“He took the clay from the hand of the angel, and made Adam according to Our image and likeness, and He left him lying for forty days and forty nights without putting breath into him.
And He heaved sighs over him daily, saying, ‘If I put breath into this [man], he must suffer many pains.’
And I said unto My Father, ‘Put breath into him; I will be an advocate for him.’
And My Father said unto Me, ‘If I put breath into him, My beloved Son, Thou wilt be obliged to go down into the world, and to suffer many pains for him before Thou shalt have redeemed him, and made him to come back to his primal state.’
And I said unto My Father, ‘Put breath into him; I will be his advocate, and I will go down into the world, and will fulfill Thy command’.” #
[“Discourse on Abbatôn by Timothy, Archbishop of Alexandria,” in Coptic Martyrdoms etc. in the Dialect of Upper Egypt, ed. and trans. E. A. Wallis Budge (1914), 482. Timothy, archbishop of Alexandria, died in A.D. 385. Brackets are included in Budge’s English translation.]
I love Him because He first loved me.