Truth is witnessed on earth by the Holy Spirit
Truth is witnessed on earth by the Holy Spirit ... Where there is no testimony from the Spirit, there is no evidence of Truth (111, 509).
Truth is the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of Truth. Lying is co-existent and promoted by the spirit of the devil, who is a lie and the father of lies (108, 115).
If your mind and heart are not written down in anything - let Truth and Spirit write on them the commandments of God and His spiritual teaching (108, 115).
Truth can also be broadcast within a person. But when? When, according to the word of the Savior, a person will be clothed with power from above: "When He comes, the Spirit of Truth, he will guide you into all truth" (Jn XX XUMX, 16). Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (108, 120).
Peter says: "Come away from me. Lord! because I am a sinful person "(Luke 5, 8). Peter professes himself a sinner and condemns himself as unworthy to contemplate Christ. He, as if imprisoning and banishing himself from the face of Christ, as if to say: I am ashamed of my sins and I am afraid of Your face. O Justice, who sees the innermost! I dare not look at You, I am not worthy to be before Your face, but I can only stand far away from You, as condemned and banished. But "where will I go from your Spirit, and from where will I flee?" (Psalm 138, 7). You yourself leave for a while from me, as the sun sets, and then it shines again. Go away from me. My light, with fear of your justice, which I am terrified until I ask my conscience, I examine my sins in detail and will not pronounce judgment on myself. Then shine again to me. My sun, illuminating me with the rays of your grace.
This is the meaning of Petrov's words, such is the meaning, such is the secret. O good image of the salvation of sinners! O good counsel to all! Do you want to be unconvicted, sinner, in the Last Judgment of God? Judge yourself, warning the Court of God of your self-condemnation. The apostle does not say in vain: "For if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged" (1 Corinth 11, 31). If each of us learns to know and judge our sins, then we will get rid of eternal condemnation.
... Our Lord, sitting with His beloved disciples at the Last Supper (there was also Judah), began to tell them about His traitor: "Verily I say unto you that one of you will betray Me" (Matthew 26, 21). The disciples of the Lord were horrified, and each of them, immediately looking at his conscience and finding no guilt in himself towards the Lord, responded: "Is it me? Lord? ". This Peter said, said Andrew, said Jacob, and each of them said the same thing: "Is it me? Lord? "(Matthew 26, 22). Then Judah's turn came, and he says: "Am I not, Rabbi?" (Matthew 26, 25). O cursed Judas! You follow Christ, but you do not agree with the followers of Christ; all of your Lord are called the Lord, you alone call Him only a teacher, and not the Lord: "Am I not, Rabbi?". Well, Judas, say, like the other apostles: "Is it me? Lord? ". But Judas can not utter this single word: "Lord," can not call the Lord his Lord, but only by the word that he intended to betray Him, saying: "Rejoice, Rabbi!" (Matthew 26, 49). Before he said this, flatteringly kissing Him, he already at the Last Supper showed what he was holding in his mind, saying: "Am I not, Rabbi?" In both crafty Judas phrases one appeal: "Rejoice, Rabbi!" And "not me Rabbi? "Why could not Judas say the word" Lord "and confess his Lord to the Lord? The reason for this was later explained by the apostle Paul, saying: "No one can call Jesus Lord, except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinth 12, 3). This word "Lord" can not be uttered by anyone else, except by the action of the Holy Spirit. Since Judas was not a vessel of the Holy Spirit, but a vessel of the devil, even the word "Lord" could not be uttered: he was no longer among the slaves of the Lord, but among the slaves of Satan.
... So when Saint Peter said to the Lord: "Go away from me, Lord!", Then in the last word "Lord" he showed that inner secret of his heart that he is a true and not a servant of the Lord, not a hypocritical one, He, but ready to go with Him even to death. It also appeared that he was already beginning to become a vessel of the Holy Spirit and called the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
We, from this example, will borrow the mysterious doctrine of truly working for our Lord Jesus Christ alone, and not for mammon, to speak unconcernfully and boldly to the Lord: "Lord." If we work in a different way, that is, the world, the flesh and the devil, and our Lord will only be in vain called the Lord, we will prove to be shameless, defiant and hypocritical Pharisees. Sainted Dimitry of Rostov (103, 477-481).
