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Proper Teachings concerning the humanity of Christ

Tertullian

“For, as I have read in some writer of Valentinus’ wretched faction,they refuse at the outset to believe that a human and earthly substance was created for Christ, lest the Lord should be regarded as inferior to the angels, who are not formed of earthly flesh”- V. ON THE FLESH OF CHRIST(1)

Saint Ambrose, 337- 397 AD

Hereby we are brought to understand that the prophecy of the incarnation, “The Lord created me the beginning of his ways for his works,” (Prov 8.22) means that the Lord Jesus was created of the Virgin for the redeeming of the Father’s works. Truly, we cannot doubt that this is spoken of the mystery of the incarnation, for as much as the Lord took upon him our flesh, in order to save the works of his hands from the slavery of corruption, so that he might, by the sufferings of his own body, overthrow him who had the power of death (Heb 2.14). For Christ’s flesh is for the sake of things created, but his Godhead existed before them, seeing that he is before all things, while all things exist together in him (Col 1.17). “-On the Death of his Brother, Concerning the Faith (Book 3)

The sixth Ecumenical council, 680-681 AD

For which reason we rightly believe that that same person, since he is one, has two natural operations, to wit, the divine and the human, one uncreated, and the other created, as true and perfect God and as true and perfect man, the one and the same, the mediator between God and men, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274 AD

The term a man, used to refer to Christ, signifies his human nature which stated to exist, but refers to the eternal subject whose existence has no beginning. When use as a subject term it refers to a subject, and when used in a predicate it signifies a nature; so it is false to say A man Christ started to be, but true to say Christ started to be a man. The phrase Christ as man contains a doubling-up that could induce reference to the subject or to the nature. The later is more proper, because a doubled-up term is a sort of predicate and should be interpreted formally: Christ as man means Christ as being a man. So it is better to admit Christ as man is a creature than deny it; though if we added to the doubling-up something clearly involving reference to the subject we should have to deny it, saying that Christ, as this man, is not a creature. In the same way, we deny rather than admit that Christ as man is God, thought if would be true to say that Christ as man has the grace of union. The son of man has power on earth to forgive sins not in veture of his human nature but in virtue of his divine nature. The divine nature is the source of that power, the human nature its tool or minister.

Belgic Confession

Thus his divine nature has always remained uncreated, without beginning of days or end of life, filling heaven and earth. His human nature has not lost its properties but continues to have those of a creature– it has a beginning of days; it is of a finite nature and retains all that belongs to a real body.

Orthodox-Reformed dialogue, Limassol, Cyprus, January 1994

The Incarnation of the Son of God belongs to the very same existence and life of God. As the divine will to create the world and humanity is connected with God’s being, so also the will to save them was “a mystery hidden before the ages in God who created all things” (Eph 3.9). Creation and incarnation, then, belong together to God’s original plan. Thus, Christ’s redemptive work “was predestined before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in the end of time” (I Pet 1.20). Being the Head of all creation by whom all things were formed the Son who was by nature eternally of the same uncreated nature with the Father and the Spirit, received to Himself the created human nature and became fully human in body and soul so that through it he might unite himself with the entire creation. ­

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