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from the treatise On the Incarnation of the Word, * §§ 42.6 - 43.1, 43.7, translated by A. Robertson
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OR by His own power He is united wholly with each and all, and orders all things without stint, so that no one could have called it out of place for Him to speak, and make known Himself and His Father, by means of sun, if He so willed, or moon, or heaven, or earth, or waters, or fire; inasmuch as He holds in one all things at once, and is in fact not only in all but also in the part in question, and there invisibly manifests Himself. In like manner it cannot be absurd if, ordering as He does the whole, and giving life to all things, and having willed to make Himself known through men, He has used as His instrument a human body to manifest the truth and knowledge of the Father. For humanity, too, is an actual part of the whole.

θεραπεῦσαι καὶ διδάξαι τοὺς πάσχοντας

Ὥσπερ ταῖς ἑαυτοῦ δυνάμεσιν ὅλος ἐν ἑκάστῳ καὶ πᾶσιν ἐπιβαίνων καὶ πάντα διακοσμῶν ἀφθόνως͵ εἰ ἤθελε͵ διὰ ἡλίου ἢ σελήνης ἢ οὐρανοῦ ἢ γῆς ἢ ὑδάτων ἢ πυρὸς οὐκ ἄν τις ἀτόπως αὐτὸν φωνῇ χρήσασθαι καὶ γνωρίσαι ἑαυτὸν καὶ τὸν αὐτοῦ Πατέρα ἔφησε πεποιηκέναι, ἅπαξ πάντα αὐτοῦ συνέχοντος καὶ μετὰ πάντων καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ τῷ μέρει τυγχάνοντος καὶ ἀοράτως ἑαυτὸν δεικνύντος· οὕτως οὐκ ἄτοπον ἂν εἴη διακοσμοῦντα αὐτὸν τὰ πάντα καὶ τὰ ὅλα ζωοποιοῦντα καὶ θελήσαντα δι΄ ἀνθρώπων γνωρίσαι͵ εἰ ὀργάνῳ κέχρηται ἀνθρώπου σώματι πρὸς φανέρωσιν ἀληθείας καὶ γνῶσιν τοῦ Πατρός. Μέρος γὰρ τοῦ ὅλου καὶ ἡ ἀνθρωπότης τυγχάνει.

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