Section B - The Doctrine of Christ
Chapter B1 “The Importance of the Doctrine”
Without a coherent doctrine of Christ it is impossible to build a doctrine of salvation by grace through faith.
B2 Division of the Doctrine
The doctrine has normally been divided as follows (Loc. 1438):
A) The theanthropic person of Christ
B) the states of Christ
C) the office of Christ
I THE DOCTRINE OF THE PERSON OF CHRIST
Past critiques have focused on Lutheran apologists and their exhaustive work. Pieper responds (Loc. 1453) that the extensive writing was largely due to the critics’ objections to a traditional understanding of Christ.
Short Summary of the Doctrine
Luther (footnote 5, Loc. 2995) observed that prior to any creeds, the Church knew about the person and nature of Christ.
divine and human
unity of person
communion of natures
value of death of Christ
possessing divine gifts
retaining a human nature
infinite is held in the finite