A Jagged Contention: The Two Natures of Christ


“We believe, teach and confess that, although the Son of God is a separate, distinct, and complete divine person in and of himself and thus was truly, essentially, fully God with the Father and the Holy Spirit from eternity, nonetheless at the same time, when the fullness of time had come [Gal. 4:4], he assumed human nature into the unity of his person, no in such a way that there were two persons or two Christs, but that Christ Jesus was in one person at the same time true and eternal God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and a true human being, born of the most blessed Virgin Mary, as it is written in Romans 9[:5], ‘from them [the patriarchs], according to the flesh, comes the Christ, who is over all, God blessed forever.'”

– The Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VIII. Concerning the Person of Christ


Christmas is the time of year when the church emphasizes the incarnation of the Son of God. There is a constant danger in the church to emphasize one nature over the other. In what ways do our hymns or traditions undermine the divinity of Christ? What about the humanity? What dangers do we run into when we don’t properly proclaim the full divinity and humanity of Christ?

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