The author of ?The German Theology? says that ?Christ?s human nature was utterly bereft of self, and was nothing else but a house and habitation of God.? The Mystics would have human personality so completely the organ of the divine that ?we may be to God what man?s hand is to a man,? and that ?I? and ?mine? may cease to have any meaning. Both these views savor of Eutychianism. On the other hand, the Unitarian says that Christ was ?a mere man.? But there cannot be such a thing as a mere man, exclusive of aught above and beyond him, self-centered and self-moved. The Trinitarian sometimes declares himself as believing that Christ is God and man, thus implying the existence of two substances. Better say that Christ is the God-man, who manifests all the divine powers and qualities of which all men and all nature are partial embodiments. See Dorner, Person of Christ, B. 1:83-93, and Glaubenslehre, 2:318, 319 (Syst Doct., 3:214-216); Guericke, Ch. History, 1:356-360.
The foregoing survey would seem to show that history had exhausted the possibilities of heresy, and that the future denials of the doctrine of Christ?s person must be, in essence, forms of the views already mentioned. All controversies with regard to the person of Christ must, of necessity, hinge upon one of three points: first, the reality of the two natures, secondly, the integrity of the two natures and thirdly, the union of the two natures in one person. Of these points, Ebionism and Docetism deny the reality of the natures, Arianism and Apollinarianism deny their integrity while Nestorianism and Eutychianism deny their proper union. In opposition to all these errors, the orthodox doctrine held its ground and maintains it to this day.
We may apply to this subject what Dr. A. P. Peabody said in a different connection: ?The canon of infidelity was closed almost as soon as that of the Scriptures? ? modern unbelievers having, for the most part, repeated the objections of their ancient predecessors. Brooks, Foundations of Zoology, 126 ? ?As a shell which has failed to burst is picked up on some old battlefield by someone on whom experience is thrown away and is exploded by him in the bosom of his approving family with disastrous results so one of these abandoned beliefs may be dug up by the head of some intellectual family to the confusion of those who follow him as their leader.?
7. The Orthodox doctrine (promulgated at Chalcedon, 451) holds that in the one person Jesus Christ there are two natures. There is a human nature and a divine nature, each in its completeness and integrity, and that these two natures are organically and indestructibly united, yet so that no third
<- Previous Table of Contents Next ->
Was this article helpful?