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Bulgakov. Divine Motherhood Category: Theosis …between created and uncreated…

God. Trinity
In the works of Saint John of Damascus

6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Ис 41, 4. Ис 48, 12. Откр 1, 17. Откр 22, 13.

Concerning the Holy Trinity

Chapter VIII. Concerning the Holy Trinity

We believe, then, in One God, one beginning, having no beginning, uncreate, unbegotten, imperishable and immortal, everlasting, infinite, uncircumscribed, boundless, of infinite power, simple, uncompound, incorporeal, without flux, passionless, unchangeable, unalterable, unseen, the fountain of goodness and justice, the light of the mind, inaccessible; a power known by no measure, measurable only by His own will alone (for all things that He wills He can, Psa 135:6) creator of all created things, seen or unseen, of all the maintainer and preserver, for all the provider, master and lord and king over all, with an endless and immortal kingdom: having no contrary, filling all, by nothing encompassed, but rather Himself the encompasser and maintainer and original possessor of the universe, occupying all essences intact and extending beyond all things, and being separate from all essence as being super-essential and above all things and absolute God, absolute goodness, and absolute fulness: determining all sovereignties and ranks, being placed above all sovereignty and rank, above essence and life and word and thought: being Himself very light and goodness and life and essence, inasmuch as He does not derive His being from another, that is to say, of those things that exist: but being Himself the fountain of being to all that is, of life to the living, of reason to those that have reason; to all the cause of all good: perceiving all things even before they have becomë one essence, one divinity, one power, one will, one energy, one beginning, one authority, one dominion, one sovereignty, made known in three perfect subsistences anti adored with one adoration, believed in and ministered to by all rational creation, united without confusion and divided without separation (which indeed transcends thought). (We believe) in Father and Son and Holy Spirit whereinto also we have been baptized. For so our Lord commanded the Apostles to baptize, saying, Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat 28:19).

(We believe) in one Father, the beginning, and cause of all: begotten of no onë without cause or generation, alone subsisting: creator of all: but Father of one only by nature, His Only-begotten Son and our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, and Producer of the most Holy Spirit. And in one Son of God, the Only-begotten, our Lord, Jesus Christ: begotten of the Father, before all the ages: Light of Light, true God of true God: begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, through Whom all things are madë and when we say He was before all the ages we shew that His birth is without time or beginning: for the Son of God was not brought into being out of nothing, He that is the effulgence of the glory, the impress of the Father's subsistence (Heb 1:3), the living wisdom and power (1Co 1:24), the Word possessing interior subsistence, the essential and perfect and living image of the unseen God (Col 1:15). But always He was with the Father and in Him, everlastingly and without beginning begotten of Him. For there never was a time when the Father was and the Son was not, but always the Father and always the Son, Who was begotten of Him, existed together. For He could not have received the name Father apart from the Son: for if He were without the Son, He could not be the Father: and if He thereafter had the Son, thereafter He became the Father, not having been the Father prior to this, and He was changed from that which was not the Father and became the Father. This 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 oné's self, that is to say, from oné's own proper essence, that which is like in nature to oné's self.

In treating, then, of the generation of the Son, it is an act of impiety to say that time comes into play and that the existence of the Son is of later origin than the Father. For we hold that it is from Him, that is, from the Father's nature, that the Son is generated. And unless we grant that the Son co-existed from the beginning with the Father, by Whom He was begotten, we introduce change into the Father's subsistence, because, not being the Father, He subsequently became the Father. For the creation, even though it originated later, is nevertheless not derived from the essence of God, but is brought into existence out of nothing by His will and power, and change does not touch God's nature. For generation means that the begetter produces out of his essence offspring similar in essence. But creation and making mean that the creator and maker produces from that which is external, and not out of his own essence, a creation of an absolutely dissimilar nature.

Wherefore in God, Who alone is passionless and unalterable, and immutable, and ever so continueth, both begetting and creating are passionless. For being by nature passionless and not liable to flux, since He is simple and uncompound, He is not subject to passion or flux either in begetting or in creating, nor has He need of any co-operation. But generation in Him is without beginning and everlasting, being the work of nature and producing out of His own essence, that the Begetter may not undergo change, and that He may not be God first and God last, nor receive any accession: while creation in the case of God, being the work of will, is not co-eternal with God. For it is not natural that that which is brought into existence out of nothing should be co-eternal with what is without beginning and everlasting. There is this difference in fact between man's making and God's. Man can bring nothing into existence out of nothing, but all that he makes requires pre-existing matter for its basis, and he does not create it by will only, but thinks out first what it is to be and pictures it in his mind, and only then fashions it with his hands, undergoing labour and troubles, and often missing the mark and failing to produce to his satisfaction that after which he strives. But God, through the exercise of will alone, has brought all things into existence out of nothing. Now there is the same difference between God and man in begetting and generating. For in God, Who is without time and beginning, passionless, not liable to flux, incorporeal, alone and without end, generation is without time and beginning, passionless and not liable to flux, nor dependent on the union of twö nor has His own incomprehensible generation beginning or end. And it is without beginning because He is immutablë without flux because He is passionless and incorporeal: independent of the union of two again because He is incorporeal but also because He is the one and only God, and stands in need of no co-operation: and without end or cessation because He is without beginning, or time, or end, and ever continues the same. For that which has no beginning has no end: but that which through grace is endless is assuredly not without beginning, as, witness, the angels.

Accordingly the everlasting God generates His own Word which is perfect, without beginning and without end, that God, Whose nature and existence are above time, may not engender in time. But with man clearly it is otherwise, for generation is with him a matter of sex, and destruction and flux and increase and body clothe him round about, and he possesses a nature which is male or female. For the male requires the assistance of the female. But may He Who surpasses all, and transcends all thought and comprehension, be gracious to us.

The holy catholic and apostolic Church, then, teaches the existence at once of a Father: and of His Only-begotten Son, born of Him without time and flux and passion, in a manner incomprehensible and perceived by the God of the universe alonë just as we recognise the existence at once of fire and the light which proceeds from it: for there is not first fire and thereafter light, but they exist together. And just as light is ever the product of fire, and ever is in it and at no time is separate from it, so in like manner also the Son is begotten of the Father and is never in any ways separate from Him, but ever is in Him. But whereas the light which is produced from fire without separation, and abideth ever in it, has no proper subsistence of its own distinct from that of fire (for it is a natural quality of fire), the Only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father without separation and difference and ever abiding in Him, has a proper subsistence of its own distinct froth that of the Father.

The terms, 'Word' and 'effulgence,' then, are used because He is begotten of the Father without the union of two, or passion, or time, or flux, or separation: and the terms 'Son' and 'impress of the Father's subsistence,' because He is perfect and has subsistence s and is in all respects similar to the Father, save that the Father is not begotten: and the term 'Only-begotten' because He alone was begotten alone of the Father alone. For no other generation is like to the generation of the Son of God, since no other is Son of God. For though the Holy Spirit proceedeth from the Father, yet this is not generative in character but processional. This is a different mode of existence, alike incomprehensible and unknown, just as is the generation of the Son. Wherefore all the qualities the Father has are the Son's, save that the Father is unbegotten, and this exception involves no difference in essence nor dignity, but only a different mode of coming into existence. We have an analogy in Adam, who was not begotten (for God Himself moulded him), and Seth, who was begotten (for he is Adam's son), and Eve, who proceeded out of Adam''s rib (for she was not begotten). These do not differ from each other in nature, for they are human beings: but they differ in the mode of coming into existence.

For one must recognise that the word agenhGon with only one ' n ' signifies «uncreate» or «not having been made,» while agennhGon written with double ' n ' means «unbegotten». According to the first significance essence differs from essencë for one essence is uncreate, or agenhGon with one ' n ,' and another is create or genhGh. But in the second significance there is no difference between essence and essence. For the first subsistence of all kinds of living creatures is agennhGos but not agenhGos. For they were created by the Creator, being brought into being by His Word, but they were not begotten, for there was no pre-existing form like themselves from which they might have been born.

