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

33 this saying of the apostle, //that God may be all in all” i),
he has foolishly imagined and produced this impious and
foolish doctrine, which perhaps would not even be accepted
among demons; for I think they would tremble simply to
hear that they were to become consubstantial with God; for
also concerning them, as well as all the angelic host which
did not fall, does he assert, that they will become consub¬
stantial with the Divinity and Godhead. And as he did not
know how to understand this saying or to perceive what
preceded it, neither was he able to consider all the things
which are said in the Holy Scriptures on the reward of the
righteous and the punishment of the wicked. Neither did he
know how to distinguish between the Divinity and the crea¬
tion, and that it is not possible for the Divinity through
change to become the creation, or creation the Divinity.
Furthermore he does not accord with the doctors who have
interpreted this saying in an orthodox manner. He desired,
being puffed up like a vain and proud man, to orginate her¬
esies himself also, like John the Egyptian, whom for a
short time he even followed. I have also found in his writings that he has imagined an-
' other false doctrine, founded on what it is written in the Gospel
that Our Lord said: //Today and tomorrow I work miracles,
and on the third day I shall be perfected” *). He fancies
that, speaking in a parable, this world was established on
the sixth day of the week, and he calls it evil; and the
Sabbath (he calls) the rest which comes after the comple¬
tion ; and the first day of the week, he says, is the consum¬
mation, because then God will become all in all; that is,
everything will be in God, one nature and one substance; so 1 21) I Corinth. XV, 28. 2) Luke XIII, 32. It is differently quoted later: see p. 87. Frothingham, Bar Sudaili. 3