BCL Grow: God — John 1:14
God — John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14
"The council [of Chalcedon, AD 451] maintained a clear distinction between the concept of a person and the concept of a nature. Jesus was said to have a divine nature and a human nature while still being only one person; he had everything he needed to be divine and everything he needed to be human (yet without sin)." — Justin S. Holcomb, Know the Creeds and Councils (Know Series), p. 57.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: In the fifth century, the Council of Chalcedon sought to define "the exact relationship between the man Jesus Christ and the eternal Son of God" (Know the Creeds, p. 53). What errors regarding the God-man Jesus might be circulated if this relationship wasn't clearly stated by the council?
2. Reflect: Think about what is different about a "person" versus a "nature." Generally, "person" means the owner of a rational self; the possessor of the will. "Nature" generally means what makes a number of things common to one another. For example, all humans possess the same (human) nature (bodies, soul, rationality, etc…), while human persons individually possess their own will and are responsible for their own actions.
3. Answer: Why it was necessary for Jesus to be both true God and true human to save us from sin, death, and the devil? (Hint: See 2 Cor. 5:21 and Heb. 10:11-12)
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