On the Incarnation: Merry Christmas

If his deity had been collapsed into his humanity, he would be someone other than Immanuel, ‘God with us.’  If his humanity had been collapsed into his deity, he would not be ‘God with us.’  So the divine nature did not become something that it was not before.  Every attribute of God belonged to Jesus of Nazareth, so that his action is God’s action.  Nor was his human nature deified in the sense of being confused with the divine nature.” –Michael S. Horton, Pilgrim Theology, p. 182

Simply put, the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man, is a mystery to be adored rather than resolved.

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2 Responses to On the Incarnation: Merry Christmas

  1. Colin says:

    Simply put, the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man, is a mystery to be adored rather than resolved.”

    If this had been a Facebook post, I would certainly have given it a like. I said as much when preaching at our Midnight Communion, also using that quote you posted a few days earlier. And a quote from Kallistos Ware. While there is plenty about Orthodoxy I am uncomfortable about, their sense and acceptance of mystery seems spot on at times.

    • TC Robinson says:

      Colin,
      I’m certainly encouraged that you continue to find New Leaven useful. 😉

      Yes, I don’t think we should be 21st century scholastics when it comes to these matters. Mysteries must be embraced at times.

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