Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
- St. Gregory of Nyssa explained the reason why the Incarnation surpasses the creation of all the creatures: The creation of the world is a natural creation, the Incarnation is a supernatural one. It should be noted that this condescension of God did not in any way lessen or weaken God, but rather added glory and greater height to Him, as St. Gregory of Thessaloniki noted in his homily on the Incarnation of Christ. Because God is by nature supreme and above all, He has no need to rise to a greater height or glory. There was no place from which He could be glorified and exalted other than from here below, that is, from condescending and humbling Himself to the level of His creatures.
Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain, A Handbook of Spiritual Counsel