St. Basil, Letter 146: “In every deed and every word hold before your eyes the judgment of Christ, so that every individual action, being referred to that exact and awful examination may bring you glory in the day of retribution…”
“Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it, and was glad. The Judeans then said to him, Thou are not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. They then took up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.” (John 8:56-59)
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