Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The Two Natures in Christ "Teaching the Doctrine of the Hypostatic Union"--Martin Chemnitz
"In the Logos or the divine nature was life (John 1:4). He is the very fount of life (Ps. 36:9). Because of sin the road to the tree of life was obstructed for us (Gen. 3:24). We were alienated from the life of God (Eph. 2:12), for our sin separated us from God (Is. 59:2). Therefore, Christ our Mediator in the incarnation so united His divine nature with the human that He placed the whole fullness of the Godhead as a treasure into the human nature which He assumed. And He did this in order that the grace, truth, life, and salvation from which we had been alienated might be brought near to us and bestowed upon this human nature of ours, which the Son of God assumed; and that from this nature, which is akin to us and of one substance with us, these things might be given to us, and thus we might receive from His fullness grace for grace (John 1:16). This is what Paul means when he says: 'The whole fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Christ [Col. 2:9]. Therefore, we must not think in a cold or irreverent manner about the hypostatic union of the divine and human natures in Christ, as of two boards or two stones which have had their edges glued together."