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Homo Ousios or Homoi Ousios

Homo Ousios or Homoi Ousios

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Published by Joe Robinson
A study on the nature of Christ
A study on the nature of Christ

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Published by: Joe Robinson on Jan 08, 2010
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Take care lest there be some one who leads you away as prisoners by means of hisphilosophy and idle fancies, following human traditions and the world's crude notionsinstead of following Christ.Colossians 2:8-10
Homo-ousios or Homoi-ousios;The Substance of God in Relation to the substance of Man"
"Homoiousios" or "similar substance" of man (in relation to God) with the"Homoousios "(or identical substance) of Jesus as His nature relates with HisFather, our God. (Homo=same; Homoi= similar and ousios=Nature orsubstance) This debate goes back to before 324 AD when it was addressed at Nicaea inresponse to the Arian heresy and continued until 451 when at Chalcedon thestruggles over the official position and understanding of Christ's duos naturewas "finally" 'defined' in such a way as to be seemingly unassailable by theinclusion of both sides of the debate as to His humanity and His divinity. That isHe is declared to be 100% of both without nixture or conflict.I bring these and other elements of this debate together in the following thesiswhere I show to say that Christ had to have a human spirit and human will inunion with His divinity to qualify as Savior of man is to ignore the fact that a"Being" of that nature is as different from humanity as "Logos enfleshed" and sois no more qualified in respect of His identification with humanity to be theransom than the other.In Genesis, where it is stated that man was created in the image of God, there isa difficuty in translation due to the Hebrew idiom and verb tenses. The englishtranslation has a tendency to interpret this in what sounds literaly to mean thatto be made in God's Image is to be "like" God, or that before that "image" wasmarred by sin, to be an exact replication of the Creator. The Septuagint gives abetter translation in that rather than "homo-ousios" or "same as" the word"homo-iousios" (similar to) is used. Being created as the
Homoiousios
of God isto be created in His "likeness of being" which is to say as His representative,exercising just and kind, merciful and wise authority and dominion in the world.If man had been created the "same" as God in his likeness to God, man wouldhave been as "immutable" and "Impeccable" as God and would, Could not sinagainst God. Please note that I do not violate the Apostle John's warning against those who deny that the Savior came in the flesh. I amonly engaging the theological discussion as to what that actually meant as faras all the components of Christ's substance or being in view of His Impeccability.
 Joe Robinson

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