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32. Thus, O Lord, our God, our Creator, when our affections
have been turned from the love of the world, in which we
died by living ill; and when we began to be "a living soul"
by living well; and when the word, "Be not conformed to
this world," which thou didst speak through thy apostle,
has been fulfilled in us, then will follow what thou didst
immediately add when thou saidst, "But be transformed by
the renewing of your mind."
This will not now be "after their kind," as if we were following
the neighbor who went before us, or as if we were living
after the example of a better man--for thou didst not say,
"Let man be made after his kind," but rather, "Let us make
man in our own image and our own likeness,"
so that then we may be able to prove what thy will is.
This is why thy minister--begetting children by the gospel
so that he might not always have them babes whom he would
have to feed with milk and nurse as children--this is why
he said, "Be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect
will of God." Therefore thou didst not say, "Let
man be made," but rather, "Let us make man." And thou didst
not say, "After his kind," but after "our image" and "likeness."
Indeed, it is only when man has been renewed in his mind,
and comes to behold and apprehend thy truth, that he does
not need another man as his director, to show him how to
imitate human examples. Instead, by thy guidance, he proves
what is thy good and acceptable and perfect will. And thou
dost teach him, now that he is able to understand, to see
the trinity of the Unity and the unity of the Trinity.
This is why the statement in the plural, "Let us make man,"
is also connected with the statement in the singular, "And
God made man." Thus it is said in the plural, "After our
likeness," and then in the singular, "After the image of
God." Man is thus transformed in the knowledge of God, according
to the image of Him who created him. And now, having been
made spiritual, he judges all things--that is, all things
that are appropriate to be judged--and he himself is judged
of no man.