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    [IMAGE]                        About that Awesome Stone                      Saint Nicholas ,mostwise Bishop of
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                             About that Awesome Stone

                           Saint Nicholas ,mostwise Bishop of Ochrid and Zicha



      "Everyone who falls on that stone will be [dashed] smashed to pieces" (St.
      Luke 20:18).



      The Lord Christ is the corner stone. Judas fell on that stone and was
      smashed. Herod fell on that stone and he was smashed. Julian the Apostate
      fell on that stone and he was smashed. Arius fell on that stone and he was
      smashed. The deniers and scoffers of Christ fell on that stone and were
      smashed as clay pots of a potter.

      This stone fell on Sodom and Gomorrah and Sodom and Gomorrah were
      destroyed. This stone fell on Egypt and Egypt was destroyed. This stone
      fell on Jerusalem and Jerusalem was destroyed. This stone fell on the
      Jewish people and the Jewish people were scattered into pieces. This stone
      fell on many sinful generations and empires and those sinful generations
      and empires fell apart into dust and ashes.

      The Lord forgave sinners seventy times seven but beyond that if sinners
      remain sinners, will the Lord save them against their will?

      He will not, for that is not the principle for the salvation of men. The
      principle of salvation is that men voluntarily consent to salvation on the
      part of God. If men seventy times seven and more do not desire to be saved
      by God, then God will not save them. Then men will be smashed against that
      stone around which they cannot pass and are destroyed by that stone, which
      they have raised to cast far away from themselves. Can it be said that God
      is unmerciful Who saved the penitent thief on the cross? Can it be said
      that He is unjust when He handed over the thief to destruction who mocked
      Him even in the last hour of death?

      O Lord Almighty, save us!

      To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
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