What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The New Wine

   He who comes to God, and desires to be in truth a partner in Christ's throne, ought to come with a view to this end, that he may be changed and altered from his former condition and conduct, and be made a good and new man, who brings nothing of the old man with him. If any man be in Christ, it says, he is a new creature, (2 Cor. 5:17). This was the very purpose of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, to change and alter and renew nature, and to create afresh this soul that was overturned by passions through the transgression, mingling it with His own Spirit, the Spirit of Godhead. New mind, and new soul, and new eyes, new ears, a new spiritual tongue, and in short new men altogether - this is what He came to make of those who believe Him, or let us say new bottles, anointing them with His own light of knowledge, that He might change their wine into new wine, which is His Spirit; for new wine, He says, must be put into new bottles, (Matt. 9:17).
                                                      St. Macarius the Great
                                                      "Spiritual Homilies" (Homily XLIV)