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Friday, December 13, 2019

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Homily of Saint John Chrysostom (+407) on the Gospel of Matthew


MULTILINGUAL HOLY BIBLE



“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,

the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1)

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Homily of Saint John Chrysostom (+407)

on the Gospel of Matthew


“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.”
Behold a third discourse, and we have not yet made an end of the prefatory matter. It was not then for nought that I said, It is the nature of these thoughts to have a great depth.

Come, then, let us speak to-day what remains. What is it then that is now required? Why Joseph’s genealogy is traced, who had no part in the birth. And one cause we have mentioned already; but it is necessary to mention likewise the other, that which is more mystical and secret than the first. What then is this? He would not that it should be manifest to the Jews, at the time of the birth, that Christ was born of a virgin.

Nay, be not troubled at the strangeness of the saying. For it is no statement of mine, but of our fathers, wonderful and illustrious men. [110] For if He disguised many things from the first, calling Himself Son of Man, and hath not everywhere clearly unfolded to us even His equality with the Father; why dost thou wonder at His having for a time disguised this also, taking order as He was for a certain great and marvellous purpose? [111] and would have condemned her for adultery. For if in regard to the other matters, for which they had frequent precedents likewise in the old dispensation, they were quite shameless in their obstinacy [112] (for so, because He had cast out devils, they called Him possessed; and because He healed on the Sabbath day, they supposed Him to be an adversary of God; and yet oftentimes even before this had the Sabbath been broken), what would they not have said, if this had been told them? Especially as [113] they had all time before this on their side, in that it never had produced any such thing. For if after so many miracles they still called Him son of Joseph, how before the miracles would they have believed that He was born of a virgin?

It is then for this reason that both Joseph has his genealogy traced, and the Virgin betrothed to him. For if even he, who was both a just and wondrous man, required many things, in order that he should receive that which had come to pass; an angel, and the vision in dreams, and the testimony from the prophets; how could the Jews, being both dull and depraved, and of so unfriendly spirit towards Him, have admitted this idea into their minds? For the strangeness and novelty thereof would be sure greatly to disturb them, and the fact that they had never so much as heard of such a thing having happened in the times of their forefathers. For as the man who was once persuaded that He is Son of God, would after that have no cause to doubt concerning this too; so he who was accounting Him to be a deceiver and an adversary of God, how could he but have been yet more offended by this, and have been led on unto the opposite [114] notion? For this cause neither do the apostles at the first directly say this, but while of His resurrection they discourse much and often (forasmuch as of this there were examples in the times before, although not such as this); that He was born of a virgin they do not say always: nay, not even His mother herself ventured to utter this. See, for instance, what saith the Virgin even to Himself: “Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee.” [115] For if this suspicion had been entertained, neither would He any longer have been accounted to be a Son of David, and this opinion not being held, many other evils besides would have arisen. For this cause

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Matthew 5, 15-16 - Let your light shine before others - About faithful Christians and Saints


HEAVEN ON EARTH - ORTHODOXY


"Let your light shine before others"

About faithful Christians and Saints

Matthew 5, 15-16:

"15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven".

Friday, November 8, 2019

Jesus Christ is God: “Immanuel, which means God with us” (Matthew 1:23)


HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD



Jesus Christ is God: 

“Immanuel, which means God with us”

(Matthew 1:23)

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which means God with us”.

—Matthew 1:23

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The dead people are alive: "They will welcome you into eternal homes" (Luke 16, 9)


The dead people are alive. In Luke 16:9 Jesus Christ tells us that the saved poor who we give them alms, when we wil die, they welcome us into the eternal homes of Heaven:

"I'm telling you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails, they will welcome you into eternal homes" (Luke 16, 9).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus" (Luke 9:30) - The dead Saints are alive in the Heaven and they can appear on Earth like Moses


"Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus" (Luke 9:30).

The dead Saints are alive in the Heaven and they can appear on Earth like Moses in Luke 9:30.

Moses died in Old Testament times.

Death of Moses:

Jude 9 (New Testament)
Deuteronomy 34:5-8, 31:16, 31:27, 31:29, 32:48-51, 33:1
Numbers 27:12-13
Joshua 1:2

Appearance of Moses: Luke 9:30


ORTHODOX WEB

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Accept the whole Holy Bible – Not like devil in Matthew 4:5-7


EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH



Accept the whole Holy Bible – Not like devil in Matthew 4:5-7

The Eastern Orthodox Church accept the whole Holy Bible.

