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The Nature of Christ - H.H. Pope Shenouda III The Nature of Christ - H.H. Pope Shenouda III HOT

THE ORTHODOX CONCEPT REGARDING THE NATURE OF CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ is God Himself, the Incarnate Logos. Who took to Himself a perfect manhood. His Divine nature is one with his human nature yet without mingling, confusion or alteration; a complete Hypostatic Union. Words are inadequate to describe this union. It was said, that without controversy, "Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, (1 Tim. 3:16). As this union is permanent, never divided nor separated, we say in the liturgy that His Godhead never departed from His manhood for a single moment nor even for a twinkle of an eye. The Divine nature (God the Word) was united with the human nature which He took of the Virgin Mary by the action of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit purified and sanctified the Virgin's womb so that the Child to whom she gave birth would inherit nothing of the original sin; the flesh formed of her blood was united with the Only-Begotten Son. This unity took place from the first moment of the Holy Pregnancy in the Virgin's womb. As a result of the unity of both natures-the Divine and the human-inside the Virgin's womb, one nature was formed out of both: "The One Nature of God the Incarnate Logos" as St. Cyril called it.

AGREED STATEMENT ON CHRISTOLOGY

"We believe that our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Incarnate - Logos is perfect in His Divinity and perfect in His Humanity. He made His humanity One with His Divinity without Mixture, nor Mingling, nor Confusion. His Divinity was not separated from His Humanity even for a moment or twinkling of an eye.

At the same time, we anathematize the Doctrines of both Nestorius and Eutyches".

CONTENTS

  1. The Orthodox concept regarding the Nature of Christ

  2. Widely known Heresies concerning the Nature of Christ

  3. The nature of this Union

    E Union without mingling, confusion, alteration or transmutation

    E The example of the union between iron and fireE The example of the union between the soul and

    the body

  4. The Unity of Nature and the birth of Christ

  5. Possibility of such Unity

  6. The importance of the One Nature for propitiation

    and redemption

  7. The One nature and the suffering

  8. The term "Son of Man

  9. Evidence from the Bible

  10. The One Will and the One Act

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