So then in the first sense of the word the three absolutely divine subsistences of the Holy Godhead agreë for they exist as one in essence and uncreate. But with the second signification it is quite otherwise. For the Father alone is ingenerate, no other subsistence having given Him being. And the Son alone is generate, for He was begotten of the Father's essence without beginning and without time. And only the Holy Spirit proceedeth from the Father's essence, not having been generated but simply proceeding (Jhn 15:26). For this is the doctrine of Holy Scripture. But the nature of the generation and the procession is quite beyond comprehension.

And this also it behoves us to know, that the names Fatherhood, Sonship and Procession, were not applied to the Holy Godhead by us: on the contrary, they were communicated to us by the Godhead, as the divine apostle says, Wherefore I bow the knee to the Father, from Whom is every family in heaven and on earth (Eph 3:14–15).

But if we say that the Father is the origin of the Son and greater than the Son, we do not suggest any precedence in time or superiority in nature of the Father over the Son (Jhn 14:28), (for through His agency He made the ages, Heb 1:2), or superiority in any other respect save causation. And we mean by this, that the Son is begotten of the Father and not the Father of the Son, and that the Father naturally is the cause of the Son: just as we say in the same way not that fire proceedeth from light, but rather light from fire. So then, whenever we hear it said that the Father is the origin of the Son and greater than the Son, let us understand it to mean in respect of causation. And just as we do not say that fire is of one essence and light of another, so we cannot say that the Father is of one essence and the Son of another: but both are of one and the same essence. And just as we say that fire has brightness through the light proceeding from it, and do not consider the light of the fire as an instrument ministering to the fire, but rather as its natural force so we say that the Father creates all that He creates through His Only-begotten Son, not as though the Son were a mere instrument serving the Father's ends, but as His natural and subsistential force. And just as we say both that the fire shines and again that the light of the fire shines, So all things whatsoever the Father doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (Jhn 5:19). But whereas light possesses no proper subsistence of its own, distinct from that of the fire, the Son is a perfect subsistence, inseparable from the Father's subsistence, as we have shewn above. For it is quite impossible to find in creation an image that will illustrate in itself exactly in all details the nature of the Holy Trinity. For how could that which is create and compound, subject to flux and change, circumscribed, formed and corruptible, clearly shew forth the super-essential divine essence, unaffected as it is in any of these ways? Now it is evident that all creation is liable to most of these affections, and all from its very nature is subject to corruption.

Likewise we believe also in one Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Lifë Who proceedeth from the Father and resteth in the Son: the object of equal adoration and glorification with the Father and Son, since He is co-essential and co-eternal: the Spirit of God, direct, authoritative, the fountain of wisdom, and life, and holiness: God existing and addressed along with Father and Son: uncreate, full, creative, all-ruling, all-effecting, all-powerful, of infinite power, Lord of all creation and not under any lord: deifying, not deified: filling, not filled: shared in, not sharing in: sanctifying, not sanctified: the intercessor, receiving the supplications of all: in all things like to the Father and Son: proceeding from the Father and communicated through the Son, and participated in by all creation, through Himself creating, and investing with essence and sanctifying, and maintaining the universe having subsistence, existing in its own proper and peculiar subsistence, inseparable and indivisible from Father and Son, and possessing all the qualities that the Father and Son possess, save that of not being begotten or born. For the Father is without canst and unborn: for He is derived from nothing, but derives from Himself His being, nor does He derive a single quality from another. Rather He is Himself the beginning and cause of the existence of all things in a definite and natural manner. But the Son is derived from the Father after the manner of generation, and the Holy Spirit likewise is derived from the Father, yet not after the manner of generation, but after that of procession. And we have learned that there is a difference between generation and procession, but the nature of that difference we in no wise understand. Further, the generation of the Son from the Father and the procession of the Holy Spirit are simultaneous.

All then that the Son and the Spirit have is from the Father, even their very being: and unless the Father is, neither the Son nor the Spirit is. And unless the Father possesses a certain attribute, neither the Son nor the Spirit possesses it: and through the Father, that is, because of the Father's existence, the Son and the Spirit exist, and through the Father, that is, because of the Father having the qualities, the Son and the Spirit have all their qualities, those of being unbegotten, and of birth and of procession being excepted. For in these hypostatic or personal properties alone do the three holy subsistences differ from each other, being indivisibly divided not by essence but by the distinguishing mark of their proper and peculiar subsistence.

Further we say that each of the three has a perfect subsistence, that we may understand not one compound perfect nature made up of three imperfect elements, but one simple essence, surpassing and preceding perfection, existing in three perfect subsistences. For all that is composed of imperfect elements must necessarily be compound. But from perfect subsistences no compound can arise. Wherefore we do not speak of the form as from subsistences, but as in subsistences. But we speak of those things as imperfect which do not preserve the form of that which is completed out of them. For stone and wood and iron are each perfect in its own nature, but with reference to the building that is completed out of them each is imperfect: for none of them is in itself a house.

The subsistences then we say are perfect, that we may not conceive of the divine nature as compound. For compoundness is the beginning of separation. And again we speak of the three subsistences as being in each other, that we may not introduce a crowd and multitude of Gods. Owing to the three subsistences, there is no compoundness or confusion: while, owing to their having the same essence and dwelling in one another, and being the same in will, and energy, and power, and authority, and movement, so to speak, we recognise the indivisibility and the unity of God. For verily there is one God, and His word and Spirit.

Marg. MS. Concerning the distinction of the three subsistences: and concerning the thing itself and our reason and thought in relation to it.

One ought, moreover, to recognise that it is one thing to look at a matter as it is, and another thing to look at it in the light of reason and thought. In the case of all created things, the distinction of the subsistences is observed in actual fact. For in actual fact Peter is seen to be separate from Paul. But the community and connection and unity are apprehended by reason and thought. For it is by the mind that we perceive that Peter and Paul are of the same nature and have one common nature. For both are living creatures, rational and mortal: and both are flesh, endowed with the spirit of reason and understanding. It is, then, by reason that this community of nature is observed. For here indeed the subsistences do not exist one within the other. But each privately and individually, that is to say, in itself, stands quite separate, having very many points that divide it from the other. For they are both separated in space and differ in time, and are divided in thought, and power, and shape, or form, and habit, and temperament and dignity, and pursuits, and all differentiating properties, but above all, in the fact that they do not dwell in one another but are separated. Hence it comes that we can speak of two, three, or many men.

