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« on: March 31, 2008, 05:49:31 PM »

Dear folks,

Could someone clarify, with good Orthodox quotes and/or references: After the Incarnation, is Christ God-Man forever, or is He God-Man merely between His Incarnation and His Ascension? Does the Chalcedon dogmat teach that He is simultaneously God and Man right now?

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 06:28:19 PM »

The Fourth Ecumenical Council decreed that the Two Natures of Christ are indivisible in the One Hypostasis. This is precisely why the Council emphasised that the Two Natures are distinct yet indivisible. Christ continues to be the "Theanthropos" (God-Man) since the Incarnation with Two Natures. Here is an extract from the Counciltranslated into English from ccel:
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Following the holy Fathers 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 things 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, unconfusedly, immutably, 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.

Source: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.xi.xiii.html
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 06:34:27 PM »

^ Many-many thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for.
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