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On the depth of God's being

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John of Damascus


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That the Deity is incomprehensible, and that we ought not to pry into and meddle with the things
which have not been delivered to us by the holy Prophets, and Apostles, and Evangelists.


No one hath seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him . The Deity, therefore, is ineffable and incomprehensible. For no one knoweth the Father, save the Son, nor the Son, save the Father .

And the Holy Spirit, too, so knows the things of God as the spirit of the man knows the things that are in him . Moreover, after the first and blessed nature no one, not of men only, but even of supramundane powers, and the Cherubim, I say, and Seraphim themselves, has ever known God, save he to whom He revealed Himself.


Chapter 8
Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

This [the denial of the Eternal Son] is the worst form of blasphemy.
For we may not speak of God as destitute of natural generative power:
and generative power means, the power of producing from one’s self, that is to say,
from one’s own proper essence, that which is like in nature to one’s self

Roberts, Alexander and Donaldson, James,
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers,
Second Series: Volume IX




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