proper use, and know it vitally, in life itself. We could say wisdom is a kind of practical application of knowledge.” (Father Thomas Hopko)

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