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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. VIII:
De Spiritu Sancto.: The glorifying of the enumeration of His attributes.

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Chapter XXIII.

The glorifying of the enumeration of His attributes.

54. 1179   Now of the rest of the Powers each p. 35 is believed to be in a circumscribed place.  The angel who stood by Cornelius 1180 was not at one and the same moment with Philip; 1181 nor yet did the angel who spoke with Zacharias from the altar at the same time occupy his own post in heaven.  But the Spirit is believed to have been operating at the same time in Habakkuk and in Daniel at Babylon, 1182 and to have been at the prison with Jeremiah, 1183 and with Ezekiel at the Chebar. 1184   For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world, 1185 and “whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” 1186   And, in the words of the Prophet, “For I am with you, saith the Lord…and my spirit remaineth among you.” 1187   But what nature is it becoming to assign to Him who is omnipresent, and exists together with God?  The nature which is all-embracing, or one which is confined to particular places, like that which our argument shews the nature of angels to be?  No one would so say.  Shall we not then highly exalt Him who is in His nature divine, in His greatness infinite, in His operations powerful, in the blessings He confers, good?  Shall we not give Him glory?  And I understand glory to mean nothing else than the enumeration of the wonders which are His own.  It follows then that either we are forbidden by our antagonists even to mention the good things which flow to us from Him. or on the other hand that the mere recapitulation of His attributes is the fullest possible attribution of glory.  For not even in the case of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Only begotten Son, are we capable of giving Them glory otherwise than by recounting, to the extent of our powers, all the wonders that belong to Them.



Here the Benedictine Editors begin Chapter xxiii., remarking that they do so “cum plures mss. codices. tum ipsam sermonis seriem et continuationem secuti.  Liquet enim hic Basilium ad aliud argumentum transire.”  Another division of the text makes Chapter XXIII. begin with the words “But I do not mean by glory.”


Acts x. 3.


Acts viii. 26.


Bel and the Dragon 34.


Jer. xx. 2, LXX.  εἰς τὸν καταῤ& 191·άκτην ὁς ἦν ἐν πύλῃ.  Καταῤ& 191·άκτης τῶν πυλῶν occurs in Dion. Halic. viii. 67, in the same sense as the Latin cataracta (Livy xxvii. 27) a portcullis.  The Vulgate has in nervum, which may either be gyve or gaol.  The Hebrew="stocks", as in A.V. and R.V. καταῤ& 191·άκτης in the text of Basil and the lxx. may be assumed to mean prison, from the notion of the barred grating over the door.  cf. Ducange s.v. cataracta.


Ez. i. 1.


Wis. i. 7.


Ps. xxxix. 7.


Hag. 2:4, 5.

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