Each of us must set aside our habitual ways of thinking so that we can face a new reality of the Church as the Body of Christ in a cosmic way or dimension, the Body of the Risen Christ saving humanity, the whole universe.
"Behold, I make all things new" (Rev. 21:5).
"If then you have raised" ... through Baptism/Chrismation ... "with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of god. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Col. 3:1-2).
Always hold in your mind's eye the image of the Crucified Christ for in doing so, you will feel within a more honest understand of the purpose and dread each one of us must face at the end of our own days here on earth. While Jesus Christ died on the Cross and descended into Hades to break chains and bonds of those imprisoned since the dawn of time, to release the captives in prison (hell), so too it was the means by which He assured our own salvation. But, it doesn't end there for any one of us! It requires much more on our own part! By keeping in mind the icon of the crucified Christ we are able to place "death" (our death) in proper perspective and not in the antiseptic atmosphere that society and religion is trying to do in these modern-day times of the heretical synchrestic ecumenism.
The Orthodox Catholic Christian icon of the Crucified Christ which hangs on our many walls is a means for remembrance of these facts of reality which should also be placed next to the icon of Christ sitting on the right hand of God the Father with the Holy Spirit there too.
"See to it that no one makes prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to elemental spirits of the universe and not according to Christ" (Col. 2:8).
"...put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Christ is all in all" (Col. 3:10-11). Therefore we must discover the cosmic dimension of this Christ in whom "the fullness of deity dwell bodily" (Col. 2:9).
To understand Christ, the Church, and why we are called to faithfulness in and with Him, we must understand and examine ourselves more acutely, but understand more importantly the answer to the greatest question of all time.
Host's Home Page