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The Trinitarian Perspectives on the Humanity of Jesus in Relation to Our Humanity

The Trinitarian Perspectives on the Humanity of Jesus in Relation to Our Humanity

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The Trinitarian Perspectives onthe Humanity of Jesus in Relation to Our Humanity
ByTimothy Ching Lung LAM
An Outline of the Term Paper Submitted to Dr. Hung Biu KWOK of Alliance Bible Seminaryin Partial Fulfillment of theRequirements for the Course of TH512-E: Systematic Theology IIFall 2003
Timothy Ching Lung LAMStudent ID Number: D023111December 29, 2003
 
Contents
1.
 
INTRODUCTION.......................................................................................................................................1
 
2.
 
THE DEFICIENCIES OF THE CLASSICAL DOCTRINES OF THE
 ANHYPOSTASIS-ENHYPOSTASIS 
COUPLET AND CHRISTOLOGICAL
 PERICHORESIS 
.........2
 
2.1. T
HE
M
EANING OF THE
 A
 NHYPOSTASIS 
-E 
 NHYPOSTASIS 
 
C
OUPLET
............................22.2. T
HE
D
EFICIENCIES OF THE
 A
 NHYPOSTASIS 
-E 
 NHYPOSTASIS 
 
C
OUPLET
.....................52.3. T
HE
M
EANING OF
C
HRISTOLOGICAL
 P 
 ERICHORESIS 
...............................................72.4. T
HE
D
EFICIENCIES OF
C
HRISTOLOGICAL
 P 
 ERICHORESIS 
......................................10
3.
 
REASSESSMENTS OF THE CLASSICAL THEOLOGIES OF THE
 ANHYPOSTASIS-ENHYPOSTASIS 
COUPLET AND CHRISTOLOGICAL
 PERICHORESIS 
.......12
 
3.1. T
HE
ELATIONAL
M
ODEL OF THE
 A
 NHYPOSTASIS 
-E 
 NHYPOSTASIS 
 
C
OUPLET
.......123.2. T.F.
 
T
ORRANCE
S
V
ICARIOUS
H
UMANITY OF
C
HRIST IN VIEW OF
P
ERICHORECTIC
C
OACTIVITY
............................................................................................................16
3.2.1. The Vicarious Humanity of Christ..............................................................................................16 
 
3.2.2.
 
The Trinitarian Perichorectic Coactivity....................................................................................18
 
3.2.3.
 
The Integrated Model of the Relational Anhypostasis-Enhypostasis Couplet, the Vicarious Humanity of Christ, and the Trinitarian Perichorectic Coactivity.............................................20
 
4.
 
CONCLUSION..........................................................................................................................................21
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY.................................................................................................................................................I
 
 
The Trinitarian Perspectives on the Humanity of Jesus in Relation to Our Humanity Systematic Theology II Page 1 By Timothy Ching Lung LAM 
1. Introduction
According to Gregory of Nazianzus, “
the unassumed is the unhealed 
,” and therefore Jesusshould have assumed our 
 fallen, sinful and alienated humanity
in order to be a truly man inthe same way as we are in order to save us.
1
However, it appears to be logically impossiblefor the unity of the
 fallen humanity
and the
divinity
in the one Person of Jesus. Stressing oneither sides or synthesizing the two would result in a formation of heresy as witnessedthroughout history such as Docetism, Apollinarianism, Eutychianism, etc. Most importantly,failure to affirm this unity would result in inefficacy of the salvation, which accordingly leadsto the collapse of the entire Gospel.In this respect, many theologians had attempted to tackle the unity of the two apparentlycontradicted natures in Jesus using some theological concepts such as the
anhypostasis-enhypostasis
couplet and Christological
 perichoresis
. Nevertheless, thedebates continue even today due to their respective deficiencies. Some theologians evenadmitted that the matter at issue was beyond human apprehension as the Scots Confessionasserted the incarnation as the “most wondrous conjunction” and the Formula of Concordacknowledged it “next to the mystery of the Trinity, this is the chiefest mystery.”
2
 Having said that, there has been an increasing emphasis in relational approaches to thisclassical Christology and that a relational concept of person is being introduced by somecontemporary theologians such as Wolfhart Pannenberg, Colin Gunton, and T.F. Torrance.Their main emphasis appears to stress on the relationality of personhood, which liesultimately in relationship with God for the triune God is a relational God.
3
In this respect,the goal of this paper is to reassess the classical theological concepts of the
anhypostasis-enhypostasis
couplet and the Christological
 perichoresis
and refine themthrough the integration of the Trinitarian perspectives in order to affirm the full humanity of Jesus in relation to our humanity.
1
Walter A. Elwell, ed.
 Evangelical Dictionary of Theology,
(Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book HouseCompany, May 1990), 242.
2
Scots Confession, 7; Formula of Concord, Epitome, 8: Affirmative 12 quoted in Geoffrey Bromiley, “TheReformers and the Humanity of Christ,” eds. by Marguerite Shuster & Richard Muller,
 Perspectives on Christology. Essays in Honor of Paul K. Jewett, ( 
Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1991), 103.
3
Stanley J. Grenz, “The Social God and the Relational Self: Toward a Theology of the
 Imago Dei
in thePostmodern Context,”
 Horizons in Biblical Theology
, Vol. 24 (2002): 57.

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