See also Dorner, System, 1:123 ? ?Faith postulates a difference between the world and God, between whom religion seeks a union. Faith does not wish to be a mere relation to itself or to its own representations and thoughts. That would be a monologue; faith desires a dialogue. Therefore it does not consent with a monism which recognizes only God or the world (with the ego). The duality (not the dualism, which is opposed to such monism, but which has no desire to oppose the rational demand for unity) is in fact a condition of true and vital unity.? The unity is the foundation of religion; the difference is the foundation of morality. Morality and religion are but different manifestations of the same principle. Man?s moral endeavor is the working of God within him. God can be revealed only in the perfect character and life of Jesus Christ. See Jones, Robert Browning, 146.
Stalker, Imago Christi: ?Christ was not half a God and half a man but he was perfectly God and perfectly man.? Moberly, Atonement and Personality, 95 ? ?The Incarnate did not oscillate between being God and being man. He was indeed always God and yet never otherwise God than as expressed within the possibilities of human consciousness and character.? He knew that he was something more than he was as incarnate. His miracles showed what humanity might become. John Caird, Fund. Ideas of Christianity, 14 ? ?The divinity of Christ was not that of a divine nature in local or mechanical juxtaposition with a human but of a divine nature that suffused, blended, identified itself with the thoughts, feelings, volition of a human individuality. Whatever of divinity could not organically unite itself with and breathe through a human spirit, was not and could not be present in one who, whatever else he was, was really and truly human.? See also Biedermann, Dogmatik, 351-353; Hodge, Systematic Theology, 2:428-430).
(a) Its great importance. While the Scriptures represent the person of Christ as the crowning mystery of the Christian scheme ( <401127>Matthew 11:27; <510127>Colossians 1:27; 2:2; <540316>1 Timothy 3:16), they also incite us to its study ( <431703>John 17:3; 20:27; <422439>Luke 24:39; <500308>Philippians 3:8, 10). This is the more needful, since Christ is not only the central point of Christianity, but is Christianity itself, the embodied reconciliation and union between man and God. The following remarks are offered, not as fully explaining, but only as in some respects relieving, the difficulties of the subject.
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