Monday, August 11, 2008
The Two Natures in Christ "Christ Present in the Church According to Both Natures" (Christ our Brother, sharing in our sufferings)--Martin Chemnitz
"Furthermore, it is certainly a most serious and important matter which is under dispute, namely, the words of Christ's very testament, a doctrine which is so full of consolation, that is, that the Son of God, our Mediator and Savior, according to the words of His testament wills to be present with His church here on earth, which is fighting under the banner of the cross and struggling in this vale of tears. For He wishes to be present also in and with His assumed nature by which He is of the same substance with us, related to us, our Brother, our very flesh, according to which flesh He does not blush to call us His brothers and in which flesh He was tempted, so that He can share in our sufferings, according to which flesh Christ is our Head and we are His members. And just as no one hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, so also Christ does to His church, since we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bone (Eph. 5:29)."