Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

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103 its desire, changes himself into the semblance of the Tree
of Life, and is revealed as the Man of Sin, the Son of Per¬
dition , sitting as God in the temple of Godand saying:
1 am the bread which came down from heaven; whoso eateth
of me shall live for ever J). The mind therefore, being de¬
ceived , hastens to unite itself unto this evil essence, which
appears unto it as the Tree of Life. Then is Christ, the
great mind, revealed, to take vengeance on this deceptive
nature: he stamps it to the ground and burns it with fire,
having separated from it the Good-nature of the mind. Fi¬
nally the mind, led by Christ, approaches unto and unites
itself with the Tree of Life and possesses quiet and rest.
Men say that the Tree of Life is Christ, but I say that it
is above him. When the mind desires to pass this place, it is told:
remain in thy place. It then receives a mystic sword, with
which to exterminate the demons, the enemies of the Lord,
by descending to the places under the earth: for the Fa¬
ther judgeth no man, but has committed all judgment unto
the Sons). It again takes a downward course, and this time
with joy, for it knows that the adversative nature cannot,
as at first, oppose it. The divine mind enters the gates of
She’d, and all the essences of demons gather themselves 13) John V,22.