It is part of the dependence in which God seeth it to be good for the creature to abide, that the creature should not know God, except through the Revelation of God. Even Angelic Intelligences behold God, not through their own created vision, but through the light of Glory, which God imparts to them.
"In"and " through Thy light, we shall see light." Angels too cannot, through their own created sight, penetrate that light unapproachable, which by its very brightness shrouds from sight the Essence of God ; else it were not “unapproachable " to created being. Angels too are comprehended in those sayings, " No one hath seen God at any time ; the Only Begotten Son which is in the Bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him." " No one knoweth the Son but the Father, neither knoweth any one the Father save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son may reveal Him." Angels too knew not, of themselves, the Mystery of the Incarnation and of man's redemption, but longed to look closer into the depth of the Mysteries of Divine Wisdom, and Love shewn and revealed to us. God Alone can of Himself know God ; God Alone can comprehend God. Through the brightness of the Divine Light in us, shall we, if, by His grace we attain, behold, each in our measure and degree, the Infinite, Incomprehensible, Essence of God.
But man has this further weakness through the Fall, that not only can he not know the things of God, except by the Revelation of God, but that very Revelation he cannot understand or receive by his natural powers, without the Spirit of God. As the Holy Angels cannot behold God, except through the light of God, neither can man understand the Revelation of God, save through the Spirit of God. The words of Divine Wisdom may sound over the outward ear ; they do not penetrate the understanding, unless God Himself awakes the ear within. So saith our Blessed Lord Himself, " I thank Thee 0 Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things, [the mysteries of the faith revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord ] from the wise and prudent [in their own eyes, and in knowledge of human things ] and hast revealed them unto babes." The preaching was for all ; the streams of Divine Knowledge and Goodness flowed forth for all ; the rays of Divine Light were shed abroad for all ; but the Light penetrated not eyes, which prejudice, or pride, or self-will, had blinded. The streams rested in the lowly valleys not on the mountain sides.