Monday in the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time

The Creed of Chalcedon

one and the same…Son

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born [of you] will be called, ‘holy—the Son of God’” (Luke 1:35).

We return again to this line in the Creed: “One and the same…Son.”  Though I digressed yesterday speaking of the Father’s eternal generation of the Son, today I wish to speak more directly to the Son’s generation in the “fullness of time” (that is, his Incarnation) through the virginal conception (Galatians 4:4).  The Creed is adamant that the one begotten of His Father from before all time came down from heaven and assumed a human nature from a virgin named, “Mary,” in a town called, “Nazareth,” during the reign of Caesar Augustus.  No, it does not say that in so many words but assumes so from the Nicene Creed the century before.  And so the Creed contends that what took place in the Incarnation was the uniting of two natures—human and divine—in the one person of the Son; indeed, this is what the Creed of Chalcedon is all about and proclaims loudly for all the faithful to hear and believe.  In a few more lines, we will see how the Creed relates the two natures but for now its concern is with the one person.

Mary could not understand how she was to birth the one whom the angel announced to her in his visitation; after all, she was a virgin.  Although betrothed, she apparently understood the angel’s words to be fulfilled directly.  I find it amazing how the angel puts words to the perhaps the most sublime miracle God ever foisted upon a woman for the sake of humankind.  The Holy Spirit is to “overshadow” her and from her body prepare a body for the Son eternally begotten of his Father to take unto himself thus uniting humanity to divinity.  He did not have a human nature before this act which happened at a certain time and certain place in our time and space—no, before that moment he was “only” the eternal Son of the Father.  But in that moment of earthly time, the eternal Son became embryonic within the womb of Mary, which womb would nurture, carry, and ultimately bear the baby who was and remains at the right hand of power, the Incarnate Lord.

And this Lord is one person—the Son of God made the Son of Man for the purpose of redeeming man—one and the same Son uniting in himself both divine and human natures.  It is beyond complete human comprehension, but that’s what makes it a divine mystery and so beautiful.  The Son of God became a son of man that sons of men might become sons of God.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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