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By the 4th century a common belief developed between the Eastern and Western Christians in their understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity.  God was understood in the West as one essence (the Trinity of Persons being conceived as an irrational truth found in revelation).  The tri-personality of God was understood in the East as the primary fact of Christian experience.  So the focus was not the Trinity that needed theological proof, but rather God’s essential unity. The church councils of the 4th century quarreled over the relations between God the Father and God the Son, those of the 5th century faced the problem of defining the relationship of the two natures; i.e., the human and the divine.  There were two schools of doctrine. 1) Appolinaris of Laodicea and the theologians of Alexandria generally held that the divine and human natures were united indistinguishably.  2) Theodore of Mopsuestia and the theologians of Antioch taught that two natures coexisted separately in Christ, the latter being “the chosen vessel of the Godhead….the man born of Mary.”  These two contrasting doctrines became the struggle for supremacy among the rivals of Constantinople, Alexandria, and Rome.Monophysites are those who taught or were accused of teaching that in the Person of Jesus Christ there was only one nature rather than two natures, divine and human as asserted by the Council of Chalcedon in 451.

 

The Council of Chalcedon was to be the last of the “Great Christo-logical Councils” and its “Chalcedonian Definition” has come to be the recognized view of the person of Christ as the “God-man” (thean-thropos). “Following the holy Father we teach with one voice that the Son [of God] and our Lord Jesus Christ is to be confessed as one and the same [Person], that he is perfect in Godhead and perfect in manhood, very God and very man, of a reasonable soul and [human] body consisting, consubstantial with the Father as touching his Godhead, and consubstantial with us as touching his manhood; made in all thing like unto us, sin only excepted; begotten of his Father before the worlds according to his Godhead; but in these last days for us men and for our salvation born [into the world] of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God according to his manhood.  This one and the same Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son [of God] must be confessed to be in two natures, (1) unconfusedly, immutable, indivisibly, inseparably [united], and that without the distinction of natures being taken away by such union, but rather the peculiar property of each nature being preserved and being united in one Person and subsistence, not separated or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son and only-begotten, God the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Prophets of old time have spoken concerning him, and as the Lord Jesus Christ hath taught us, and as the Creed of the Fathers hath delivered to us.” The Chalcedonian Definition is regarded as the primary stance of the church concerning the Person and natures of Christ. The statement condemned each heresy in light of the various councils before it.  The Ebionites (Pharisaic and Essene) as well as the Arians who believed that Christ was only a man and not divine was condemned by the Chalcedonian Definition was to Christ being very God.  Docetism that stated that Christ was a phantom; an illusion was condemned also by Christ being very man. Apollinaris who claimed that Christ did not have a rational human soul was condemned by the definition that Christ was of a reasonable soul.  Nestorians that taught that Christ two natures were separate and distinct so as to promote two persons was condemned by the definition stating that Christ must be confessed to be in two natures, (1) unconfusedly, immutable, indivisibly, inseparably [united] and that without the distinction of natures being taken away by such union….not separated or divided into two persons.  Monophysitism and Eutychianism which declares that there is only one nature in Christ is condemned by the Definition that states Christ has two natures with each nature preserved in Christ.  The Council of Chalcedon and its Definition stand as the foundation of the truth in the world today. Justinian in 564 issued an edict stating that the human body of Christ was incorruptible and only seemed to suffer (the doctrine called Aphthartodocetism). Julian, a bishop of Halicarnassus, founded the doctrine of Aphtharto-docetism (Greek aphthartos meaning “incorruptible”) that held that the body of Jesus Christ was incorruptible before his glorification.  Julian proclaimed that the body of Christ was divine and therefore naturally incorruptible and impassible. In Christianity, there have been over 150 officially recognized creeds and confessions.

 

 

The True One God Doctrine 

God is Spirit. That is the fundamental truth that must be established in order to understand God in various offices or roles for the purpose of redeeming mankind back to himself. God is a Masterbuilder. The goal of the Master is to bring or redeem creation and mankind back to himself, both creature and creation. The various offices are sometimes confused with Persons rather than offices or roles of the one and same God. The various offices that God will function in and through are as follows:    

 

Father   

The office of God that delegates and leads the various offices.

Word      

The office of God that is the divine Logos or Expression, Thought, Intelligence, Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Prudence, etc.

Holy Ghost

The Spirit form of Jesus Christ which is received through the Son of God as the power of God.

Son of God

The redemptive office used for salvation. One must go through this particular office in order to receive of the other offices.

Son of man

The Kingdom office as Judgment which is the most obscure of all offices.

 

The varying offices of God are analogous to a person who has varying roles in life. For example, a man can partake of many roles or offices at the same time, yet he is only one person. The man can be a father and a son simultaneously.  He can be a father of his children, a son of his father and mother, a worker on his job, a friend to a friend, and a neighbor to the people that live next door to him.  In each of these roles of offices, it is one and the same man, not two or three persons.  The same holds true in these varying offices of God. It will be God in each office and God alone. God is Spirit. He alone is God. He does not create any other Gods: viz. God Jr., God the Third. There is only One God. Therefore, He himself will carry out every role in a varying office to determine and fulfill His own will and purpose. There will not be more than One Person who is the Title Character in each role or office. We will also ascertain the name of this One God, who in past time kept his name secreted, revealing only his attributes but not His full character or glory. The revelation of the God of glory is fully manifested in His name. This name is JESUS, the name of each and every varying office of God. It is the same as if the man who is the husband, father, son, worker, friend, and neighbor met each office or role at the same time in his house. For example, he does not act in his role as husband to his wife the same as he does to his children as father. They are different roles or offices of the man, but he is nonetheless the same man. His role as neighbor is yet different than his role as father or husband. He does not act in this role as neighbor the same as he does to his wife or children. Let’s suppose that one of his fellow workers drops by his house for a visit at the same time that the neighbor comes by to borrow some of his tools. His friend also drops by to see him. At the same time, his children are in the room and wants “daddy” to show them attention. His wife comes into the same room and wants to talk to him about her day. All this is happening at the same time, but his roles or offices will be different to each one as he carries on conversation with each. As his attention is diverted from one to another, he will change his language from calling his wife “honey”, his children “pumpkin”, his friend “buddy”, the man next door “neighbor”, as well as his coworker.  His actions will be different to his worker than that to his wife and children.  These varying offices will have distinct characteristics with differing boundaries and limitations in order to fulfill that office or role. The same is true with God in His various roles or offices.  The main difference between our example of a man and God is that God is infinite. He can hear a billion prayers at one time and answer each one of them simultaneously. There are no boundaries to God as He is not flesh and bone, but is everywhere, all knowing, and all powerful, the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ is that Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 4:6; 1 Peter 1:11).

 

 

    

 

 

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