The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 4

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That through the Sacrament of Baptism (which is grounded in the Passion of Christ) this Image is reformed from Original Sin

This is chapter 6 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
That thorugh the sacrament of baptym that is groundid in the passioun of Crist this image is reformed fro the original synne.

Forgiveness & Expansion

This chapter indicates that the soul loses the image and likeness of God through sin. The soul will not experience heaven and instead suffers the pains of hell. The soul, in a sinful state, becomes incongruent with the divine and therefore will only find consonance with that which is not divine. Hilton puts forth that there are two remedies against sin by the which a misshapen soul may be restored again. One is the Sacrament of Baptism against original sin, another is the Sacrament of Penance against actual sin. Forgiveness, as we understand it, is based on the individual's desire to cease the repetition of sin. Penance is a means to make reparation, but it also represents the resolve of the penitent to move forward. By prayer and determination to desist from the commission of sin, the penitent is reformed to the image of God, and through the virtue of faith is suddenly turned from the likeness of the fiend and made like an Angel of Heaven. More important than all this, at least in my view, is that spiritual development takes place as we ascend the scale of practice. We're intent on advancing the soul, on finding new and higher levels of divine experience. Our concentration is set on the discovery of new dimensions, and since we know what lies behind us, we apprehend the necessity of expansion into these new prospectives. Then, as this chapter relates; if they should happen to die, they should straight fly up to Heaven...and that privilege should they have by the merit of Christ’s Passion.

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