So In The Same Way Does The Scripture

Peace, one and all…

origen

One must therefore portray the meaning of the sacred writings in a threefold way upon one’s own soul, so that the simple man may be edified by what we may call the flesh of the scripture, this name being given to the obvious interpretation; while the man who has made some progress may be edified by it souls, as it were; and the man who is perfect and like those mentioned by the apostle: ‘We speak wisdom among the perfect; yet a wisdom not of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, which are coming to nought; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory’ – this man may be edified by the spiritual law, which has ‘a shadow of the good things to come.’ For just as man consists of a body, soul, and spirit, so in the same way does the scripture.

Origen, On First Principles 4.2

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