The Chalcedonian Creed was adopted at the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451. Chalcedon was an early centre of Christianity located in Asia Minor. The Council was the fourth of the Ecumenical Councils that are accepted by Chalcedonian churches which include the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and most Protestant churches. – Wikipaedia.
- Jesus has two natures — He is God and man.
- Each nature is full and complete — He is fully God and fully man.
- Each nature remains distinct.
- Christ is only one Person.
- Things that are true of only one nature are nonetheless true of the Person of Christ.
- (copied from an article by John Piper).
Lord Jesus has always been God from eternity past to eternity future. But He has not always been man. He took on the human nature when He incarnated 2000 years ago. He is not God minus some elements of His divine nature then, but fully God plus one new nature – the nature of man.
In the gospels, we read of His miracles and exploits which proved His omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence.
Yet there was an attempt by the NAR prophets to twist the doctrine of Christology that He was just mere man without His divine attributes when He was on earth. All His miracles and exploits were the result of the enabling power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him. This false teaching was to make their followers believe that they could perform the same miracles as mere men with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit in them.
In John 2:18-22, we read that He as fully God could raise Himself up in 3 days.
(Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.)
In Mark 2:1-12, we learned that He had the authority on earth as God to forgive sins.