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Hypostatical Union

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the subsistence (ὑπὀστασις ) of two natures in one person, in Christ. While the reality of such a union is established by the Scriptures, and is on that account maintained by our Church (see 2nd Article of Religion-" So that two whole and perfect natures," etc.), it is to be lamented that many intricate and fruitless metaphysical questions have been debated among different sects of Christians as to the divine nature of our Lord, and the manner of the union between the Deity and a man-the parties engaged in these questions being too often hurried into presumptuous as well as unprofitable speculations-on points as far beyond the reach of the human intellect as colors to a man born blind; and forgetting that the union of the soul and body of any one among us can neither be explained nor comprehended by himself or any other, and appears the more mysterious the more we reflect upon it (Eden). (See TRINITY); (See CHRIST, PERSON OF); (See MONOPHYSITES); (See NESTORIANS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Hypostatical Union'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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