When Adam was first created, the Spirit of God robed him in holiness, making him a perfect person. However, such perfection was not absolute but relative, so that Adam and his proposed descendants could “progress peacefully and rise up toward the perfect . . . to draw closer to the Unbegotten” (Irenaeus of Lyon, Haer. 3.23.5 ). It was progressive deification, therefore, that was intended for mankind and presented for the working life of our First Parent (Gross, J. 1938/2002. The divinization of the Christian according to the Greek Fathers).