Epiphanius Ancoratus 11

Home / Epiphanius Ancoratus 11

For if in our fellow men if such an inferior thought could ever happen to be on their minds that our children are weaker and flawed compared to their fathers (for a father and son’s dishonour are related to each other), how much more willing is God and Father to not have His Son more weaker and flawed than Him? Therefore, if the true existence of the Father’s Son is bound up in the Father’s glory, then the Son having less honour than the Father would diminish the honour of the Father, and He would be burdened by the load of ignorance. Now if the Son unveils the Father and says with conviction: and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son (Matt. 11.27), then dare I say it that no one knows the Spirit except the Father from whom the Spirit proceeds, or the Son from whom the Spirit receives. How can anyone dare to say the Spirit is alien from God unless they are totally mad to hang on to such an untruth rather than cling to the truth. Those who are not willing to learn from the truth and hear the trustworthiness of the holy Apostle Paul; and the one who gave his right hand, the chief among the apostles, Peter, the one deemed worthy to be given the keys to the Kingdom; The one who heard from heaven, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? This one who was deemed worthy to hear inexpressible words words which is not permitted for a man to speak (2Cor. 12.4), who also said, For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? (1Cor. 2.11)? and who is the one who wishes to describe the patterns of things above so that the patterns used by men will not misrepresent God, but instead disclose to us a part of the way things are that which are above? For if we were to gather all things together in creation such as angels, archangels, Cherubim, Seraphim, together with the heavenly army, heaven and earth, the terrestrial, the heavenly and subterranean, things that give light, the stars, the dry land and the wet, and generally everything else to do with heaven and earth, will not be able to indicate or compare with the Lord. For according to His grace, He gives to humanity His image of Grace saying: God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him (Gen. 1.27). Thus according to His Grace, He gives every human being His image of Grace. No one can be anything but an image that represents the Lord. One is invisible and the other visible. One is immortal and the other is capable of death. One is the source from which all wisdom flows and has all things made perfect in Himself. He has enabled humanity to take hold of a share in His Grace but is without the perfection, not unless God is willing to hand over to those who are counted worthy and provide them perfection through the gift.