And this may be perceived throughout the whole of creation, but in the case of the holy and superessential and incomprehensible Trinity, far removed from everything, it is quite the reverse. For there the community and unity are observed in fact, through the co-eternity of the subsistences, and through their having the same essence and energy and will and concord of mind, and then being identical in authority and power and goodness – I do not say similar but identical – and then movement by one impulse. For there is one essence, one goodness, one power, one will, one energy, one authority, one and the same, I repeat, not three resembling each other. But the three subsistences have one and the same movement. For each one of them is related as closely to the other as to itself: that is to say that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one in all respects, save those of not being begotten, of birth and of procession. But it is by thought that the difference is perceived. For we recognise one God: but only in the attributes of Fatherhood, Sonship, and Procession, both in respect of cause and effect and perfection of subsistence, that is, manner of existence, do we perceive difference. For with reference to the uncircumscribed Deity we cannot speak of separation in space, as we can in our own case. For the subsistences dwell in one another, in no wise confused but cleaving together, according to the word of the Lord, I am in the father, and the father in Me (Jhn 14:11); nor can one admit difference in will or judgment or energy or power or anything else whatsoever which may produce actual and absolute separation in our case. Wherefore we do not speak of three Gods, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but rather of one God, the holy Trinity, the Son and Spirit being referred to one cause, and not compounded or coalesced according to the synaeresis of Sabellius. For, as we said, they are made one not so as to commingle, but so as to cleave to each other, and they have their being in each other without any coalescence or commingling. Nor do the Son and the Spirit stand apart, nor are they sundered in essence according to the diaeresis of Arias. For the Deity is undivided amongst things divided, to put it concisely: and it is just like three suns cleaving to each other without separation and giving out light mingled and conjoined into one. When, then, we turn our eyes to the Divinity, and the first cause and the sovereignty and the oneness anti sameness, so to speak, of the movement and will of the Divinity, and the identity in essence and power and energy and lordship, what is seen by us is unity. But when we look to those things in which the Divinity is, or, to put it more accurately, which are the Divinity, and those things which are in it through the first cause without time or distinction in glory or separation, that is to say, the subsistences of the Son and the Spirit, it seems to us a Trinity that we adore. The Father is one Father, and without beginning, that is, without cause for He is not derived from anything. The Son is one Son, but not without beginning, that is, not without causë for He is derived from the Father. But if you eliminate the idea of a beginning from time, He is also without beginning: for the creator of times cannot be subject to time. The Holy Spirit is one Spirit, going forth from the Father, not in the manner of Sonship but of procession; so that neither has the Father lost His property of being unbegotten because He hath begotten, nor has the Son lost His property of being begotten because He was begotten of that which was unbegotten (for how could that be so?), nor does the Spirit change either into the Father or into the Son because He hath proceeded and is God. For a property is quite constant. For how could a property persist if it were variable, moveable, and could change into something else? For if the Father is the Son, He is not strictly the Father: for there is strictly one Father. And if the Son is the Father, He is not strictly the Son: for there is strictly one Son and one Holy Spirit.

Further, it should be understood that we do not speak of the Father as derived from any one, but we speak of Him as the Father of the Son. And we do not speak of the Son as Cause or Father, but we speak of Him both as from the Father, and as the Son of the Father. And we speak likewise of the Holy Spirit as from the Father, and call Him the Spirit of the Father. And we do not speak of the Spirit as from the Son: s but yet we call Him the Spirit of the Son. For if any one hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His, saith the divine apostle (Rom 8:9). And we confess that He is manifested and imparted to us through the Son. For He breathed upon His Disciples, says he, and said, Receive ye the Holy Spirit (Jhn 20:22). It is just the same as in the case of the sun from which come both the ray and the radiance (for the sun itself is the source of both the ray and the radiance), and it is through the ray that the radiance is imparted to us, and it is the radiance itself by which we are lightened and in which we participate. Further we do not speak of the Son of the Spirit, or of the Son as derived from the Spirit.

ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟN 8. Περὶ τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος

