Page Summary: Biblical Studies on Christ, Christology, Jesus, Son of God, His Incarnation, Humanity, Deity, Life, Teachings, Work on the Cross, Resurrection, Ascension, Hypostatic Union, His Mother, Names of Christ, Offices of Christ, Title of Christ, theofanies, Christ's appearances in the Old Testament, Pre-existence of Christ, etc.

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32 Christology (Doctrine of Christ)
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32.00 General Works on Christology   32.08 Present Work
32.01 Incarnation, Humanity 32.09 Hypostatic Union
32.02 Messiah 32.10 Mother of Jesus
32.03 Deity of Jesus Christ (separate page) 32.11 Names of Christ
32.04 Life of Christ32.12 Offices and Titles of Christ
32.05 Teachings 32.13 Christ in the Old Testament
32.06 Work on the Cross32.14 Pre-existence, OT Appearances
32.07 Resurrection and Ascension 32.15 Jesus in Coming Prophetical Events
  32.16 Miracles of Christ
  32.17 Death of Christ
See also 26 Gospels and Acts

32.09 Hypostatic Union   <top of page>

Kenosis - Heresy that says that Jesus gave up some of His divine attributes in becoming a man. article (1/2 page explaining the heresy)

Hypostatic Union - Union of two natures (Divine and human) of Jesus Christ.

     This is the union of the two natures (Divine and human) in the person of Jesus. Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; 10:30-33; 20:28; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 1:8). He is fully God and fully man (Col. 2:9); thus, He has two natures: God and man. He is not half God and half man. He is 100% God and 100% man. He never lost his divinity.1 He continued to exist as God when He became a man and added human nature to Himself (Phil. 2:5-11). Therefore, there is a "union in one person of a full human nature and a full divine nature."2   Right now in heaven there is a man, Jesus, who is our Mediator between us and God the Father (1 Tim. 2:5). (For related information on Jesus and His two natures, see Incarnation, and the errors concerning His natures known as Eutychianism, Monophycitism, and Nestorianism.)

Jesus as God   Jesus as Man
He is worshiped (Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33).   He worshiped the Father (John 17).
He is prayed to (Acts 7:59).   He prayed to the Father (John 17).
He is sinless (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15).   He was tempted (Matt. 4:1).
He knows all things (John 21:17).   He grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52).
He gives eternal life (John 10:28).   He died (Rom. 5:8).
All the fullness of deity dwells in Him (Col. 2:9).   He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).

 This definition taken from CARM.ORG article on Hypostatic Union.

1. Divinity means the quality of being God. Jesus was always God. There are people within the Christian church who are teaching that after Jesus died on the cross, He lost His divinity and suffered in hell at the hands of Satan for three days and nights. This is absolutely wrong. See, A Different Gospel by D. R. McConnell, Peabody Mass., Hendrickson Publishers, 1988 and Christianity in Crisis, by Hank Hannegraaff. Harvest House Publishers, 1993.

2. B. Milne, Know the Truth (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1982, p. 145.

Bavinck - The Divine and Human Nature of Christ
Derickson -
Hypostatic Union (a) 47K (17 pages)
Goodwin - He Emptied Himself

Sites - article "Jesus' Two Natures".
Theopedia - article "Two natures of Jesus".
Wikipedia - article "Hypostatic Union".
Max Anders - article "Kenosis and Jesus' Incarnation".
Chong - "On Jesus' Eschatological Ignorance". (Baptist site)
Robert McLaughlin - article "Doctrine of Kenosis" (trained under RB Thieme)