Part I, Chapter 6

  1. How do all things resemble God?
  2. How are our souls and all pure spirits a certain image of the Divine Nature? How are they very different?
  3. How does the rational creature become perfectly similar to God?
  4. By what means do we enjoy the participation in the Divine Nature?
  5. What is Deification?
  6. Explain the glorification of our substance into the image of the Divine Nature?
  7. Describe the external existence and life of God.
  8. What is grace according to St. Paul?
  9. What does the Book of Wisdom say about the just?
  10. What does the Book of Wisdom say about those who separated themselves from God?
  11. What does the sinner desire?

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  1. Part 1, Chat. 6
    1. All things resemble God, more or less, in their existence, their life, their force and activity.
    2.Our souls and all pure spirits are by their very nature a certain image of the Divine nature; they are like God, spiritual, rational, endowed with free will.
    Different because nature is finite and created out of nothing.
    3.Rational creature only become perfectly similar to God when it has become a true mirror of the Divinity, reflecting It in Its own peculiar beauty.
    4.Participation in the Divine Nature, consists in this: our nature assumes a condition peculiar to the divine nature and becomes so similar to the Deity , we may truly say it is deified, according to the holy Fathers.
    5. Deification is the greatest possible likening and union with God.
    6.We speak only of a glorification of our substance into the image of the Divine Nature: we are made like Him in a supernatural way. Our souls receives a reflection of that glory which is peculiar to Him and above all creatures.
    7.God alone exists by His own power. He is eternal and immutable, and depends on no one. but creatures are of themselves nothing; they exist only because God has created them and permits them to exist.
    8 Grace according to St. Paul, is a new creation and the foundation of a new, immovable kingdom.
    9.The Book of Wisdom says: “The just shall live for evermore: and their reward is with the Lord;…therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord; for with His right hand He will cover them, and with His holy arm, He will defend them.”
    10.Those who separated themselves from the treasures of His grace, says: “What hath pride profited us, or what advantage hath the boasting of riches brought us? All those things are passed away……are consumed in our wickedness.”
    11.The sinner desires–as did our first parents, and the devil himself–“to be as God.”

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