The Word became flesh to dwell among us.

The flesh must become divine to dwell within God.

The miaphysites are correct. Jesus has to be of only one nature, a perfect fusion of divinity and humanity. Our aim is to become one with God and we cannot become completely one with God if our human and our (eventual) divine natures are separate. But, through our union with Christ we are conformed to his nature and so become human and (eventually) divine in one nature, capable of full inclusion within God.



  1. I have been reading a bit about the miaphysite controversy. It may be true that the flesh must become divine to elevate itself enough to “dwell within God.” But the other case is another matter. God does not have to become as sinful as me to put on humanity.

    So I at least do not think the case proven.


  2. Sinfulness is an accident, not an essence, of humanity. And, of course, the joke is still the same: we are there already, did we but see.

  3. I believe the problem is a bit more basic.

    Most people are not human.

    Human nature doesn’t need to be raised to the Divine – it already is, created in the image of God. Most people do not live as humans, but as subhuman. I won’t say “animal” because animals live as animals and so are what they should be, except in those places in which our subhuman behavior deforms them into our image; dog fighting, bull fighting, attack dogs, etc.

    That is what I believe Christ came and died for; not to “raise” a human nature that already contained the Divine, but to remind us what human is, transcending even subhuman fears of death and poverty and shame.

  4. God does not have to become as sinful as me to put on humanity.

    I think Jesus had the same potential to sin that we have. Surely that’s the whole point of the temptation narratives. But then I view original sin as propensity rather than an inherited substance. Of course, we always end up sinning but then we are only human. Jesus’ nature contained the divine within it which gave him a distinct advantage.