Sunday, January 27, 2013

christological implications of Zwinglianism

Zwinglianism is not merely a slightly incomplete view of the eucharist, but even has christological implications; in this passage, Luther sheds light on one of them:
They raise a hue and cry against us, saying that we mingle the two natures into one essence.  This is not true. We do not say that divinity is humanity, or that the divine nature is the human nature, which would be confusing the natures into one essence. Rather, we merge the two distinct natures into one single person, and say, God is man and man is God. We in turn raise a hue and cry against them for separating the person of Christ as though there were two persons. If Zwingli's alloeosis stands, then Christ will have to be two persons, one a divine and the other a human person, since Zwingli applies all the texts concerning the passion only to the human nature and completely excludes them from the divine nature.  But if the works are divided and separated, the person will also have to be separated, since all the doing and suffering are not ascribed to natures but to persons.  It is the person who does and suffers everything, the one thing according to this nature and the other thing according to the other nature, all of which scholars know perfectly well.  Therefore we regard our Lord Christ as God and man in one person, "neither confusing the natures nor dividing the person.

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