Through grace God has brought the world into being, and through mercy he guides its affairs. Although daily we cause grief to his compassion through the variety of our infatuation with evils, yet his love does not cease from devising immense benefits concerning us day by day, and increasing things that are going to help us, while at the same time he is well aware of the mode of life to which he is going to raise us: then there will become known to us the wealth of the exalted love of the Creator, when after these present modes of life, which cause fruits of excellence that pass away, or ones that await total perdition—or something I do not know how to describe: when after these things, again, in what splendor will he establish our creation from the dust and to what likeness and resplendent glory will he draw all of us up and bring us to become gods and sons of God! How appropriate and delightful to bring to recollection in this place the words spoken by the Blessed Interpreter somewhere: “It is evident, therefore, that from the abundant goodness and overflowing love God has come for the re-establishment of creation” [Theodore of Mopsuestia].
Hidden and concealed from created beings is the reason why first of all he placed us in the world of flesh and in this present condition. For it was not so that he might examine us, whether we would be good or bad, and as a result of that sentence us various forms of retribution here on earth, as is imagined by many people. How is it possible to think this, and then turn to the Author of the creation of the world, who from the beginning and before he began the establishment of creation was not only aware of things that he was going to do, but also of the things that were going to happen as a result of all created beings, whether human beings or the invisible natures? The precise reason for creation is hidden, although he has given a little hint of it, so that we might have some knowledge and be able to speak about it. Thus it has pleased him that its precise truth should be hidden for the moment. Beyond, perhaps, there will not be any need for this sort of thought on the subject.