18 November, 2013

Mark the Ascetic on Grace Alone

"Wishing to show that to fulfil every commandment is a duty, whereas sonship is a gift given to men through His own Blood, the Lord said: ‘When you have done all that is commanded you, say, "We are useless servants:we have only done what was our duty' (Luke 17:10). Thus the kingdom of heaven is not a rewards for works, but a gift of grace prepared by the Master for his faithful servants."
Mark the Ascetic (5th C.), from 'On Those Who Think They Are Made Righteous By Works: Two Hundred and Twenty-Six Texts', in The Philokalia :The Complete Text, vol. 1 (Faber & Faber, London, 1979, pp125-146).

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