Clement of Alexandria - Excerpta - On Templates
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Clement of Alexandria - Excerpta
Excerpta 10:1: But neither the spiritual and intelligible beings, nor the archangels, nor the protoctists, not even [Christ] himself, are without form, without shape, without frame, and bodiless; rather they do have both individual form and body . . ..
Excerpta 10:2-3: On the one hand, anything that has come to be is not without ousia; on the other, they [referring back to the spiritual beings] do not have a form and a body like the bodies [to be found] in this world.
The form, shape and body of spiritual entities is “in proportion to their degree among spiritual beings”; the protoctists have form and shape “in proportion to the level of the beings below them.
Excerpta 11:3: Thus, compared to the bodies here they are bodiless and shapeless; yet, compared to the Son, they are measured and sensible bodies. Likewise is the Son in regards to the Father.