"Definition of Faith"

I absolutely love studying church history, because I learn a lot about the traditions that have been passed onto us and themes of theological agreement. It seems that no matter how much an argument has taken place through time or how corrupt that argument has been, there are some consistent decisions that seem to emerge. I think this tells us something.

Today I read this section of the "Definition of Faith" that was published as a result of the Fourth Ecumenical Council. It reads:

Following, then, the holy Fathers, we all with one voice teach that it is
to be confessed that our Lord Jesus Christ is one and the same God, perfect in
divinity, and perfect in humanity, true God and true human, with a rational soul
and a body, of one substance with the Father in his divinity, and of one
substance with us in his humanity, in every way like us, with the only exception
of sin, begotten of the Father before all time in his divinity, and also
begotten in the latter days, in his humanity, of Mary the virgin bearer of

This is one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, manifested in
two natures without any confusion, change, division or separation. The
union does not destroy the difference of the two natures, but on the contrary
the properties of each are kept, and both are joined in on person and
hypostasis. They are not divided into two persons, but belong to the one
Only-begotten Son, the Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. All this, as
the prophets of old said of him, and as he himself has taught us, and as the
Creed of the Fathers has passed on to us.


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