Recently we recited the Chalcedonian Creed, which is a historic formulation of the person and natures of Christ. It emerged from the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451 as a response to the teachings of Nestorianism, which taught that Christ is two separate persons. (Nestorius taught that Jesus is not the Son of God, but that the Son of God lived inside him). The Chalcedonian creed affirms that Christ is one person with two natures–human and divine. Below is a copy of the creed that we recited:

Chalcedonian Creed

We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach people to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood;

 truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body;

 consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood;

 in all things like unto us, without sin;

 begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood;

 one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably;

 the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ;

 as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.

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Chalcedonian Creed

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