Concordia Theological Monthly

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divine, human, natures, christian, incarnation, nestorius, doctrine, lutheran, theology

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The incarnation of the Son of God for the salvation of the world is the central truth of the Gospel, and since the Church of the living God is the "pillar and ground of the truth," it has the duty to maintain this truth, to defend it against the assaults of error, and to transmit it to future generations. This we must keep in mind when considering the two natures in Christ; for at first we, too, might be inclined to agree with Hodge when he says: "Not content with admitting the fact that the two natures are united in one person, the Lutheran theologians insist on explaining that fact. They are willing to acknowledge that two natures, or substances, soul and body, are united in the one person in man without pretending to explain the essential nature of the union. Why, then, can they not receive the fact that the two natures are united in Christ without philosophizing about it? The first objection therefore is that the Lutheran doctrine is an attempt to explain the inscrutable."


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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1 John 4:2-3; John 1:14; Romans 5:10;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars