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God's Will and Life

“The will of God is not a judicial imperative, it is an influx of life; it bestows existence and renews it when it goes astray. The will of God is, first of all, creation itself, the universe itself entirely borne up by the will-ideas, by the logoi, the sustaining words of the poet-God.” (Olivier Clement)

“God’s will is that all be saved, however, humans with free will can reject God’s love and salvation. God gives us free will and is willing to allow us to use it to choose our way to loving or rejecting our Creator and Savior… The will of God is life for us, both in this world and in the world to come. Just by being alive, we are already participating in God’s will. We can choose to conform our will to God’s which is life or to choose separation from God which is death.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)

“Spiritual death…fills the entire life with ‘dying,’ and, being separation from God, makes man’s life solitude and suffering, fear and illusion, enslavement to sin and enmity, meaninglessness, lust and emptiness. It is this spiritual death that makes man’s physical death truly death.” (Father Alexander Schmemann)

“…we can be physically alive but spiritually dead… spiritual death is like the condition of a dead body. It is unresponsive to the Spirit. It can neither hear the truth of God nor do His will. Spiritual death is therefore, spiritual paralysis. Those who are in this state of lifelessness are “dead in trespasses and the ‘uncircumcision’ of their hearts” (OSB Colossians 2:13). Their sins hold them fast to the ways of the devil. They are bound to the inevitable judgment of God. And their souls remain forever outside the circle of God’s favor. Those who are spiritually dead are alien to God and strangers to His grace. They may have physical life, but their destiny is only the judgment of God and exclusion from the joy and blessings of His Presence. But those who are buried with Christ in baptism are raised with Him. He makes them “alive together with Him” (Colossians 2:13). They were once dead in their sins. Now they are dead to their trespasses. Moreover, they are dead to the requirements of the Mosaic Law that were held against them (OSB Colossians 2:13-14).” (Fr. Basil)

“Every word or deed or thought which does not look to Christ looks completely to the adversary of Christ. For it is not possible for what is outside of light or life not to be completely in darkness or death. . . . The person outside of Christ rejects Him by what he thinks, does or says.” (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

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