Many thanks to all those who sponsor and support the Mystagogy Resource Center; your positive feedback and generosity through financial gifts have been encouraging. Without this support, I would not be able to devote the time I need to produce all that you will see moving forward. Since I am now working by the hour and my time is more limited, I need to figure things out how to best use my time for your benefit, and will then give a progress report some time in the spring. Till then, I encourage all those who do not yet financially support this ministry - yet find some benefit from it - to likewise do so in order that it may continue to be helpful to you and countless others. See links at the bottom of this page to submit your contribution.
+ + +
+ + +

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Exact Meaning of Matthew 10:32-33

"Whosoever therefore shall confess in Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father Who is in the heavens. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father Who is in the heavens." - Matthew 10:32, 33

St. John Chrysostom commenting on this passage writes:

"Mark Christ's exact care; He did not say that before men whosoever shall 'confess Me', but 'confess in Me' (εν Eμοι), showing how the confessor, not by a power of his own but by the help of grace from above, makes his confession. But of him who denies Christ before men, Christ said not 'whosoever shall deny in Me', but, 'deny Me'; for having become destitute of the gift, his denial ensues." ("Homily 34 On Matthew", PG 57:392)
Become a Patreon supporter:

To read more about supporting the ministry of the Mystagogy Resource Center, either as a monthly supporter or an annual supporter, please visit the DONATE page.

Thank you!