Πιστεύομεν τοιγαροῦν εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, μίαν ἀρχὴν ἄναρχον, ἄκτιστον, ἀγέννητον ἀνόλεθρόν τε καὶ ἀθάνατον, αἰώνιον, ἄπειρον, ἀπερίγραπτον, ἀπεριόριστον, ἀπειροδύναμον, ἁπλῆν, ἀσύνθετον, ἀσώματον, ἄρρευστον, ἀπαθῆ, ἄτρεπτον, ἀναλλοίωτον, ἀόρατον, πηγὴν ἀγαθότητος καὶ δικαιοσύνης, φῶς νοερόν, ἀπρόσιτον, δύναμιν οὐδενὶ μέτρῳ γνωριζομένην, μόνῳ δὲ τῷ οἰκείῳ βουλήματι μετρουμένην –πάντα γάρ, ὅσα θέλει, δύναται– πάντων κτισμάτων ὁρατῶν τε καὶ ἀοράτων ποιητικήν, πάντων συνεκτικὴν καὶ συντηρητικήν, πάντων προνοητικήν, πάντων κρατοῦσαν καὶ ἄρχουσαν καὶ βασιλεύουσαν ἀτελευτήτῳ καὶ ἀθανάτῳ βασιλείᾳ, μηδὲν ἐναντίον ἔχουσαν, πάντα πληροῦσαν, ὑπ᾿ οὐδενὸς περιεχομένην, αὐτὴν δὲ μᾶλλον περιέχουσαν τὰ σύμπαντα καὶ συνέχουσαν καὶ προέχουσαν· ἀχράντως ταῖς ὅλαις οὐσίαις ἐπιβατεύουσαν καὶ πάντων ἐπέκεινα καὶ πάσης οὐσίας ἐξῃρημένην ὡς ὑπερούσιον καὶ ὑπὲρ τὰ ὄντα οὖσαν, ὑπέρθεον, ὑπεράγαθον, ὑπερπλήρη, τὰς ὅλας ἀρχὰς καὶ τάξεις ἀφορίζουσαν καὶ πάσης ἀρχῆς καὶ τάξεως ὑπεριδρυμένην ὑπὲρ οὐσίαν καὶ ζωὴν καὶ λόγον καὶ ἔννοιαν, αὐτοφῶς, αὐτοαγαθότητα, αὐτοζωήν, αὐτοουσίαν ὡς μὴ παρ᾿ ἑτέρου τὸ εἶναι ἔχουσαν ἤ τι τῶν ὅσα ἐστίν, αὐτὴν δὲ πηγὴν οὖσαν τοῦ εἶναι τοῖς οὖσι, τοῖς ζῶσι τῆς ζωῆς, τοῖς λόγου μετέχουσι τοῦ λόγου, τοῖς πᾶσι πάντων ἀγαθῶν αἰτίαν· πάντα εἰδυῖαν πρὶν γενέσεως αὐτῶν· μίαν οὐσίαν, μίαν θεότητα, μίαν δύναμιν, μίαν θέλησιν, μίαν ἐνέργειαν, μίαν ἀρχήν, μίαν ἐξουσίαν, μίαν κυριότητα, μίαν βασιλείαν, ἐν τρισὶ τελείαις ὑποστάσεσι γνωριζομένην τε καὶ προσκυνουμένην μιᾷ προσκυνήσει πιστευομένην τε καὶ λατρευομένην ὑπὸ πάσης λογικῆς κτίσεως ἀσυγχύτως ἡνωμέναις καὶ ἀδιαστάτως διαιρουμέναις· ὃ καὶ παράδοξον· εἰς Πατέρα καὶ Υἱὸν καὶ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, εἰς ἃ καὶ βεβαπτίσμεθα· οὕτω γὰρ ὁ Κύριος τοῖς ἀποστόλοις βαπτίζειν ἐνετείλατο· «Βαπτίζοντες αὐτούς», φάσκων, «εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος». Εἰς ἕνα Πατέρα, τὴν πάντων ἀρχὴν καὶ αἰτίαν, οὐκ ἔκ τινος γεννηθέντα, ἀναίτιον δὲ καὶ ἀγέννητον μόνον ὑπάρχοντα, πάντων μὲν ποιητήν, ἑνὸς δὲ μόνου Πατέρα φύσει τοῦ μονογενοῦς Υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ, Κυρίου δὲ καὶ Θεοῦ καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ προβολέα τοῦ Παναγίου Πνεύματος. Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν Κύριον ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων, φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι᾿ οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο. «Πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων» λέγοντες δείκνυμεν, ὅτι ἄχρονος καὶ ἄναρχος αὐτοῦ ἡ γέννησις· οὐ γὰρ ἐκ τοῦ μὴ ὄντος εἰς τὸ εἶναι παρήχθη ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, τὸ ἀπαύγασμα τῆς δόξης, ὁ χαρακτὴρ τῆς τοῦ Πατρὸς ὑποστάσεως, ἡ ζῶσα σοφία καὶ δύναμις, ὁ λόγος ὁ ἐνυπόστατος, ἡ οὐσιώδης καὶ τελεία καὶ ζῶσα εἰκὼν τοῦ ἀοράτου Θεοῦ, ἀλλ᾿ ἀεὶ ἦν σὺν τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ ἀιδίως καὶ ἀνάρχως ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγεννημένος· οὐ γὰρ ἦν ποτε ὁ Πατήρ, ὅτε οὐκ ἦν ὁ Υἱός, ἀλλ᾿ ἅμα Πατήρ, ἅμα Υἱὸς ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγεννημένος· Πατὴρ γὰρ ἐκτὸς Υἱοῦ οὐκ ἂν κληθείη. Εἰ δὲ ἦν μὴ ἔχων Υἱόν, οὐκ ἦν Πατήρ, καὶ εἰ μετὰ ταῦτα ἔσχεν Υἱόν, μετὰ ταῦτα ἐγένετο Πατὴρ μὴ ὢν πρὸ τούτου Πατὴρ καὶ ἐτράπη ἐκ τοῦ μὴ εἶναι Πατὴρ εἰς τὸ γενέσθαι Πατήρ, ὅπερ πάσης βλασφημίας ἐστὶ χαλεπώτερον. Ἀδύνατον γὰρ τὸν Θεὸν εἰπεῖν ἔρημον τῆς φυσικῆς γονιμότητος· ἡ δὲ γονιμότης τὸ ἐξ αὐτοῦ ἤγουν ἐκ τῆς ἰδίας οὐσίας ὅμοιον κατὰ φύσιν γεννᾶν. Ἐπὶ μὲν οὖν τῆς τοῦ Υἱοῦ γεννήσεως ἀσεβὲς λέγειν χρόνον μεσιτεῦσαι ἢ μετὰ τὸν Πατέρα τὴν τοῦ Υἱοῦ γενέσθαι ὕπαρξιν. Ἐξ αὐτοῦ γὰρ, ἤγουν τῆς τοῦ Πατρὸς φύσεώς φαμεν τὴν τοῦ Υἱοῦ γέννησιν. Καὶ εἰ μὴ ἐξ ἀρχῆς δῶμεν τὸν Υἱὸν συνυπάρχειν τῷ Πατρὶ ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγεννημένον, τροπὴν τῆς τοῦ Πατρὸς ὑποστάσεως παρεισάγομεν· ὅτι μὴ ὢν Πατὴρ ὕστερον ἐγένετο Πατήρ· ἡ γὰρ κτίσις, εἰ καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα γέγονεν, ἀλλ᾿ οὐκ ἐκ τῆς τοῦ Θεοῦ οὐσίας, ἐκ δὲ τοῦ μὴ ὄντος εἰς τὸ εἶναι βουλήσει καὶ δυνάμει αὐτοῦ παρήχθη, καὶ οὐχ ἅπτεται τροπὴ τῆς τοῦ Θεοῦ φύσεως. Γέννησις μὲν γάρ ἐστι τὸ ἐκ τῆς οὐσίας τοῦ γεννῶντος προάγεσθαι τὸ γεννώμενον ὅμοιον κατ᾿ οὐσίαν, κτίσις δὲ καὶ ποίησις τὸ ἔξωθεν καὶ οὐκ ἐκ τῆς οὐσίας τοῦ κτίζοντος καὶ ποιοῦντος γίνεσθαι τὸ κτιζόμενον καὶ ποιούμενον ἀνόμοιον παντελῶς. Ἐπὶ μὲν οὖν τοῦ μόνου ἀπαθοῦς καὶ ἀναλλοιώτου καὶ ἀτρέπτου καὶ ἀεὶ ὡσαύτως ἔχοντος Θεοῦ καὶ τὸ γεννᾶν καὶ τὸ κτίζειν ἀπαθές· φύσει γὰρ ὢν ἀπαθὴς καὶ ἄρρευστος ὡς ἁπλοῦς καὶ ἀσύνθετος, οὐ πέφυκεν ὑπομένειν πάθος ἢ ῥεῦσιν οὔτε ἐν τῷ γεννᾶν οὔτε ἐν τῷ κτίζειν οὐδέ τινος συνεργίας δεῖται, ἀλλ᾿ ἡ μὲν γέννησις ἄναρχος καὶ ἀΐδιος φύσεως ἔργον οὖσα καὶ ἐκ τῆς οὐσίας αὐτοῦ προάγουσα, ἵνα τροπὴν ὁ γεννῶν μὴ ὑπομείνῃ καὶ ἵνα μὴ Θεὸς πρῶτος καὶ Θεὸς ὕστερος εἴη καὶ προσθήκην δέξηται. Ἡ δὲ κτίσις ἐπὶ Θεοῦ θελήσεως ἔργον οὖσα οὐ συναΐδιός ἐστι τῷ Θεῷ, ἐπειδὴ οὐ πέφυκε τὸ ἐκ τοῦ μὴ ὄντος εἰς τὸ εἶναι παραγόμενον συναΐδιον εἶναι τῷ ἀνάρχῳ καὶ ἀεὶ ὄντι. Ὥσπερ τοίνυν οὐχ ὁμοίως ποιεῖ ἄνθρωπος καὶ Θεός –ὁ μὲν γὰρ ἄνθρωπος οὐδὲν ἐκ τοῦ μὴ ὄντος εἰς τὸ εἶναι παράγει, ἀλλ᾿ ὅπερ ποιεῖ ἐκ προϋποκειμένης ὕλης ποιεῖ, οὐ θελήσας μόνον ἀλλὰ καὶ προεπινοήσας, καὶ ἐν τῷ νῷ ἀνατυπώσας τὸ γενησόμενον, εἶτα καὶ χερσὶν ἐργασάμενος καὶ κόπον ὑπομείνας καὶ κάματον, πολλάκις δὲ καὶ ἀστοχήσας μὴ ἀποβάντος, καθὰ βούλεται τοῦ ἐπιτηδεύματος· ὁ δὲ Θεὸς θελήσας μόνον ἐκ τοῦ μὴ ὄντος εἰς τὸ εἶναι τὰ πάντα παρήγαγεν– οὕτως οὐδὲ ὁμοίως γεννᾷ Θεὸς καὶ ἄνθρωπος. Ὁ μὲν γὰρ Θεὸς ἄχρονος ὢν καὶ ἄναρχος καὶ ἀπαθὴς καὶ ἄρρευστος καὶ ἀσώματος καὶ μόνος καὶ ἀτελεύτητος ἀχρόνως καὶ ἀνάρχως καὶ ἀπαθῶς καὶ ἀρρεύστως γεννᾷ καὶ ἐκτὸς συνδυασμοῦ· καὶ οὔτε ἀρχὴν ἔχει ἡ ἀκατάληπτος αὐτοῦ γέννησις, οὔτε τέλος. Καὶ ἀνάρχως μὲν διὰ τὸ ἄτρεπτον, ἀρρεύστως δὲ διὰ τὸ ἀπαθὲς καὶ ἀσώματον· ἐκτὸς δὲ συνδυασμοῦ διά τε τὸ ἀσώματον πάλιν καὶ ἕνα μόνον εἶναι Θεὸν ἀπροσδεῆ ἑτέρου· ἀτελευτήτως δὲ καὶ ἀκαταπαύστως διά τε τὸ ἄναρχον καὶ ἄχρονον καὶ ἀτελεύτητον καὶ ἀεὶ ὡσαύτως ἔχειν· τὸ γὰρ ἄναρχον ἀτελεύτητον, τὸ δὲ χάριτι ἀτελεύτητον οὐ πάντως ἄναρχον ὥσπερ οἱ ἄγγελοι. Γεννᾷ τοίνυν ὁ ἀεὶ ὢν Θεὸς τὸν ἑαυτοῦ Λόγον τέλειον ὄντα ἀνάρχως καὶ ἀτελευτήτως, ἵνα μὴ ἐν χρόνῳ τίκτῃ Θεὸς ὁ χρόνου ἀνωτέραν ἔχων τήν τε φύσιν καὶ τὴν ὕπαρξιν. Ὁ δὲ ἄνθρωπος δῆλον ὡς ἐναντίως γεννᾷ ὑπὸ γένεσιν τελῶν καὶ φθορὰν καὶ ῥεῦσιν καὶ πληθυσμὸν καὶ σῶμα περικείμενος καὶ τὸ ἄρρεν καὶ τὸ θῆλυ ἐν τῇ φύσει κεκτημένος· ἐνδεὲς γὰρ τὸ ἄρρεν τῆς τοῦ θήλεος βοηθείας. Ἀλλ᾿ ἵλεως εἴη ὁ πάντων ἐπέκεινα καὶ πᾶσαν νόησιν καὶ κατάληψιν ὑπερκείμενος.

