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Chapter 62 How A Man May Wit When His Ghostly Work Is Beneath Him Or Without Him And When It Is Even With Him Or Within Him, And When It Is Above Him And Under His God, The CLoud Of Unknowing

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The Cloud of Unknowing, ed. by Evelyn Underhill, [1922]     How a man may wit when his ghostly work is beneath him or without him, and when it is even with him or within him, and when it is above him and under his God.   AND for this, that thou shalt be able better to wit how they shall be conceived ghostly, these words that be spoken bodily, therefore I think to declare to thee the ghostly bemeaning of some words that fall to ghostly working. So that thou mayest wit clearly without error when thy ghostly work is beneath thee and without thee, and when it is within thee and even with thee, and when it is above thee and under thy God. All manner of bodily thing is without thy soul and beneath it in nature, yea! the sun and the moon and all the stars, although they be above thy body, nevertheless yet they be beneath thy soul. All angels and all souls, although they be confirmed and adorned with grace and with virtues, for the which they be above thee in cleanness, nevertheless, yet they be but even with thee in nature. Within in thyself in nature be the powers of thy soul: the which be these three principal, Memory, Reason, and Will; and secondary, Imagination and Sensuality. Above thyself in nature is no manner of thing but only God. Evermore where thou findest written thyself in ghostliness, then it is understood thy soul, and not thy body. And then all after that thing is on the which the powers of thy soul work, thereafter shall the worthiness and the condition of thy work be deemed; whether it be beneath thee, within thee, or above thee.

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How A Man May Wit When His Ghostly Work Is Beneath Him Or Without Him And When It Is Even With Him Or Within Him, And When It Is Above Him And Under His God

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1 Cary W = "Paul reminds us our citizenship is in Heaven because of faith in Christ, and to give no merit, thought or credit to the body or world of earthy things."
2 Cary W = "Do you understand this?  God has placed us, with Christ above the Earthly heavens, or stars!"
3 Cary W = "Sounds like the original view of early America.  We each, have a divine providence to be here, not subject to any outer power or authority... none above us, but God alone.  Scripture even clearly teaches that, Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things here shall be added.  And again, if He Who gave His only Son for your salvation, will He not give you also all things!"