Unbelievable and intellectually incomprehensible: to believe in heavenly secrets about the One God, but triad in the Persons, and about the Divine His properties, about creating the world from nothing, but by the single verb of God, about the incarnation of the Son of God and the birth of the Virgin without the seed, but without violation of virginity Her, about His free suffering and crucifixion on the Cross between the villains, but for our sins, about His Resurrection from the dead, about justification by faith in Him and eternal salvation by his one name, about the general resurrection of the dead on the last day, and the rebellion of bodies scattered in dust, and bringing them to much the best state, and the union of souls with him, about Eternal Life and the future blessings-to believe all these and other sacraments and establish oneself in them by faith is a thing impossible for the carnal mind of man, dumbfounded by idolatrous superstition. But the apostles made this possible and planted the holy faith in the hearts of idolaters, dilapidated and old, and established it. And their hearts, filled with love for the world and the customs of their ancestors, like trees with water, ignited to the love of God, and desire, and the search for eternal blessings that the eye could not see, did not hear the ear that did not come to the heart of man (1 Cor, 2, 9). Verily, through them God Himself was preached, and preached to them, and gave power and efficacy to His Word, as it is written: "He gives his voice a voice of strength" (Psalm 67, 34). Prelate Tikhon Zadonsky (104, 855-856).
"I ... have come to the world to testify of the truth"
"I was born for this, and for that I came into the world to bear witness to the truth; Everyone who is the truth listens to my voice. "When the Truth of Heaven opened, when the Messenger of God in our flesh appeared on earth, then all the sinful darkness disappeared: idols fell, paganism became ashamed, superstition disappeared, conscience aroused guilt for sin, rejoiced prone to virtue soul, seeing the direct path of salvation; mores have changed, the reign has reigned, the truth triumphed, the Holy Spirit covered all with its autumnal ... The action of Truth through apostolic jealousy dispelled the false and introduced direct concepts about saving things.
The world thought that it was enough to take care of one of the local lives, and then not extend your thoughts. The Spirit of Truth taught that this life is the way to the future, and then she is happy when she leads to the Eternal. The world thought that happiness consists in some bodily pleasures and in sensual pleasures. And the Spirit of Truth taught that the direct pleasure consists in a clean conscience and that it is not broken either by tears that are born of patience for the truth, nor persecutions that further strengthen in the firmness of the virtuous deed, nor the suffering with which the spirit is renewed the more the more the body is destroyed . The world thought that it was enough to observe some external rituals for the worship of God, and so he thought to satisfy the Divine. The Spirit of Truth taught that a sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken and humble heart and that true piety requires a virtuous life. The world thought that everything is subject to chance, tricks and intrigues of man. But the Spirit of Truth taught that everything is controlled by the Father-of-God Providence and that everything is in vain if the hand does not support Him. The world thought it was enough to justify before God its so-called good deeds. The Spirit of Truth taught that all our good deeds are insufficient and mixed with passions, that they are then valid when the Gospel grace helps them. The world thought that the deity could be material, futile human invented idols, but the Spirit of Truth taught that "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4, 24). So the world thought. And can it be forgivable now, with the knowledge of the Spirit of Truth, after we are illuminated with the gospel light, if we are seen in similar opinions? ..
Truth, if it is only pronounced with lips or only expressed in words, is not yet what it has in itself the best and greatest; it is not enough that it shines only from the outside. Her throne is the heart, the heart as the source of feelings, the beginning of inclinations, the basis of action. It can not be that she lives on her lips when she is not in the heart; just as if it is hidden in the heart, but does not appear on the lips or appears, but pale and timid, it loses its dignity. If a person for one self gained this virtue, truly it would be for him the best decoration; would be a decoration, but it would not be necessary and useful. The gift of the word is not for ourselves, but for others. If a man were only one in the world, for whom would he express his thoughts? Who could he do with the light of his Truth? We need the truth and others, useful to us and others. It is a sacred union that connects society with us and connects us with society. According to the Psalmist's remark, "a man will come and the heart will be deep" (Psalm 63, 7), and it is necessary for the happiness of the human race so that we are sincere so that the Truth precedes and follows all our actions.