Διδάσκει οὖν ἡ Ἁγία Καθολικὴ καὶ Ἀποστολικὴ Ἐκκλησία ἅμα Πατέρα καὶ ἅμα τὸν μονογενῆ αὐτοῦ Υἱὸν ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγεννημένον ἀχρόνως καὶ ἀρρεύστως καὶ ἀπαθῶς καὶ ἀκαταλήπτως, ὡς μόνος ὁ τῶν ὅλων οἶδε Θεός. Ὥσπερ ἅμα τὸ πῦρ καὶ ἅμα τὸ ἐξ αὐτοῦ φῶς, καὶ οὐ πρῶτον τὸ πῦρ καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα τὸ φῶς ἀλλ᾿ ἅμα· καὶ ὥσπερ τὸ φῶς ἐκ τοῦ πυρὸς ἀεὶ γεννώμενον ἀεὶ ἐν αὐτῷ ἐστι μηδαμῶς αὐτοῦ χωριζόμενον, οὕτω καὶ ὁ Υἱὸς ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννᾶται μηδαμῶς αὐτοῦ χωριζόμενος, ἀλλ᾿ ἀεὶ ἐν αὐτῷ ἐστιν. Ἀλλὰ τὸ μὲν φῶς ἐκ τοῦ πυρὸς γεννώμενον ἀχωρίστως, καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ ἀεὶ μένον οὐκ ἔχει ἰδίαν ὑπόστασιν παρὰ τὸ πῦρ –ποιότης γάρ ἐστι φυσικὴ τοῦ πυρός–, ὁ δὲ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ ὁ μονογενὴς ἐκ Πατρὸς γεννηθεὶς ἀχωρίστως καὶ ἀδιαστάτως καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ μένων ἀεὶ ἔχει ἰδίαν ὑπόστασιν παρὰ τὴν τοῦ Πατρός. Λόγος μὲν οὖν καὶ ἀπαύγασμα λέγεται διὰ τὸ ἄνευ συνδυασμοῦ καὶ ἀπαθῶς καὶ ἀχρόνως καὶ ἀρρεύστως καὶ ἀχωρίστως γεγεννῆσθαι ἐκ τοῦ Πατρός, Υἱὸς δὲ καὶ χαρακτὴρ τῆς πατρικῆς ὑποστάσεως διὰ τὸ τέλειον καὶ ἐνυπόστατον καὶ κατὰ πάντα ὅμοιον τῷ Πατρὶ εἶναι πλὴν τῆς ἀγεννησίας, μονογενὴς δέ, ὅτι μόνος ἐκ μόνου τοῦ Πατρὸς μόνως ἐγεννήθη. Οὐδὲ γὰρ ὁμοιοῦται ἑτέρα γέννησις τῇ τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ γεννήσει, οὐδὲ γάρ ἐστιν ἄλλος Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ. Εἰ γὰρ καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορεύεται, ἀλλ᾿ οὐ γεννητῶς ἀλλ᾿ ἐκπορευτῶς. Ἄλλος τρόπος ὑπάρξεως οὗτος ἄληπτός τε καὶ ἄγνωστος, ὥσπερ καὶ ἡ τοῦ Υἱοῦ γέννησις. Διὸ καὶ πάντα, ὅσα ἔχει ὁ Πατήρ, αὐτοῦ εἰσι πλὴν τῆς ἀγεννησίας, ἥτις οὐ σημαίνει οὐσίας διαφορὰν οὐδὲ ἀξίωμα, ἀλλὰ τρόπον ὑπάρξεως· ὥσπερ καὶ ὁ Ἀδὰμ ἀγέννητος ὤν –πλάσμα γάρ ἐστι Θεοῦ– καὶ ὁ Σὴθ γεννητός –υἱὸς γάρ ἐστιν τοῦ Ἀδάμ– καὶ ἡ Εὔα ἐκ τῆς τοῦ Ἀδὰμ πλευρᾶς ἐκπορευθεῖσα –οὐ γὰρ ἐγεννήθη αὕτη– οὐ φύσει διαφέρουσιν ἀλλήλων –ἄνθρωποι γάρ εἰσιν–, ἀλλὰ τῷ τῆς ὑπάρξεως τρόπῳ. Χρὴ γὰρ εἰδέναι, ὅτι τὸ ἀγένητον διὰ τοῦ ἑνὸς Νῦ γραφόμενον τὸ ἄκτιστον, ἤτοι τὸ μὴ γενόμενον σημαίνει· τὸ δὲ ἀγέννητον διὰ τῶν δύο Νῦ γραφόμενον δηλοῖ τὸ μὴ γεννηθέν. Κατὰ μὲν οὖν τὸ πρῶτον σημαινόμενον διαφέρει οὐσία οὐσίας· ἄλλη γὰρ οὐσία ἡ ἄκτιστος, ἤτοι ἀγένητος διὰ τοῦ ἑνὸς Νῦ, καὶ ἄλλη ἡ γενητὴ, ἤτοι κτιστή. Κατὰ δὲ τὸ δεύτερον σημαινόμενον οὐ διαφέρει οὐσία οὐσίας· παντὸς γὰρ εἴδους ζῴων ἡ πρώτη ὑπόστασις ἀγέννητός ἐστιν, ἀλλ᾿ οὐκ ἀγένητος· ἐκτίσθησαν μὲν γὰρ ὑπὸ τοῦ δημιουργοῦ τῷ Λόγῳ αὐτοῦ παραχθέντα εἰς γένεσιν, οὐ μὴν ἐγεννήθησαν μὴ προϋπάρχοντος ἑτέρου ὁμοειδοῦς, ἐξ οὗ γεννηθῶσι. Κατὰ μὲν οὖν τὸ πρῶτον σημαινόμενον κοινωνοῦσιν αἱ τρεῖς τῆς ἁγίας θεότητος ὑπέρθεοι ὑποστάσεις· ὁμοούσιοι γὰρ καὶ ἄκτιστοι ὑπάρχουσι. Κατὰ δὲ τὸ δεύτερον σημαινόμενον οὐδαμῶς· μόνος γὰρ ὁ Πατὴρ ἀγέννητος· οὐ γὰρ ἐξ ἑτέρας ἐστὶν αὐτῷ ὑποστάσεως τὸ εἶναι. Καὶ μόνος ὁ Υἱὸς γεννητός· ἐκ τῆς τοῦ Πατρὸς γὰρ οὐσίας ἀνάρχως καὶ ἀχρόνως γεγέννηται. Καὶ μόνον τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον ἐκπορευτὸν ἐκ τῆς οὐσίας τοῦ Πατρός, οὐ γεννώμενον ἀλλ᾿ ἐκπορευόμενον. Οὕτω μὲν τῆς θείας διδασκούσης Γραφῆς, τοῦ δὲ τρόπου τῆς γεννήσεως καὶ τῆς ἐκπορεύσεως ἀκαταλήπτου ὑπάρχοντος. Καὶ τοῦτο δὲ ἰστέον, ὡς οὐκ ἐξ ἡμῶν μετηνέχθη ἐπὶ τὴν μακαρίαν θεότητα τὸ τῆς πατρότητος καὶ υἱότητος καὶ ἐκπορεύσεως ὄνομα· τοὐναντίον δὲ ἐκεῖθεν ἡμῖν μεταδέδοται, ὥς φησιν ὁ θεῖος ἀπόστολος· «Διὰ τοῦτο κάμπτω τὰ γόνατά μου πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα, ἐξ οὗ πᾶσα πατριὰ ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς». Εἰ δὲ λέγομεν τὸν Πατέρα ἀρχὴν εἶναι τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ μείζονα, οὐ προτερεύειν αὐτὸν τοῦ Υἱοῦ χρόνῳ ἢ φύσει ὑποφαίνομεν, «δι᾿ αὐτοῦ γὰρ τοὺς