St Peter of Damaskos, after citing St Gregory the Theologian's words from his First Theological Oration (oration 27) that "what is said should be commensurate to the capacity of those to whom it is addressed," writes:
For this reason the same saint may say one thing about a certain matter today, and another tomorrow; and yet there is no contradiction, provided the hearer has knowledge and experience of the matter under discussion. Again, one saint may say one thing and another say something different about the same passage of the Holy Scriptures, since divine grace often gives varying interpretations suited to the particular person or moment in question. The only thing required is that everything said or done should be said or done in accordance with God's intention, and that it should be attested by the words of Scripture. For should anyone preach anything contrary to God's intention or contrary to the nature of things, then even if he is an agel St Paul's words, 'Let him be accursed' (Gal. 1:8), will apply to him. This is what St Dionysios the Areopagite, St Antony and St Maximos the Confessor afirm. For this reason St John Chrysostom says: 'It was not the Greeks but the Holy Scripture that transmitted these things to us. There is no contradiction when Scripture says about a certain person both that he did not see Babylon as a captive and, elsewhere, that they took him to Babylon with the rest. For one who reads attentively will find it said about the same man in another part of Scripture that they blinded him and in this condition took him off as a captive (cf. 2 Kgs. 25:7; Jer. 52:11). Thus he went to Babylon, as the one writer says, but did not see it, as the other says.' [Homilies on the Statues XIX, 3 (P. G. xlix, 195)]St Peter of Damaskos, Book I: A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, Chapter XXIII (Holy Scripture) in volume three of The Philokalia, pp. 265-266.
Again, some say in their lack of experience that the Epistle to the Hebrews was not written by St Paul, or that St Dionysius the Areopagite did not write one of the treatises ascribed to him. But if a man will pay attention to these same works, he will discover the truth. If the matter pertains to nature, the saints gain their knowledge of it from spiritual insight, that is, from the spiritual knowledge of nature and from the contemplation of created beings that is attatined through the intellect's purity; and so they expound God's purpose in these things with complete accuracy, searching the Scriptures, as St John Chrysostom says, like gold-miners who seek out the finest veins. In this way they ensure that 'not the smallest letter or most insignificant accent is lost,' as the Lord put it (Matt. 5:18).