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The Good Shepherd Never Punishes the Lost Sheep

“All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, as He is pure.” Perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. Fear is slavery, whether it's the fear of physical death or, far more importantly, the fear of spiritual death. Fear has nothing to do with the One who Knows, the …

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Does Punishment Really Have Anything to Do With Justice?

Upon one occasion, Jesus told a parable in which there was a father who had two sons, and the younger of the sons approached his father to receive his share of the inheritance before his time, and he took it off in a far land, wasted it, and was living in utter misery, upon which …

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Christianity is the Resurrection

“Christ is risen from the dead, having trampled down death by death, and having upon those in the tombs life bestowed!” “This is the night on which Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld!” “This Jesus God has raised up again – to this we are all witnesses.” “Because I …

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Thinking like the Brides of God

There are so many things that considering that Christians as the brides of Jesus Christ, God the Son and true Man, spotless and worthy by His Blood, makes plain and clear. Such a thought so perfectly fits and describes so much of the glory of our faith and salvation. St. Paul writes that the woman …

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Ask Not About Assurance: Know the Son (Thoughts on 1st John)

“God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son... this is the testimony He has given us concerning His Son: whoever has the Son has eternal life. Whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. Little children, I am writing these things to you who believe in …

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Salvation: Atonement is Union

“You are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, provided you share in His sufferings so that you may also share in His glory.” “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God and they shall reign upon the earth.” “All things are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is …

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The Discipline of the Father and the Cross of Jesus

To be saved is to enter into union with the Crucified God. The discipline of the Father is not in first purpose chastisement for sin, but chastisement to bring us into the likeness of – into union with – His Crucified Son. Salvation is the marriage of the soul to Christ. Shall she not then …

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The Church: Participation in Heaven on Earth

I cannot stop thinking about what I can only term “The Liturgy of Heaven.” Revelation forms the greater part of the imagery, of this thought of mine, but other passages of the Bible and some of my experiences with Nature contribute. I see all the angels and saints arrayed around the Throne, in the midst …

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