Humanity and Deity

Read the first of John of Damascus’ Three Treatises on the Divine Images the other week as part of my pre-reformation reading.  Found this an interesting statement about the incarnation: “for the nature of the flesh did not become divinity, but as the Word became flesh immutably, remaining what it was, so also the flesh became the Word without losing what it was, being rather made equal to the Word hypostatically” (p. 22 of my popular patristics edition).

Its sort of the inverse of the extra-Calvinisticum: just as the Word became flesh without ceasing to be who He had eternally been, so Christ’s flesh was united to the Word without ceasing to be normal, human flesh.  His deity did not dwarf his humanity any more than his humanity eclipsed his deity.

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