αἰῶνας ἐποίησεν», οὐδὲ καθ᾿ ἕτερόν τι, εἰ μὴ κατὰ τὸ αἴτιον, τουτέστιν ὅτι ὁ Υἱὸς ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐγεννήθη καὶ οὐχ ὁ Πατὴρ ἐκ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ ὅτι ὁ Πατὴρ αἴτιός ἐστι τοῦ Υἱοῦ φυσικῶς, ὥσπερ οὐκ ἐκ τοῦ φωτὸς τὸ πῦρ φαμεν προέρχεσθαι, ἀλλὰ τὸ φῶς μᾶλλον ἐκ τοῦ πυρός. Ὅτε οὖν ἀκούσωμεν ἀρχὴν καὶ μείζονα τοῦ Υἱοῦ τὸν Πατέρα, τῷ αἰτίῳ νοήσωμεν. Καὶ ὥσπερ οὐ λέγομεν ἑτέρας οὐσίας τὸ πῦρ καὶ ἑτέρας τὸ φῶς, οὕτως οὐχ οἷόν τε φάναι ἑτέρας οὐσίας τὸν Πατέρα καὶ τὸν Υἱὸν ἑτέρας, ἀλλὰ μιᾶς καὶ τῆς αὐτῆς. Καὶ καθάπερ φαμὲν διὰ τοῦ ἐξ αὐτοῦ προερχομένου φωτὸς φαίνειν τὸ πῦρ καὶ οὐ τιθέμεθα ὄργανον ὑπουργικὸν εἶναι τοῦ πυρὸς τὸ ἐξ αὐτοῦ φῶς, δύναμιν δὲ μᾶλλον φυσικήν, οὕτω λέγομεν τὸν Πατέρα πάντα, ὅσα ποιεῖ, διὰ τοῦ μονογενοῦς αὐτοῦ Υἱοῦ ποιεῖν οὐχ ὡς δι᾿ ὀργάνου λειτουργικοῦ, ἀλλὰ φυσικῆς καὶ ἐνυποστάτου δυνάμεως. Καὶ ὥσπερ λέγομεν τὸ πῦρ φωτίζειν καὶ πάλιν φαμὲν τὸ φῶς τοῦ πυρὸς φωτίζειν, οὕτω «πάντα, ὅσα ποιεῖ ὁ Πατήρ, ὁμοίως καὶ ὁ Υἱὸς ποιεῖ». Ἀλλὰ τὸ μὲν φῶς οὐκ ἰδίαν ὑπόστασιν παρὰ τὸ πῦρ κέκτηται, ὁ δὲ Υἱὸς τελεία ὑπόστασίς ἐστι τῆς πατρικῆς ἀχώριστος ὑποστάσεως, ὡς ἀνωτέρω παρεστήσαμεν. Ἀδύνατον γὰρ εὑρεθῆναι ἐν τῇ κτίσει εἰκόνα ἀπαραλλάκτως ἐν ἑαυτῇ τὸν τρόπον τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος παραδεικνύουσαν. Τὸ γὰρ κτιστὸν καὶ σύνθετον καὶ ῥευστὸν καὶ τρεπτὸν καὶ περιγραπτὸν καὶ σχῆμα ἔχον καὶ φθαρτόν, πῶς σαφῶς δηλώσει τὴν πάντων τούτων ἀπηλλαγμένην ὑπερούσιον θείαν οὐσίαν; Πᾶσα δὲ ἡ κτίσις δῆλον ὡς τοῖς πλείοσι τούτων ἐνέχεται καὶ πᾶσα κατὰ τὴν ἑαυτῆς φύσιν τῇ φθορᾷ ὑπόκειται. Ὁμοίως πιστεύομεν καὶ εἰς ἓν Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ Κύριον καὶ ζωοποιόν, τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον καὶ ἐν Υἱῷ ἀναπαυόμενον, τὸ τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον ὡς ὁμοούσιόν τε καὶ συναΐδιον, τὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ Πνεῦμα, τὸ εὐθές, τὸ ἡγεμονικόν, τὴν πηγὴν τῆς ζωῆς καὶ τοῦ ἁγιασμοῦ, Θεὸν σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ ὑπάρχον καὶ προσαγορευόμενον, ἄκτιστον, πλῆρες, δημιουργόν, παντοκρατορικόν, παντουργόν, παντοδύναμον, ἀπειροδύναμον, δεσπόζον πάσης τῆς κτίσεως οὐ δεσποζόμενον, πληροῦν οὐ πληρούμενον, μετεχόμενον οὐ μετέχον, ἁγιάζον οὐχ ἁγιαζόμενον, παράκλητον ὡς τὰς τῶν ὅλων παρακλήσεις δεχόμενον, κατὰ πάντα ὅμοιον τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Υἱῷ, ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον καὶ δι᾿ Υἱοῦ μεταδιδόμενον καὶ μεταλαμβανόμενον ὑπὸ πάσης τῆς κτίσεως καὶ δι᾿ ἑαυτοῦ κτίζον καὶ οὐσιοῦν τὰ σύμπαντα καὶ ἁγιάζον καὶ συνέχον, ἐνυπόστατον ἤτοι ἐν ἰδίᾳ ὑποστάσει ὑπάρχον, ἀχώριστον καὶ ἀνεκφοίτητον Πατρὸς καὶ Υἱοῦ καὶ πάντα ἔχον, ὅσα ἔχει ὁ Πατὴρ καὶ ὁ Υἱός, πλὴν τῆς ἀγεννησίας καὶ τῆς γεννήσεως. Ὁ μὲν γὰρ Πατὴρ ἀναίτιος καὶ ἀγέννητος –οὐ γὰρ ἔκ τινος· ἐξ ἑαυτοῦ γάρ τὸ εἶναι ἔχει, οὐδέ τι τῶν ὅσα περ ἐξ ἑτέρου ἔχει, αὐτὸς δὲ μᾶλλόν ἐστιν ἀρχὴ καὶ αἰτία τοῦ εἶναι καὶ τοῦ πῶς εἶναι φυσικῶς τοῖς πᾶσιν. Ὁ δὲ Υἱὸς ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννητῶς· τὸ δὲ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον καὶ αὐτὸ μὲν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρός, ἀλλ᾿ οὐ γεννητῶς ἀλλ᾿ ἐκπορευτῶς. Καὶ ὅτι μὲν ἔστι διαφορὰ γεννήσεως καὶ ἐκπορεύσεως, μεμαθήκαμεν· τίς δὲ ὁ τρόπος τῆς διαφορᾶς, οὐδαμῶς. Ἅμα δὲ καὶ ἡ Υἱοῦ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γέννησις, καὶ ἡ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος ἐκπόρευσις. Πάντα οὖν, ὅσα ἔχει ὁ Υἱός, καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἔχει καὶ αὐτὸ τὸ εἶναι. Καὶ εἰ μὴ ὁ Πατήρ ἐστιν, οὐδὲ ὁ Υἱός ἐστιν οὐδὲ τὸ Πνεῦμα. Καὶ εἰ μὴ ὁ Πατὴρ ἔχει τι, οὐδὲ ὁ Υἱὸς ἔχει, οὐδὲ τὸ Πνεῦμα. Καὶ διὰ τὸν Πατέρα, τουτέστιν διὰ τὸ εἶναι τὸν Πατέρα, ἔστιν ὁ Υἱὸς καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα. Καὶ διὰ τὸν Πατέρα ἔχει ὁ Υἱὸς καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα πάντα, ἃ ἔχει, τουτέστι διὰ τὸ τὸν Πατέρα ἔχειν αὐτά, πλὴν τῆς ἀγεννησίας καὶ τῆς γεννήσεως καὶ τῆς ἐκπορεύσεως. Ἐν ταύταις γὰρ μόναις ταῖς ὑποστατικαῖς ἰδιότησι διαφέρουσιν ἀλλήλων αἱ ἅγιαι τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις οὐκ οὐσίᾳ, τῷ δὲ χαρακτηριστικῷ τῆς οἰκείας ὑποστάσεως ἀδιαιρέτως διαιρούμεναι. Φαμὲν δὲ ἕκαστον τῶν τριῶν τελείαν ἔχειν ὑπόστασιν, ἵνα μὴ ἐκ τριῶν ἀτελῶν μίαν σύνθετον φύσιν τελείαν γνωρίσωμεν, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν τρισὶ τελείαις ὑποστάσεσι μίαν ἁπλῆν οὐσίαν, ὑπερτελῆ καὶ προτέλειον· πᾶν γὰρ ἐξ ἀτελῶν συγκείμενον σύνθετον πάντως ἐστίν, ἐκ δὲ τελείων ὑποστάσεων, ἀδύνατον σύνθεσιν γενέσθαι. Ὅθεν οὐδὲ λέγομεν τὸ εἶδος ἐξ ὑποστάσεων, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν ὑποστάσεσιν. Ἀτελῶν δὲ εἴπομεν τῶν μὴ σῳζόντων τὸ εἶδος τοῦ ἐξ αὐτῶν ἀποτελουμένου πράγματος. Λίθος μὲν γὰρ καὶ ξύλον καὶ σίδηρος, ἕκαστον καθ᾿ ἑαυτὸ τέλειόν ἐστι κατὰ τὴν ἰδίαν φύσιν, πρὸς δὲ τὸ ἐξ αὐτῶν ἀποτελούμενον οἴκημα ἀτελὲς ἕκαστον αὐτῶν ὑπάρχει· οὐδὲ γάρ ἐστιν ἕκαστον αὐτῶν καθ᾿ ἑαυτὸ οἶκος. Τελείας μὲν οὖν τὰς ὑποστάσεις φαμέν, ἵνα μὴ σύνθεσιν ἐπὶ τῆς θείας νοήσωμεν φύσεως· «σύνθεσις γὰρ ἀρχὴ διαστάσεως». Καὶ πάλιν ἐν ἀλλήλαις τὰς τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις λέγομεν, ἵνα μὴ πλῆθος καὶ δῆμον θεῶν εἰσαγάγωμεν. Διὰ μὲν τῶν τριῶν ὑποστάσεων τὸ ἀσύνθετον καὶ ἀσύγχυτον, διὰ δὲ τοῦ ὁμοουσίου καὶ ἐν ἀλλήλαις εἶναι τὰς ὑποστάσεις καὶ τῆς ταυτότητος τοῦ θελήματός τε καὶ τῆς ἐνεργείας καὶ τῆς δυνάμεως καὶ τῆς ἐξουσίας καὶ τῆς κινήσεως, ἵν᾿ οὕτως εἴπω, τὸ ἀδιαίρετον καὶ τὸ εἶναι ἕνα Θεὸν γνωρίζομεν. Εἷς γὰρ ὄντως Θεὸς ὁ Θεὸς καὶ ὁ Λόγος καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα αὐτοῦ. Χρὴ δὲ εἰδέναι, ὅτι ἕτερόν ἐστι τὸ πράγματι θεωρεῖσθαι καὶ ἄλλο τὸ λόγῳ καὶ ἐπινοίᾳ. Ἐπὶ μὲν οὖν πάντων τῶν κτισμάτων ἡ μὲν τῶν ὑποστάσεων διαίρεσις πράγματι θεωρεῖται· πράγματι γὰρ ὁ Πέτρος τοῦ Παύλου κεχωρισμένος θεωρεῖται. Ἡ δὲ κοινότης καὶ ἡ συνάφεια καὶ τὸ ἓν λόγῳ καὶ ἐπινοίᾳ θεωρεῖται. Νοοῦμεν γὰρ τῷ νῷ, ὅτι ὁ Πέτρος καὶ ὁ Παῦλος τῆς αὐτῆς εἰσι φύσεως καὶ κοινὴν μίαν ἔχουσι φύσιν· ἕκαστος γὰρ αὐτῶν ζῷόν ἐστι λογικὸν θνητόν, καὶ ἕκαστος σάρξ ἐστιν ἐμψυχωμένη ψυχῇ λογικῇ τε καὶ νοερᾷ. Αὕτη οὖν ἡ κοινὴ φύσις τῷ λόγῳ ἐστὶ θεωρητή. Οὐδὲ γὰρ αἱ ὑποστάσεις ἐν ἀλλήλαις εἰσίν· ἰδίᾳ δὲ ἑκάστη καὶ ἀναμέρος, ἤγουν καθ᾿ ἑαυτὴν κεχώρισται, πλεῖστα τὰ διαιροῦντα αὐτὴν ἐκ τῆς ἑτέρας ἔχουσα· καὶ γὰρ καὶ τόπῳ διεστήκασι καὶ χρόνῳ διαφέρουσι καὶ γνώμῃ μερίζονται καὶ ἰσχύι καὶ μορφῇ, ἤγουν σχήματι καὶ ἕξει καὶ κράσει καὶ ἀξίᾳ καὶ ἐπιτηδεύματι καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς χαρακτηριστικοῖς ἰδιώμασι· πλέον δὲ πάντων τῷ μὴ ἐν ἀλλήλαις ἀλλὰ κεχωρισμένως εἶναι. Ὅθεν καὶ δύο καὶ τρεῖς ἄνθρωποι λέγονται καὶ πολλοί. Τοῦτο δὲ καὶ ἐπὶ πάσης ἔστιν ἰδεῖν τῆς κτίσεως. Ἐπὶ δὲ τῆς Ἁγίας καὶ ὑπερουσίου καὶ πάντων ἐπέκεινα καὶ ἀλήπτου Τριάδος τὸ ἀνάπαλιν. Ἐκεῖ γὰρ τὸ μὲν κοινὸν καὶ ἓν πράγματι θεωρεῖται διά τε τὸ συναΐδιον καὶ τὸ ταυτὸν τῆς οὐσίας καὶ τῆς ἐνεργείας καὶ τοῦ θελήματος καὶ τὴν τῆς γνώμης σύμπνοιαν τήν τε τῆς ἐξουσίας καὶ τῆς δυνάμεως καὶ τῆς ἀγαθότητος ταυτότητα –οὐκ εἶπον ὁμοιότητα, ἀλλὰ ταυτότητα– καὶ τὸ ἓν ἔξαλμα τῆς κινήσεως· μία γὰρ οὐσία, μία ἀγαθότης, μία δύναμις, μία θέλησις, μία ἐνέργεια, μία ἐξουσία, μία καὶ ἡ αὐτὴ οὐ τρεῖς ὅμοιαι ἀλλήλαις, ἀλλὰ μία καὶ ἡ αὐτὴ κίνησις τῶν τριῶν ὑποστάσεων. Ἓν γὰρ ἕκαστον αὐτῶν ἔχει πρὸς τὸ ἕτερον οὐχ ἧττον ἢ πρὸς ἑαυτόν, τουτέστιν ὅτι κατὰ πάντα ἕν εἰσιν ὁ Πατὴρ καὶ ὁ Υἱὸς καὶ τὸ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα πλὴν τῆς ἀγεννησίας καὶ τῆς γεννήσεως καὶ τῆς ἐκπορεύσεως· ἐπινοίᾳ δὲ τὸ διῃρημένον. Ἕνα γὰρ Θεὸν γινώσκομεν, ἐν μόναις δὲ ταῖς ἰδιότησι τῆς τε πατρότητος καὶ τῆς υἱότητος