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Resurrection, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, and Creation

“He who for our sake shared in God’s rest of the seventh day also for our sake participates in God’s deifying energy on the eighth day, that is, in the mystical resurrection, and leaves lying in the sepulcher his linen clothes and the napkin that was about his head. Those who perceive this, like Peter and John, are convinced that the Lord has risen.

“The Lord’s tomb stands equally either for this world or the heart of each faithful Christian. The linen clothes are the inner essences of sensible things together with their qualities of goodness. The napkin is the simple and homogeneous of intelligible realities, together with the vision of God, in so far as it is granted. Through these things the Logos is initially recognized. …

“Those who bury the Lord with honor will also see Him risen with glory.” ~The Philokalia

Day of Rest

There is much misunderstanding about what it means to rest of the seventh day. It doesn’t mean that on that day we should sit around and do nothing. That doesn’t mean that that is a day for frivolity and entertainment. It is the day when we are to put aside worldly jobs and tasks and do only the work of God. You could also say it is a day to concentrate on your spiritual side rather than either the physical or mental. This may not always be possible, but we should try. Some may also have to do worldly work on Sunday. They can devote another day to spiritual growth. We should also devote a few minutes every morning to our spiritual awakening techniques.

Seventh Day

The Seventh day is generally the day of “rest” discussed above. Most consider that day to be Sunday. Yet we also say that Sunday is the first day of the week, not the seventh. I think matters got confused because the Jews consider Saturday the Sabbath rather than Sunday. I think the Christian were correct in changing it to Sunday. The day of the Sun should be the day devoted to God. As such, it should also be the day of doing God’s work, even if it is the first day of the week. Continue reading “Resurrection, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, and Creation”

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Spirits in Heaven, Not Bodies

“Some ask whether one will be saved immediately, if the body is left behind. Let no one doubt. The visible parts of the body that are dead will not be saved. Only the living parts that exist inside will rise. What is the resurrection? It is the revelation of those who have risen. If you remember reading in the gospel that Elijah appeared and Moses with him, do not suppose that the resurrection is an illusion. It is no illusion. It is truth. It is more proper to say that the world is illusion, rather than the resurrection…
The living will die. How do they live in illusion?
The rich become poor and kings are overthrown.
All changes. The world is an illusion. …
The resurrection has nothing of this character. It is truth standing firm. It is … a transition into freshness.” ~The Treatise on Resurrection

soul2The short Treatise on Resurrection is a Gnostic document whose author is unknown. It expresses many important aspects of resurrection. Let’s take a look at some of them.

First, we need to understand what is meant by “resurrection” in this treatise. It is not a reference to zombies coming out of their graves in the End Times. What it really is about is the ascent of the spirit and soul into “heaven” or spiritual realms after physical death. It makes it clear that the dead physical body is not resurrected, than, now, ever! The physical body dies, falls apart, and is gone. It is the spirit and the soul that are eternal. It is the spirit and soul that are reborn. It is the spirit and soul that return to higher realms, spiritual realms, never the physical. Only when the physical universe is converted back into its original spiritual state will what is now physical become part of the spiritual realms, but then it will no longer be physical. Nothing physical can exist in a spiritual universe. Continue reading “Spirits in Heaven, Not Bodies”

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