The following excerpt from the speech of St. Nersess the Great addressed to the emperor Vales is taken from the History of the P’awstos Buzand (4th Century A.D.). In this short passage, we can observe the deep orthodox spiritual experience and teaching of St. Nersess the Great, according to which the enlightened faithful, through the sacred mysteries of the Church, see God with the eyes of the heart.

“…. But those who are enlightened see with the invisible eyes of the heart, as the prophet says: ‘My heart said unto Thee, and my face has sought Thy face.’ and again he says: ‘I set the Lord at all times before me for He is at my right hand. that I should not be moved,’ and yet again; ‘I shall be gladdened with the joy of Thy countenance.’ Those who according to His will see Him now through the mysteries of hidden illumination shall see Him at the end face to face, as the blessed apostle Paul has said: ‘For now we see in a glass, through images,’ but when He comes in the future, He shall bring us the immortality and incorruptibility of His glory: when the Son of the Father shall come and manifest Himself with the Holy Spirit, without likenesses or parables, when all shall be summoned to come, who see God through immortality, and especially those many made worthy through hope; willingly He will reveal His glorious coming so that the revelation of Christ begotten of God the Father, who come to reward all the righteous for their witness to the faith, might come to those who bear with patience and wait in hope….”

The Epic Histories Attributed to P’awstos Buzand (Buzandaran Patmut’iwnk), Nina G. Garsoian, Harvard Armenian Texts and Studies 8, 1989, 120-121