Above: Ambrogio Borgognone da Fossano (1453-1523), Ordination of Augustine of Hippo. A friend recently recommended Archibald Boyd’s Episcopacy, Ordination, Lay Eldership, and Liturgy: F…
As Christians, we all profess belief in the resurrection of the body. Even though we all will meet death and will be laid in the grave, we all are confident that a day is coming when the trump of God shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise. We will rise from the grave.
But what exactly do we mean by the word “resurrection”? This is a question which should be carefully pondered by all Christians, because it is a question which points us to our future hope, our hope of wholeness and immortality in the blessed presence of Christ. Today, I hope to shed some light on the nature of our future resurrection. But to begin, I think it is very important for us to understand what the resurrection is not.
First of all, we need to understand that we will not be resurrected as mere spirits…
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The great Saints of the Orthodox Church believed that the Scriptures are very clear, and that much of what they say can be clearly understood simply by reading them. They frequently relied directly on the text of Scripture, and they believed that their audience had the ability to understand the clear teachings of Scripture.
Of course, that does not mean they embraced Sola Scriptura.
They did not rely on Scripture alone.
For the first few centuries, Christians did not have a full understanding of which books belonged in Scripture, and which books needed to be excluded. And the Scriptures they did have, they interpreted in accordance with the Faith they had received from the Apostles and their successors, the bishops. They did not follow Scripture alone.
Unfortunately, some people go too far the other way, almost suggesting that we should follow Scripture-hardly-at-all. They think most people have little hope of interpreting Scripture correctly, so they believe we should predominantly…
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