The Doctrine of The Hypostatic Union

BibleThis brief study is a follow-up to a previous study called “Kenosis”. As stated in the previous study, Kenosis is the teaching that when our Lord Jesus Christ came to earth as man, He “emptied” Himself of all His divine attributes (see previous study), thus He ceased being the Son of God (just as a reminder, Jesus is God Himself) and was simply a man in the flesh.

The proper doctrine concerning this issue is the doctrine of the “Hypostatic Union”. Very briefly, the “Hypostatic Union” is a term used to describe how God the Son, Jesus Christ, took on a human nature, yet remained fully God at the same time. The English adjective “hypostatic” comes from the Greek word “Hupostasis” meaning “union in one”, “personal” or “distinctly personal”.

Jesus took on a human nature, yet remained fully God at the same time. Jesus always had been God (John 8:58; 10:30), but at the incarnation Jesus become fully human (John 1:14). The addition of the human nature to the divine nature is Jesus, the God-man. This is the hypostatic union, Jesus Christ, one person fully God and fully man.

It is important to note that the two natures of Christ maintain their complete identity while being joined in personal union forever. The characteristics of His human nature belong to the human part of Him; the characteristics of His divine nature belong to the God part of Him. Each nature has its own attributes that adhere to that nature. Jesus is never half-God and half-man or half-man and half-God

Sometimes He operated from His human nature only as in Matthew 4:2 – after fasting 40 days Jesus was hungry. Or John 19:28 – Jesus thirst.

Sometimes He operated from His divine nature only as in John 10:30 – “I and My Father are one”.

Many cults exist and deny the deity of Christ because they don’t understand this doctrine and they don’t want to. Satan has blinded them as well as others even in Christendom.

The doctrine of the “Hypostatic Union” may seem to be a doctrine we are incapable of understanding. It is impossible for us to fully understand how God works. We, as human beings with finite minds (limited), should not expect to totally comprehend an infinite God (Unlimited). if we “rightly divide the Word (2 Tim. 2:15) and seek the face of our Lord in prayer and study, the Lord will open our minds to His Word and will.

In summary Jesus became a human being in order to identify with us in our struggles, Hebrew 2:17, and more importantly, so He could die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, Philippians 2:5-11. The hypostatic union doctrine teaches that Jesus is both fully divine and fully human, that there is no mixture or dilution of either nature, and that He is one united person forever.

May the Lord continue to enrich us through His word.

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