101 – Communion of Natures


COMMUNION OF NATURES
§ 101. Though the two natures personally united in Christ are and remain essentially distinct,1 each retaining its own essential properties or attributes, its own intelligence and will, so that His divinity is not His humanity nor a part of the same, nor His humanity His divinity: yet there is in Christ a communion of natures, so that the divine nature is the nature of the Son of Man,2 and the human nature the nature of the Son of God,3 the concretum of the one being predicable of the concretum of the other,4 and the one being where the other is.5

1. Though the two natures personally united in Christ are and remain essentially distinct,1 each retaining its own essential properties or attributes, its own intelligence and will, so that His divinity is not His humanity nor a part of the same, nor His humanity His divinity: yet there is in Christ a communion of natures, so that the divine nature is the nature of the Son of Man,

Cf. §§ 99. 100.


2. and the human nature the nature of the Son of God,

  Jeremiah 23:5–6 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is HIS name whereby HE shall be called, The LORD our Righteousness.

  Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.


3. and the human nature the nature of the Son of God,

  Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, HE also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.

  John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

  Galatians 4:4 God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.

  Romans 1:3 Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.


4. the concretum of the one being predicable of the concretum of the other,

  Matthew 16:13, 16 Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? (16) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

  Jeremiah 23:5–6 See above sub 2.

  I Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second Man is the Lord from heaven.


5. and the one being where the other is.

  Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

  Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.