The Ladder of Divine Ascent – Step 6, The First Three Paragraphs

Step 6 On remembrance of death.

1. Every word is preceded by thought. And the remembrance of death and sins precedes weeping andmourning. Therefore, this subject comes in its proper place in this chapter.

2. The remembrance of death is a daily death; and the remembrance of our departure is an hourly sighing or groaning.

3. Fear of death is a natural instinct that comes from disobedience; but terror at death is evidence of unrepented sin. Christ fears death, but does not show terror, in order to demonstrate clearly the properties of His two natures.