Cyril of Alexandria On the Unity of Christ
Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier
In this lecture we begin a series on Christology. Christology is the study of the true knowledge of the person and work of Christ as revealed in the God-breathed scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Christ is the Savior who has come to save fallen humanity. He is true God begotten from all eternity and also true man born of the Virgin Mary. These are the two natures of the one Christ. The divine nature is eternal and the source of all life. The human nature is mortal and able to die. Christ is one person consisting of the personal union of these two natures. We do not confuse or mix the divine and human natures saying that He has only one nature. We confess the two natures of Christ. In the same way, we do not separate His divinity from His humanity saying that He subsists of two persons. We confess Christ to be one person of the Blessed Holy Trinity. In this series, we will use Cyril of Alexandria’s writing On the Unity of Christ as a basis for discussing the problems of the false Christology of Nestorianism which separates the divine nature from the human nature creating two different persons, sons, and christs.
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