Macarius3Following on from the previous post, Macarius the Egyptian continues his allegorical interpretation of Ezekiel ch. 10.

But the soul which still lives in the darkness of sin, belongs not to the body of light; but is indeed the body of darkness, and still sides with the faction of darkness. They only that have the life of light, that is, the power of the Holy Spirit, belong to the light.

The soul in itself is a creature intellectual, and beautiful, and great, and wonderful, and a noble likeness and image of God. And it was through the transgression, that the affections of darkness gained entrance into it.

It remains then that whatsoever the soul mixes with, the same is it united to in very motion of the will. If therefore it has the light of God within itself, and lives therein, it belongs to the light of rest; or if it has the darkness of sin, it inherits condemnation.

But the soul that is desirous to live with God in rest and light eternal, ought to come to Christ the true high priest, to be slain and become dead to the world, and to its former life of darkness, and be removed to another life altogether divine.

[…] Let us therefore pray that we may be slain by his power, and become dead to the world of wickedness, of darkness, and receive the life of the heavenly Spirit, and be translated from the evil state of darkness into the light of Christ, and be refreshed in life to all ages.

Sin detains and stops and hinders the soul, that it should not come near to God and carry off the victory.

But where the Lord himself takes the reins of the soul into his hands, that person never fails of victory, because he skilfully governs and directs the chariot of the soul, into an heavenly and divine sense at all times.

For neither does he war against sin, but as he has the supreme power in himself, he works himself the victory.

Macarius the Egyptian (c. 300-391); extracted from Spiritual Homily 1, trans. by the Revd D.R. Jenning; full text, with corrections and editorial, at the Library Project.