What is the hypostatic union?

The hypostatic union is the Christian doctrine derived out of the Bible concerning the person of Jesus. It is the teaching that in the one person of Christ there are two distinct natures: the divine and the human. The hypostatic union was canonized at the Council of Chalcedon in 4511  Hypostatic is derived from the Greek hypostasis and is tranlsated as "nature" in the NASB in Heb. 1:3, "And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power." It is translated as "image" in the ASV, KJV and NKJV, "imprint" in the ESV and NRSV.

  • 1. Fahlbusch, E., & Bromiley, G. W. (1999-<2003). The encyclopedia of Christianity (2:675). Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leiden, Netherlands: Wm. B. Eerdmans; May 2000, page 675.




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