On Scripture

by Scott D. Hendricks

Divine Scripture is the Divine Science that makes us more educated than all the philosophers, more wise than all the moralists and political theorists; and it alone transforms us from carnal, natural, and wretched into holy, spiritual and blessed.

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In Divine Scripture is found the highest truth that illumines the mind which has truth as its natural object, because the words of Scripture are the words of God, of the Holy Spirit, that is, of Truth itself and of Grace itself. . . . We see in Divine Scripture humble, simple, pedestrian words; yet they have such depth of wisdom within themselves that the whole abolished wisdom of this world cannot even be compared with it.  And Paul indicates this when he says: “We speak wisdom among them that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought.  But we speak the wisdom of God in mystery, even the hidden wisdom.” (1 Cor. 2:7).

~ St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite

Constantine Cavarnos, Modern Orthodox Saints vol. 3: St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite (Belmont: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1974), 123-124.