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SECTION 3 ? THE TWO STATES OF CHRIST. I. THE STATE OF HUMILIATION.

1. The nature of this humiliation.

We may dismiss, as unworthy of serious notice, the views that it consisted essentially either in the union of the Logos with human nature, for this union with human nature continues in the state of exaltation, or in the outward trials and privations of Christ?s human life. This view casts reproach upon poverty and ignores the power of the soul to rise superior to its outward circumstances.

E. G. Robinson, Christian Theology, 224 ? ?The error of supposing it too humiliating to obey law was derived from the Roman treasury of merit and works of supererogation. Better was Frederick the Great?s sentiment when his sturdy subject and neighbor, the miller, whose windmill he had attempted to remove. Having beaten him in a lawsuit, the thwarted monarch exclaimed: ?Thank God, there is law in Prussia!?? Palmer, Theological Definition, 79 ? ?God reveals himself in the rock, vegetable, animal, man. Must not the process go on? Must there not appear in the fullness of time a man who will reveal God as perfectly as is possible in human conditions, a man who is God under the limitations of humanity? Such incarnation is humiliation only in the eyes of men. To Christ it is lifting up, exaltation, glory. <431232>John 12:32 ? ?And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.? George Harris, Moral Evolution, 409 ? ?The divinity of Christ is not obscured but is more clearly seen shining through his humanity.?

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A. The theory of Thomasius, Delitzsch, and Crosby was that the humiliation consisted in the surrender of the relative divine attributes.

This theory holds that the Logos, although retaining his divine self- consciousness and his immanent attributes of holiness, love and truth surrendered his relative attributes of omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence, in order to take to him veritable human nature. According to this view, there are, indeed, two natures in Christ but neither of these natures is infinite. Thomasius and Delitzsch are the chief advocates of this

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