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

10- The Example of the Union Between Iron and Fire

 

St-Takla.org Image: Fire صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: النار، نيران

St-Takla.org Image: Fire.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: النار، نيران.

St. Cyril the Great used this analogy and so did St. Dioscorus. In the case of ignited iron, we do not say that there are two natures: iron and fire, but we say iron united with fire. Similarly, we speak about the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate God, and we do not say "God and man".

In the union of iron with fire, the iron is not changed into fire nor fire into iron.

Both are united without mingling, confusion or alteration. Although this situation is not permanent in the case of iron, and here is the point of disagreement, but we only want to say that once iron is ignited with fire, it continues to retain all the properties of iron and all the properties of fire.

Likewise, the nature of the Incarnate Logos is One Nature, having all the Divine characteristics and all the human as well.


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