Trinitarianism Part 6 -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:390 (Apr 1941)
Article: Trinitarianism Part 6
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Part 6

Lewis Sperry Chafer

[Author’s Note: This the sixth article on Trinitarianism presents both the humanity of Christ and a consideration of the kenosis. This has been preceded by a discussion of Christ’s Pre-existence, His Names, His Deity, and His Incarnation; and will be followed by an article on the Hypostatic Union.]

VII. His Humanity


A specific treatment of the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ is indicated in any Christological thesis. Unavoidably, this aspect of truth concerning Christ has been anticipated to some extent in previous sections of this discussion, and the theme must reappear in that which is to follow. A new reality is constituted in the Person of Christ by the adding of His Humanity to that which from all eternity has been His undiminished Deity. Apart from this union of two natures there is no Theanthropic Person, no Mediator, no Redeemer, and no Savior. The whole truth relative to the Christ has not been reached when perchance His essential Deity has been demonstrated; nor has it been reached when a similar demonstration of His essential humanity has been made. The Christ of God is the incomparable-and to no small degree, the unknowable-combination of these two natures. The weighing of that which is divine, or that which is human in the God-man-apart from natural limitations on the part of the student-is comparatively an uncomplicated matter. Endless complexity arises when these two natures combine in one person, as they do in Christ. This complexity will be considered in the division of this thesis

which follows. The objective in the present investigation is the discovery and recognition of Christ’s humanity.

The Christian era has seen a reversal of emphasis in its Christology. The early centuries were characterized by discussions calculated to establish the humanity of Christ; while the present requirement seems to be the recognition of, and emphasis upon, His Deity. In his Gospel, the Apostle John has presented the Deity of Christ, and in his Epistles he has as faithfully asserted His humanity. It was indicative of the time in which he wrote when he said: “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Chris is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:2, 3).

A strong incentive arises at this point to go into the historical aspects of th...

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