καὶ τῆς ἐκπορεύσεως κατά τε τὸ αἴτιον καὶ αἰτιατὸν καὶ τὸ τέλειον τῆς ὑποστάσεως, ἤτοι τὸν τῆς ὑπάρξεως τρόπον τὴν διαφορὰν ἐννοοῦμεν. Οὔτε γὰρ τοπικὴν διάστασιν ὡς ἐφ᾿ ἡμῶν δυνάμεθα ἐπὶ τῆς ἀπεριγράπτου λέγειν θεότητος–ἐν ἀλλήλαις γὰρ αἱ ὑποστάσεις εἰσίν, οὐχ ὥστε συγχεῖσθαι, ἀλλ᾿ ὥστε ἔχεσθαι κατὰ τὸν τοῦ Κυρίου λόγον· «Ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ Πατρί, καὶ ὁ Πατὴρ ἐν ἐμοί», φήσαντος οὔτε θελήματος διαφορὰν ἢ γνώμης ἢ ἐνεργείας ἢ δυνάμεως ἤ τινος ἑτέρου, ἅτινα τὴν πραγματικὴν καὶ δι᾿ ὅλου ἐν ἡμῖν γεννῶσι διαίρεσιν. Διὸ οὐδὲ τρεῖς Θεοὺς λέγομεν τὸν Πατέρα καὶ τὸν Υἱὸν καὶ τὸ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, ἕνα δὲ μᾶλλον Θεόν, τὴν Ἁγίαν Τριάδα, εἰς ἓν αἴτιον Υἱοῦ καὶ Πνεύματος ἀναφερομένων, οὐ συντιθεμένων οὐδὲ συναλειφομένων κατὰ τὴν Σαβελλίου συναίρεσιν –ἑνοῦνται γάρ, ὡς ἔφημεν, οὐχ ὥστε συγχεῖσθαι, ἀλλ᾿ ὥστε ἔχεσθαι ἀλλήλων· καὶ τὴν ἐν ἀλλήλαις περιχώρησιν ἔχουσι δίχα πάσης συναλοιφῆς καὶ συμφύρσεως– οὐδὲ ἐξισταμένων ἢ κατ᾿ οὐσίαν τεμνομένων κατὰ τὴν Ἀρείου διαίρεσιν. Ἀμέριστος γὰρ ἐν μεμερισμένοις, εἰ δεῖ συντόμως εἰπεῖν, ἡ θεότης καὶ οἷον ἐν ἡλίοις τρισὶν ἐχομένοις ἀλλήλων καὶ ἀδιαστάτοις οὖσι μία τοῦ φωτὸς σύγκρασίς τε καὶ συνάφεια. Ὅταν μὲν οὖν πρὸς τὴν θεότητα βλέψωμεν καὶ τὴν πρώτην αἰτίαν καὶ τὴν μοναρχίαν καὶ τὸ ἓν καὶ ταὐτὸν τῆς θεότητος, ἵν᾿ οὕτως εἴπω, κίνημά τε καὶ βούλημα καὶ τὴν τῆς οὐσίας καὶ δυνάμεως καὶ ἐνεργείας καὶ κυριότητος ταυτότητα, ἓν ἡμῖν τὸ φανταζόμενον. Ὅταν δὲ πρὸς τὰ ἐν οἷς ἡ θεότης, ἤ, τό γε ἀκριβέστερον εἰπεῖν, ἃ ἡ θεότης καὶ τὰ ἐκ τῆς πρώτης αἰτίας ἀχρόνως ἐκεῖθεν ὄντα καὶ ὁμοδόξως καὶ ἀδιαστάτως, τουτέστι τὰς ὑποστάσεις τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ Πνεύματος, τρία τὰ προσκυνούμενα. Εἷς Πατὴρ ὁ Πατὴρ καὶ ἄναρχος, τουτέστιν ἀναίτιος· οὐ γὰρ ἔκ τινος. Εἷς Υἱὸς ὁ Υἱὸς καὶ οὐκ ἄναρχος, τουτέστιν οὐκ ἀναίτιος· ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γάρ. Εἰ δὲ τὴν ἀπὸ χρόνου λάβοις ἀρχήν, καὶ ἄναρχος· ποιητὴς γὰρ χρόνων οὐχ ὑπὸ χρόνον. Ἓν Πνεῦμα τό Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, προϊὸν μὲν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρός, οὐχ υἱϊκῶς δὲ ἀλλ᾿ ἐκπορευτῶς· οὔτε τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκστάντος τῆς ἀγεννησίας, διότι γεγέννηκεν, οὔτε τοῦ Υἱοῦ τῆς γεννήσεως, ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ ἀγεννήτου· πῶς γάρ; Οὔτε τοῦ Πνεύματος ἢ εἰς Πατέρα μεταπίπτοντος ἢ εἰς Υἱόν, ὅτι ἐκπεπόρευται καὶ ὅτι Θεός· ἡ γὰρ ἰδιότης ἀκίνητος. Ἢ πῶς ἂν ἰδιότης μένοι, κινουμένη καὶ μεταπίπτουσα; εἰ γὰρ Υἱὸς ὁ Πατήρ, οὐ Πατὴρ κυρίως· εἷς γὰρ κυρίως Πατήρ. Καὶ εἰ Πατὴρ ὁ Υἱός, οὐ κυρίως Υἱός· εἷς γὰρ κυρίως Υἱὸς καὶ ἓν Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον. Χρὴ γινώσκειν, ὅτι τὸν Πατέρα οὐ λέγομεν ἔκ τινος· λέγομεν δὲ αὐτὸν τοῦ Υἱοῦ Πατέρα. Τὸν δὲ Υἱὸν οὐ λέγομεν αἴτιον οὐδὲ Πατέρα· λέγομεν δὲ αὐτὸν καὶ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ Υἱὸν τοῦ Πατρός. Τὸ δὲ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον καὶ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς λέγομεν καὶ Πνεῦμα Πατρὸς ὀνομάζομεν. Ἐκ τοῦ Υἱοῦ δὲ τὸ Πνεῦμα οὐ λέγομεν. Πνεῦμα δὲ Υἱοῦ ὀνομάζομεν· «εἴ τις γὰρ Πνεῦμα Χριστοῦ οὐκ ἔχει», φησὶν ὁ θεῖος ἀπόστολος, «οὗτος οὐκ ἔστιν αὐτοῦ». Καὶ δι᾿ Υἱοῦ πεφανερῶσθαι καὶ μεταδίδοσθαι ἡμῖν ὁμολογοῦμεν· «Ἐνεφύσησε» γὰρ, φησί, καὶ εἶπε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· «Λάβετε Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον»· ὥσπερ ἐκ τοῦ ἡλίου μὲν ἥ τε ἀκτὶς καὶ ἡ ἔλλαμψις –αὐτὸς γάρ ἐστιν ἡ πηγὴ τῆς τε ἀκτῖνος καὶ τῆς ἐλλάμψεως–, διὰ δὲ τῆς ἀκτῖνος ἡ ἔλλαμψις ἡμῖν μεταδίδοται καὶ αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ φωτίζουσα ἡμᾶς καὶ μετεχομένη ὑφ᾿ ἡμῶν. Τὸν δὲ Υἱὸν οὔτε τοῦ Πνεύματος λέγομεν οὔτε μὴν ἐκ τοῦ Πνεύματος.

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