Receptivity to God’s deifying grace

According to Gregory Palamas, while “differing degrees of perception and/or participation may be discerned in the experiences of the saints, they are far more obvious between the saints and the rest of creation . . . [As such], only the ‘deified life and grace’ of those living ‘divinely and above nature’ constitute true participation in the Spirit . . . Textually, the saints do not receive the Holy Spirit by essence, but through His uncreated effulgence and grace.” (In Costache, D. [2011]. Experiencing the Divine life: Levels of participation in St Gregory Palamas’ On the divine and deifying participation. Phronema, p. 17).

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