No man understands that production, or generation, or calling, or revelation, or by whatever name one may describe His generation, which is in fact altogether indescribable, but the Father only who begat, and the Son who was begotten.
Chapter XXVIII. 6.
But, beyond reason inflated
[with your own wisdom], ye presumptuously maintain that ye are acquainted with the unspeakable mysteries of God;
while even the Lord, the very Son of God, allowed that the Father alone knows the very day and hour of judgment, when He plainly declares,
"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, neither the Son, but the Father only"
If, then, the Son was not ashamed to ascribe the knowledge of that day to the Father only, but declared what was true regarding the matter, neither let us be ashamed to reserve for God those greater questions which may occur to us. For no man is superior to his master.
If any one, therefore, says to us,
"How then was the Son produced by the Father?"
we reply to him, that
no man understands that production, or generation, or calling, or revelation, or by whatever name one may describe His generation, which is in fact altogether indescribable.
Neither Valentinus, nor Marcion, nor Saturninus, nor Basilides, nor angels, nor archangels, nor principalities, nor powers
[possess this knowledge], but the Father only who begat, and the Son who was begotten. Since therefore His generation is unspeakable, those who strive to set forth generations and productions cannot be in their right mind, inasmuch as they undertake to describe things which are indescribable. For that a word is uttered at the bidding of thought and mind, all men indeed well understand. Those, therefore, who have excogitated
[the theory of]
emissions have not discovered anything great, or revealed any abstruse mystery, when they have simply transferred what all understand to the only-begotten Word of God;
and while they style Him unspeakable and unnameable, they nevertheless set forth the production and formation of His first generation, as if they themselves had assisted at His birth, thus assimilating Him to the word of mankind formed by emissions.
The Son is the measure of the Father.
Chapter IV. 2.
… Well spake he, who said that the unmeasurable Father was Himself subjected to measure in the Son;
for the Son is the measure of the Father, since He also comprehends Him. …
The Father is the invisible of the Son, but the Son the visible of the Father.
Chapter VI. 6.
… And through the Word Himself who had been made visible and palpable, was the Father shown forth, although all did not equally believe in Him;
but all saw the Father in the Son: for the Father is the invisible of the Son, but the Son the visible of the Father. And for this reason all spake with Christ when He was present
[upon earth], and they named Him God. Yea, even the demons exclaimed, on beholding the Son:
"We know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God"
And the devil looking at Him, and tempting Him, said:
"If Thou art the Son of God"
— all thus indeed seeing and speaking of the Son and the Father, but all not believing