Monday, May 23, 2011

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit

St. Basil the Great described the result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit:

Just when a sunbeam falls on bright and transparent bodies, they themselves become brilliant too, and shed forth a fresh brightness from themselves, so souls wherein the Spirit dwells illuminated by the spirit, themselves become spiritual, and send forth their grace to others. Hence comes foreknowledge of the future, understanding of mysteries, apprehension of what is hidden, distribution of good gifts, the heavenly citizenship, a place in the chorus of angels, joy without end, abiding in God, the being made like to God, and, highest of all, the being made God.  here, Basil links deification (the being made God) to the economic activity of the Holy Spirit,

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