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A definition of Christ that has the ring truth for me is....

Post by Admin on Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:17 pm

Please contribute what you think.

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Re: A definition of Christ that has the ring truth for me is....

Post by Admin on Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:51 pm

Admin wrote:Please contribute what you think.

My answer is the traditional, patristic one, familiar to many:

Christ is of one essence
in two natures,
human and divine.

I am persuaded, though, that the above words (which abbreviate the definition of Christ at Chalcedon) are not understood as the most enlightened minds of the Council intended. Today, most Christians who know this formula more or less identify the "one essence" of Christ as Jesus' individual essence. That would make Jesus have two natures, divine and human. But no man has two natures, and since Christ indeed has two natures, than no single individual, no single man is Christ.

Christ is not an individual, not even the individual Jesus; rather, as Chalcedon says, Christ is the oneness of the God and common human nature-- everybody's human nature, not just that of Jesus. The path that is before us is noneother than Jesus' journey, as the Mysteries of Christ that his path exemplified, we undergo, too. "I go before you always..."


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