Christology #2: One Lord Jesus Christ

August 28, 2009

[I believe] in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

So says the Nicene Creed.  This affirmation should be the touchstone of our Christology.  That the Person of Jesus Christ (whether pre-incarnate, incarnate, resurrected, or ascended), is of the same being of the Father, while being begotten by (i.e. distinct from) Him.

Whether we say about the eternal Logos in eternity beside the Father, we may say about the baby in the manger in Bethlehem.  And whatever we say about the Galilean on the cross, we may say about the second Person of the Trinity.

In the incarnation the Son took our flesh- added it to Himself.  This humanity or flesh is not outside of his relationship to the Father, because as one of us Christ is one with His Father.  The man Jesus of Nazareth is entirely within the divine unity of the Trinity.  It is a temptation to put the ‘humanity’ of Christ in a different category to his ‘divinity’ which remains within the divine nature:

‘Only the humanity of Jesus bore the curse of our sin on the cross.’

‘It was with His ‘God bit’ that Jesus walked on water.’

If we take seriously our commitment to ‘one Lord Jesus Christ’, we will reject these and say that God was crucified on the cross, and that the Man Jesus walked miraculously on the water.

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