For Your Word, the Eternal Truth, pre-eminent above the higher parts of Your creation, raises up those who are subject to it; but in this lower world, our humble habitation of clay, He came intending to . . . bring us over unto Himself, allaying our swelling, and fostering our love; such that we might go no further in self-confidence, but rather should become weak, seeing before our feet the Divinity, itself weak by taking on our coat of skin, and wearied, we might cast ourselves down upon it, and the Word rising, might then lift us up.
— St. Augustine of Hippo
Confessions, Augustine, 398 A.D.