The Protestants misinterpret the Bible by separating specific verses, such as the devil in the three temptations of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4: 5-7) who used Psalm 91 [90 Greek]:11-12 to misinterpret it. Christ replied to the devil with Deuteronomy 6:16.

The correct interpretation of Psalm 90 [91 masoretic]:11-12 comes only if we accept Deuteronomy 6:16. If we isolate Psalm 91 [90 Greek]:11-12 then we will do another interpretation, as the devil did.

Matthew 4:5-7:

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 
6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’(Psalm 91 [90 Greek]:11-12)”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’(Deut. 6:16)”.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

We call the Mother of Jesus Christ “Most Holy Virgin Mary” like the Holy Bible call the Eleazar “most holy man” in 4 Maccabees 7:4


HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD



The Eastern Orthodox Church call the Mother of Jesus Christ “Most Holy Virgin Mary” like the Holy Bible in Old Testament, in 4 Maccabees 7:4 call the Eleazar “most holy man”:

4 Maccabees 7:4:

“No city besieged with many ingenious war machines has ever held out as did that most holy man. Although his sacred life was consumed by tortures and racks, he conquered the besiegers with the shield of his devout reason”.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God said: "From now on all generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48)


HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD



Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God said: 

"From now on all generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48).

Honor of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!" (Luke 1:42)


HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD



Honor of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God:

"Blessed are you among women, 

and blessed is the child you will bear!" 

(Luke 1:42)

Luke 1:39-45

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 
40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 
42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 
43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 
44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Saturday, June 22, 2019

John 20:21-23 – Holy Confession of our sins to the Apostles: “If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven” (John 20:23)


HOLY CONFESSION OF YOUR HEART


Holy Confession of our sins to the Apostles

John 20:21-23:

21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Monday, June 10, 2019

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother” (1 Corinthians 1:1) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Homily of Saint John Chrysostom (+407) on Holy Bible


HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY



“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ

through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother”

(1 Corinthians 1:1) 

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Homily of Saint John Chrysostom (+407)

on Holy Bible

Paul, called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be Saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: Grace unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[1.] See how immediately, from the very beginning, he casts down their pride, and dashes to the ground all their fond imagination, in that he speaks of himself as “called.” For what I have learnt, saith he, I discovered not myself, nor acquired by my own wisdom, but while I was persecuting and laying waste the Church I was called. Now here of Him that calleth is everything: of him that is called, nothing, (so to speak,) but only to obey.

“Of Jesus Christ.” Your teacher is Christ; and do you register the names of men, as patrons of your doctrine?

“Through the will of God.” For it was God who willed that you should be saved in this way. We ourselves have wrought no good thing, but by the will of God we have attained to this salvation; and because it seemed good to him, we were called, not because we were worthy.

“And Sosthenes our brother.” Another instance of his modesty; he puts in the same rank with himself one inferior to Apollos; for great was the interval between Paul and Sosthenes. Now if where the interval was so wide he stations with himself one far beneath him, what can they have to say who despise their equals?

“Unto the Church of God.” Not “of this or of that man,” but of God.

“Which is at Corinth.” Seest thou how at each word he puts down their swelling pride; training their thoughts in every way for heaven? He calls it, too, the Church “of God;” shewing that it ought to be united. For if it be “of God,” it is united, and it is one, not in Corinth only, but also in all the world: for the Church’s name (ekklesia: properly an assembly) is not a name of separation, but of unity and concord.

“To the sanctified in Christ Jesus.” Again the name of Jesus; the names of men he findeth no place for. But what is Sanctification? The Laver, the Purification. For he reminds them of their own uncleanness, from which he had freed them; and so persuades them to lowliness of mind; for not by their own good deeds, but by the loving-kindness of God, had they been sanctified.

“Called to be Saints.” For even this, to be saved by faith, is not saith he, of yourselves; for ye did not first draw near, but were called; so that not even this small matter is yours altogether. However, though you had drawn near, accountable as you are for innumerable wickednesses, not even so would the grace be yours, but God’s. Hence also, writing to the Ephesians, he said, (Ephesians 2:8) “By