More interestingly than Ignatius, we will look at Melito of Sardis, who was also notable for his high Christology. He writes, “We are not those who pay homage to stones, that are without sensation; but of the only God, who is before all and over all, and, moreover, we are worshippers of His Christ, who is veritably God the Word existing before all time.” (Melito of Sardis, Syriac Fragments, Apology to Marcus Aurelius [175 A.D]), “He that bore up the earth was borne up on a tree. The Lord was subjected to ignominy with naked body-God put to death, the King of Israel slain!” (Melito of Sardis, Syriac Fragments, On Faith 6 [165 A.D]), “For the deeds done by Christ after His baptism, and especially His miracles, gave indication and assurance to the world of the Deity hidden in His flesh. For, being at once both God and perfect man likewise, He gave us sure indications of His two natures: of His Deity, by His miracles during the three years that elapsed after His baptism; of His humanity, during the thirty similar periods which preceded His baptism, in which, by reason of His low estate as regards the flesh, He concealed the signs of His Deity, although He was the true God existing before all ages.” (Melito of Sardis, Syriac Fragments, On the Nature of Christ, [160 A.D]), and now onto the most interesting, “On these accounts He came to us; on these accounts, though He was incorporeal, He formed for Himself a body after our fashion, -appearing as a sheep, yet still remaining the Shepherd; being esteemed a servant, yet not renouncing the Sonship; being carried in the womb of Mary, yet arrayed in the nature of His Father; treading upon the earth, yet filling heaven; appearing as an infant, yet not discarding the eternity of His nature; being invested with a body, yet not circumscribing the unmixed simplicity of His Godhead; being esteemed poor, yet not divested of His riches; needing sustenance inasmuch as He was man, yet not ceasing to feed the entire world inasmuch as He is God; putting on the likeness of a servant, yet not impairing the likeness of His Father. He sustained every character belonging to Him in an immutable nature: He was standing before Pilate, and at the same time was sitting with His Father; He was nailed upon the tree, and yet was the Lord of all things.” (Melito of Sardis, Syriac Fragments, Discourse on the Cross [160 A.D]) Melito identified Jesus as having the same nature of the Father, keep in mind, this is only the mid second century, about 165 years before the Council of Nicaea
We are going to continue with the Fathers, moving onto the apologist and then Origen which I will detail in my next post as this is getting long and will exceed the current word limit on CAF. I might wait until tomorrow to write the rest as it will be the most comprehensive and will take me very long to write and multiple posts.