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The Teachers of the Church: Origen of Alexandria (Part 3)

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The History of Christianity #55

Our Scripture verse today is John 4:24 which reads: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

Our quote today is from Sam Storms. He said: "God doesn’t simply give us His Spirit, He gives the Spirit “into” us. Not just “to” us, but by an act of what can only be called intimate impartation His Spirit resides within to encourage, energize, and enable. The Spirit isn’t just here, He’s inside."

Today, we are looking at "The Teachers of the Church" (Part 12) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

Origen of Alexandria (Part 3)

In the present world, the Devil and his demons have us captive, and therefore Jesus Christ has come to break the power of Satan and to show us the path we are to follow in our return to our spiritual home. Furthermore, since the Devil is no more than a spirit like ours, and since God is love, in the end even Satan will be saved, and the entire creation will return to its original state, where everything was pure spirit. However, since these spirits will still be free, there is nothing to guarantee that there will not be a new fall, a new material world, and a new history, and that the cycle of fall, restoration, and fall will not go on forever.

In evaluating all of this, one has to begin by marveling at the width of Origen's mental scope. For this reason, he has had fervent admirers at various times throughout the history of the church. One must also remember that Origen proposes all of this, not as truths to be generally accepted, nor as something that will supersede the doctrines of the church, but as his own tentative speculations, which ought not to be compared with the authoritative teaching of the church.

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