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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Remains of the Second and Third Centuries.: Part III

Early Church Fathers  Index     

III.

From the Discourse on the Cross. 3592

On these accounts He came to us; on these accounts, though He was incorporeal, He formed for Himself a body after our fashion, 3593 —appearing as a sheep, yet still remaining the Shepherd; being esteemed a servant, yet not renouncing the Sonship; being carried in the womb of Mary, yet arrayed in the nature of His Father; treading upon the earth, yet filling heaven; appearing as an infant, yet not discarding the eternity of His nature; being invested with a body, yet not circumscribing the unmixed simplicity of His Godhead; being esteemed poor, yet not divested of His riches; needing sustenance inasmuch as He was man, yet not ceasing to feed the entire world inasmuch as He is God; putting on the likeness of a servant, yet not impairing 3594 the likeness of His Father.  He sustained every character 3595 belonging to Him in an immutable nature:  He was standing before Pilate, and at the same time was sitting with His Father; He was nailed upon the tree, and yet was the Lord of all things.


Footnotes

756:3592

By the same.

756:3593

Or “wove—a body from our material.”

756:3594

Lit. “changing.”

756:3595

Lit. “He was everything.”


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