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Wendelin's "Christian Theology": Doctrine of the Causes of the Personal Union Outline


Thesis I:  The personal union is defined.

Explanation:  * A notable passage of Bernard.

Thesis II:  The causes and effects of this union to be considered.

Thesis III:  The matter of the personal union.

Explanation:  1.  What did the λόγος/Logos/Word assume?  2.  The false gloss of the Photinians is rejected.

Thesis IV:  The form or mode of the personal union.

Explanation:  1.  In what sense the mode of personal union might be said to consist in the perpetual conjunction of both natures?  2.  In the distinction and preservation of each nature.  3.  In the unity of the person, consisting in two naturesIt is proven, that Christ is only one person.  4.  The contrary arguments of the Photinians and Nestorians are resolved.

Thesis V:  The efficient of the personal union.

ExplanationIt is proven that the personal union was made in the very moment of conception.

Thesis VI:  The end of the personal union.

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Westminster Confession of Faith 8:2: The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come, take upon Him man's nature,1 with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin;2 being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance.3 So that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion.4 Which person is very God, and very man, yet one Christ, the only Mediator between God and man.5 


1 John 1:1,14; 1 John 5:20; Phil. 2:6; Gal. 4:4.

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