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The divinity question

Hymns help us grasp Jesus' nature

Jesus’ divinity and his humanity have been at the heart of controversies for 2,000 years. At times Christians have fallen into the heresy of denying Jesus’ divinity; at other times they have rejected his humanity. To affirm one without the other is to deny the biblical witness and the faith we confess in the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human.

Jesus was not part human and part divine. We confess Christ to be fully human and fully divine. John begins his Gospel with such a declaration: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... And the Word became flesh and lived among us ....”


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