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Nature of Christ, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

15- The One Nature of the Incarnate Logos

 

St-Takla.org         Image: The twelve Apostles, Depiction of Christ enthroned, Monastery of Apollo in Bawit, Egypt - ancient Coptic art صورة: الـ12 تلميذ - قبه باويط، دير أبوللو، مصر، ويظهر السيد المسيح في العرش محاطًا بالعذراء و التلاميذ الاثني عشر - من الفن القبطي الأثري

St-Takla.org Image: The twelve Apostles, Depiction of Christ enthroned, Monastery of Apollo in Bawit, Egypt - ancient Coptic art

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الـ12 تلميذ - قبه باويط، دير أبوللو، مصر، ويظهر السيد المسيح في العرش محاطًا بالعذراء والتلاميذ الاثني عشر - من الفن القبطي الأثري

It is One Nature (one entity) but has all the properties of two natures:

It has all the properties of the Divine nature and all those of the human nature. In this One Nature, the. body was not transmuted to the Divine nature but remained as a body, the body of God the Logos. The Logos, also was not transmuted to be a human nature but remained as it is the Divine nature though united with a body. His Divine nature is not susceptible to death while His human nature is liable to die. Both the Divine and the human natures united in essence in the Hypostasis and in nature without separation.

No separation occurred between the Divine nature and the human nature at Christ's death:

As we say in the Syrian Fraction, concerning the death of Christ "The soul left the body but His Divinity never departed neitherfrom His Soul nor from His Body. His Soul likewise, whilst united with His Godhead, descended into hell to preach those who died in the faith and to open to them the gates of Paradise and let them enter. Yet His Body, also united with His Godhead, remained in the grave. "

On the third day His soul, united with His Godhead, came to unite with His body which was also united with His Godhead; Thus resurrection took place.

Consequently, the Incarnate God risen from the dead was capable of coming out of the tomb while it was closed and sealed by a huge stone. It was also possible for the One Lord to enter through the closed doors and meet with His disciples (John. 20:19).

Did He enter through the closed doors by His Divine nature or by His human nature? Is not this an evidence of the One Nature? and which one came out of the tomb? was it the Divine nature, the human nature, or Christ the Incarnate Logos?

We are not dealing here with two natures: God and a man, for this expression signifies two and not one, and the term "Two" does not ever denote unity.

A Union, actually, cannot be separated into two.

I would like to use the term "union" to talk about what happened in the Virgin's womb, but at the next stage we call it "One Nature". Similarly, the term "Two" denotes separation or the liability to separate.


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