... But the cunning actions of the spirit of the crafty are diverse: for some it binds the tongue so that they do not speak the truth. For, according to the Gospel, he is the "father of lies" (John 8, 44). Lures in various ways: to speak - de truth - to lose friendship; to tell the truth - to lose profit; to speak the truth - to arouse hatred towards oneself; tell the truth - sometimes blame yourself. Well, so let your heart contradict your lips! Take care of your friendship, keep your profits, hide your guilt: this will be the greatest success for the spirit of the dumb. But what is your, unhappy, in that acquisition? Truth in the mouth of God, do you abhor her? True thrones claim, do you doubt to affirm your happiness on it? A direct and open heart is the dwelling of the Holy Spirit: why then are you expelling His lie? "Let my mouth be filled with praise" (Psalm 70, 8); "His praise is unceasing in my mouth" (Psalm 33, 2) ... If we are dumb, it is more useful to bind our tongue to slander, condemnation, sarcasm, blasphemy. Such dumbness to the spirit of the dumb is disgusting, but to the Holy Spirit is pleasant and joyful. Yes, and remember, we in Baptism renounced the spirit of lies, when they put on a new garment of relics and truths. Plato, Metropolitan of Moscow (105, 300-305).
Saint John testified of Jesus Christ that He truly is the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1, 29) that He is the promised Deliverer, expected by all. Heard these were with him and believed. From them passed this testimony to the people, and everyone began to think that attested by John is not an ordinary man. The Savior pointed to this when, in the last days, he suggested in the temple to the high priests the question: "Was John's baptism from heaven, or from men?" (Mark 11, 30). Those were withdrawn from the answer, because they could not help but see that John did not come from himself, baptizing with water. But if they were to say this, they should immediately acknowledge his testimony that the Promised One was before them, and therefore obey his teaching. And they did not want this not for any solid reasons, but for one prejudice. But their persistence does not in the least diminish the strength of the testimony of St. John. It is still as sure as it was when it came from his mouth. And we hear John pointing to us the true Redeemer, and so we revitalize our faith, as a faith that has tangible proofs. Bishop Theophan the Recluse (107, 13-14).
What does it mean to live in truth?
What does it mean to "walk in the truth" (Psalm 85, II)? So, having accepted the truth in the heart, so keep yourself in thoughts and feelings, as required by the truth. God is everywhere and sees everything - this is the truth; whoever accepts this truth in his heart and begins to hold himself inwardly, and outwardly as if before him there was God Himself and saw everything in him, he will walk in this truth. God keeps everything, and without Him we can do nothing successfully - this is the truth; whoever accepts it with his heart and becomes in everything, whatever he does, turn in prayer for help to God and accept whatever happens to him, as from the Lord's hand, he will walk in this truth. Death every hour can steal us, and on death at once and the Court is the truth; whoever accepts this truth in his heart and lives like this, how should this very minute die and appear at the Judgment of God, he will walk in this truth. So with respect to any other truth (107, 46-47).
The reason for Resurrection can be proved by reason, based on Scripture. And the strength of his arguments can not be denied by an unbeliever, if not yet drowned in his sense of truth. The believer does not require proof, because the Church of God is filled with the light of the Resurrection. Both of these truth-tellers are true and convincing. But contrary to considerations of reason, opposing considerations can be born and meet. And faith can cause objections and hesitate in bewilderment and doubts coming from outside and arising within. Is not there an impregnable fence for the truth of the Resurrection? There is. When the power of the Resurrection, perceived by a person as early as Baptism, begins to show itself effectively in stopping the corruption of the soul and body, in the establishment of new life in them, such a person will walk in the light of the Resurrection. And everyone who objects to the truth of the Resurrection will seem insane to him, like someone who walks in the day, saying that it's night now (107, 102-103).
What inspired the Syrofinian woman to come to the Lord and be so persistent in petitioning? (Mk 7, 24-30). The existing image of beliefs: she was convinced that the Savior is able to heal her daughter, and came to Him; was convinced that He would not leave her requests without satisfaction and did not cease to ask. Beliefs are the result of all life, upbringing, walking thoughts, impressions from the surrounding, from the encountered teachings and various cases and activities in life. Under the influence of all this, thought works and reaches certain convictions. At the same time, one must have in mind that everywhere there is and everywhere the Truth of God is crowded into the human soul. Truth lies in the heart of man; the truth of God is imprinted on all creatures: there is the truth of God in the customs and morals of man; there is it in the exercises - more or less. But everywhere there is a lie. Whoever is from the Truth, he collects the truth and is full of convictions of the true, saving. And whoever is not from the Truth, he collects lies and is full of beliefs of false, delusions of pernicious. Whether it is up to the person to live in the Truth or outside the Truth - do everything yourself; but meanwhile the Divine Court expects everyone. Bishop Theophan the Recluse (107, 293-294).