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17. The Oneness of the Being of Christ

1. The dual number is used in speaking of the two naturesin Christ, the divine and the human. If both natures werepredicated in the abstract of Christ, he would be twobeings and not one. The two natures are, therefore, predicated ofChrist, not abstractly, but concretely, as they are concreted inone Person. And thus Christ is one.

2. Since oneness and being are reallythe same, the being of Christ is one. Human nature is not merelyadjoined to the divine Nature of the Son of God, but is united toit hypostatically. Nothing new comes to the divine Person by thisunion, no newness or otherness of being; what occurs is arelation according to which the eternal Person of the Son nowsubsists in two natures. And thus the being of Christ isone being.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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