|Fragment number||Vinzent 109
|Ancient source used||Eusebius, Against Marcellus 2.2,4. On Ecclesiastical Theology 2.8,11;3.10.|
|Modern edition||M. Vinzent, Markell von Ankyra: Die Fragmente (Leiden, 1997).|
But if anyone should ask about this flesh which has been made immortal by the Word, what shall we say to him? That we consider it to be unsafe to set up dogmas about things we have not learned with exactness from the Divine Scriptures. How is it possible to set up dogmas while also overthrowing the dogmas of others? But to those who want to learn from us the exact word about this we say that convinced by the holy apostle we know that it is fitting that we look at the hidden mysteries, as he said, “Now we see in a reflection through a mirror, but then we will see face to face. Now we know in part, and then we will know fully, just as we also were fully known” (1 Cor 13:12). So do not ask me about things which I have not clearly learned from the Divine Scriptures. For because of this I will not be able to speak clearly about that flesh’s divine fellowship with the divine Word.
Now I believe the Divine Scriptures that there is one God and that his Word went forth from the Father so that “through him all things were made” (Jn 1:3). And after the time of judgment and the restoration of all things and the obliteration of every opposing activity, “then he will be subjected to the one who subjected all things to him” (1 Cor 15:28), “God the Father” (1 Cor 15:24), so that in this way the Word may be in God just as he previously was before the universe existed. For previously when there was nothing but God alone, and when everything was about to come to be through the Word, the Word went forth for an efficacious activity because this Word was that of the Father.
Translated by AMJ
Last updated: 8-29-2012
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