Theology Paper 4 The Humanity of Jesus Christ1

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Alexis Denigh Knappenberger Introduction to Systematic Theology 1211-155 Dr. Gerard Jacobitz March 29, 2008 The Jesus Dilemma: Identifying and Understanding the Personage of Christ The most well-known individual in history, Jesus Christ, is also the most mysterious and controversial. Both during his life and after his death, scholars have sought to understand the nature of this incredible being. Theories of his personhood, both in terms of divinity and humanity, continue to provoke both curiosity and argument. Who – and what – was Jesus Christ? The Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) met to provide a definition of the person of Jesus Christ 1 to resolve this matter. The establishment of this definition as the explanation for the nature of Jesus Christ initially seems incomprehensible: as difficult as it is to explain Jesus as either wholly human or wholly divine, the idea of Jesus as being simultaneously wholly of both natures seems to defy logic. By human rationale, one hundred percent and one hundred percent is two hundred percent – an absurd notion that again would lead to the idea of the separation of the divine and the human. Yet the definition maintains that one hundred percent and one hundred percent is one hundred percent – what? Jesus Christ, completely divine and completely human. Initial reactions to this definition have led to misinterpretations which dismiss the significance of the statement. The two natures of Jesus “had come to be understood as 1 “We all with one voice confess our Lord Jesus Christ to be one and the same Son, perfect in divinity and humanity, truly God and truly human, consisting of a rational soul and a body, being of one substance with the Father in relation to his divinity, and being of one substance with us in relation to his humanity, and is like us in all things apart from sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
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