The Incarnation and The Fully Formed Human Being

It seems to me that the reason that He formed man from dust with His own hands, gave him a second birth through water, increase through the Spirit, education by the Word, thereby guiding him surely to the adoption of sons and to salvation with holy precepts, was precisely that He might transform an earth-born man into a holy and heavenly creature by His coming, and accomplish the original Divine command; ‘Let us make mankind in our image and likeness.’ It is Christ, in fact, who is, in all its perfection, what God then commanded; other men are so only by a certain image.”

St. Clement of Alexandria, Christ the Educator, Chapter 12

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