Saint Maximus the Confessor on God Appearing to Each Person According to the Measure of their Faith

St. Maximus the Confessor

The one who seeks after knowledge sets the immovable foundations of the soul firmly on the Lord, as God says to Moses, “You stand with me.” Now it should be known that there is a distinction among those who stand before the Lord, if only this Scripture be acknowledged by those eager to learn, “There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God coming in power.” For the Lord does not always appear in glory to those who are standing before him; rather, he comes in the form of a servant to beginners, and to those who are strong enough to follow him in climbing the lofty mountain of his transfiguration before the creation of the world. Thus it is possible for the Lord not to appear in the same form to all those who met him, but to some in one way and to others in another way, that is, by varying the contemplation according to the measure of faith in each one.

* This excerpt is from “Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings” translated by George C. Berthold


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