In Him was life. The earth was made. But the earth that was made is not life. There was in the Wisdom Itself of God, spiritually, the plan from which the earth was made; this is life. As the execution in every work has not life; only the idea in the work lives, because it lives in the mind of the artist.
Because therefore the divine Wisdom, by which all things are made, contains all things in idea which are made according to the divine plan, these are not necessarily living; but whatever is made, there is life in it.
- St. Augustine