, if one were to make subtle mental distinctions between what is seen and what is thought, is not deserving of worship since it is created. But as it is united with God the Word, it is worshipped on account of Him and in Him. For just as the king deserves homage alike when un-robed and when robed, and just as the purple robe, considered simply as a purple robe, is trampled upon and tossed about, but after becoming the royal dress receives all honour and glory, and whoever dishonours it is generally condemned to death: and again, just as wood in itself  is not of such a nature that it cannot be touched, but becomes so when fire is applied to it, and it becomes charcoal, and yet this is not because of its own nature, but because of the fire united to it, and the nature of the wood is not such as cannot be touched, but rather the charcoal or burning wood: so also the flesh, in its own nature, is not to be worshipped, but is worshipped in the incarnate God Word, not because of itself, but because of its union in subsistence with God the Word. And we do not say that we worship mere flesh, but God's flesh, that is, God incarnate.
 Against the Apollinarians, &c. Cf. Greg. Naz., Ep. Ad Cled., 11.  Athan., bk. i., Cont. Apoll. Epist. ad Adelph. Epiphan. Ancor. 51.  A simile much used by the Fathers: cf. supr., bk. iii., ch. 8.
 Athan., bk. i., Cont. Apoll. Epist. ad Adelph. Epiphan. Ancor. 51.
 A simile much used by the Fathers: cf. supr., bk. iii., ch. 8.