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Written by H.G. Bishop Youssef   
Thursday, 17 January 2008
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The Nature of the Crown

The Crown of Glory is not something alien to man; since he was created in the image and likeness of the Creator with full dominion and authority over all the creatures around him. However, Adam, through disobedience, had lost that Crown of Glory. God, in His mercy, sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on Adams behalf. It is by the Spirit of God that we are crowned back into mans original glory, retrieving the condition in which we were in prior to sin. This crowning back into the original glory has been done in order that we may be able to reign with Him, thus receiving Heaven and the heavenly instead of earth and the earthly. The Divine waters of the Holy Sacrament of Baptism extinguish for the human nature, once and for all, the darkness of sin and the fury of Hell.

Being crowned in the original glory has a personal individualistic meaning to each one of us; which is sharing the one human nature in the Lord Jesus Christ. "Therefore there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 43:28). This specifically tells us that opinion and ethnic culture ("neither Jew nor Greek"), pride and social standing ("neither slave nor free"), gender ("neither male nor female") have no place in the nature of the Church. As Christians, we all are equal in dignity and self-worth.

St. Paul confirms this, writing, "As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christall of you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:27-28).

By adoption, we all become sons of God through the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Through this adoption, we have become everything God is, except for His Divine nature. Retaining our human nature, we can still become members of His family through Grace. The process of growing in the knowledge of the Lord and His Word is called deification. Deification simply means growing in grace; according to what God is by nature. According to the Churchs teachings, to grow in grace one must believe in and be faithful to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Having recently celebrated the Glorious Feast of the Nativity, we can reflect on the Lord Jesus Christ, born of a woman. Having been born of a woman under the law, the Lord Jesus Christ is in a position where He can redeem those under the law; thus fulfilling Gods promise to Abraham.

Eternal salvation is meant for everyone. "Then St. Peter said to them, 'Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:38-39).

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