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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

15- Redemption Is Also From The Unseen Matters

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة من الفن القبطي الحديث: يسوع المصلوب

9-Redemption Is Also From The Unseen Matters

Jesus redeemed us by taking away all our sins and dying for us through His love “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6). John the Baptist also said about Him “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). John the evangelist said “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2). St. Paul said “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us.” (Col.2:14), and “having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20).

We only see the cross; some may see it superficially! But, all gifts the cross has from love, redemption, forgiveness, cancelling of the written code, taking away the sins of the world, and also what the cross carries from peace, all these are unseen matters, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. We see them through faith.

Peter -before believing in all this- saw the cross as loss and as shame! Therefore he said “Never, Lord” (John 16:22). The Lord rebuked him because Peter did not see the unseen matters...

The cross represents the goodness of God to us. The rulers at that time did not see this because their eyes were blinded, “For

had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Cor. 2:8).

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