The Doctrine of the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in Its Relation to Mankind and to the Church by Robert Isaac Wilberforce

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Robert Isaac Wilberforce
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The Doctrine of the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in Its Relation to Mankind and to the Church

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The Personal Oneness of Godhead and Manhood in Christ, not less essential to 11 is office than the reality of each nature. The reality of Christ's two natures assailed in the fifth Century - His Godhead by the Nestorians - His Manhood by the Eutychians. Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon.

Error of Nestorius to deny that the Son Of Mary was truly God. By denying the distinction between nature and personality, lie excluded the possibility of an union between God and man. This union practically testified by the Holy Communion.

The Hypostatical union, the real presence in one person of two distinct natures, Godhead and Manhood. The Personality of Christ lies in the former. But an intimate connexion obtains between His two natures. From which connexion comes the ennobling of humanity. Effect which one nature produced upon the other.

The exaltation which Christ bestowed upon man's nature, as God, by His Incarnation, distinct from that which, as man, He procured for it by His Obedience. The exaltation of Manhood in the Incarnation limited only by the conditions of the Created nature. To omit this limitation, as done by Eutyches, entails the very same result, which was arrived at by Nestorius - the denial of a true union between God and man. For lie could not be the representative of man, if Manhood was swallowed up in Godhead.

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