by St Ephrem the Syrian
Circa 4th Century
The Most High knew that Adam had wanted to become
a god, so He sent His Son
who put him on in order to grant him his desire.
Free will succeeded in making Adam's beauty ugly, for he, a man, sought to
become a god.
Grace, however, made beautiful his deformities and God came to become a man.
Divinity flew down to draw humanity up.
For the Son had made beautiful the deformities of the servant and so he has
become a god, just as he desired.
Far more glorious than the body is the soul, and more glorious still than
the soul is the spirit, but more hidden than the spirit is the Godhead.
At the end, the body will put on the beauty of the soul, the soul will put
on that of the spirit, while the spirit will put on the very likeness of
He gave us divinity,
we gave Him humanity.
Quoted Hymns on Faith, Hymns of Paradise, Hymns
on Virginity, and Nisibene Hymns as found in The Luminous Eye - The Spiritual
World Vision of Saint Ephrem the Syrian
(1985 - Sebasatian Brock - pages 152-154)
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