The concept of God’s self-revelation contains the idea that the revealer and what is revealed are identical. God is both the subject and content of this self- revelation. To speak of a self-revelation of God in Christ means the Christ-event, that Jesus, belongs to the essence of God. If this is not the case, then the human event of the life of Jesus would veil the God who is active in that life, and exclude the full revelation of God. Self-revelation in the proper sense of the word only takes place where the medium through which God is made known is something that is not alien to God… The concept of self-revelation demands the identity of God with the event that reveals God. ~ Pannenberg

On the one hand was the conviction that a saviour must be fully divine; on the other was the conviction that what is not assumed is not healed. Or, to put the matter in other words, the source of salvation must be God; the locus of salvation must be humanity. It is quite clear that these two principals pull in opposite directions. The Council of Chalcedon was the church’s attempt to resolve, or perhaps rather to agree to live with, that tension. Indeed to accept both principals as strongly as did the early church is already to accept the Chalcedon faith. ~ Maurice Wiles on Chalcedon


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