The next several Round-ups will focus on one article from the Spring Edition of the Center for Theology. Today, take some time to read the Rev. Christopher Klukas’ essay on Article II of the 39 Articles, “Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man.”
The 39 Articles are the historic defining statements of Anglican doctrine, established in the 16th century during the English Reformation. They were formed with an eye towards balancing the principles of Calvinism with Roman Catholicism, and even today they stand as a Middle Way between both traditions. While not a comprehensive survey of orthodox doctrine, they are helpful in identifying some of the essential beliefs of the Christian faith. A survey of the 39 Articles will help a believer understand authentic Christianity.
The Center for Theology has begun a series offering reflections on each of the 39 Articles, explaining why the Article is important to the church and how it can be applied to everyone’s spiritual devotion. John Pryor explored Article I, “Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.” Now, we have the reflection on Article II from Christopher Klukas.
Article II focuses on the Two Natures of Jesus Christ, explaining the importance of Christ’s full humanity and his full divinity to the church. The Incarnation is a central doctrine in Christianity, for it identifies the source of our salvation–God. Jesus was not a man who became God, nor was he a God in the form of a man. He was fully God and fully man, able to take on our flesh in order to transform it. While the Incarnation is a mystery when considering how Jesus can have two natures, the purpose of the doctrine itself is to show that God fully redeemed humanity through Jesus. No half-solutions for God (as the case would be with lesser visions of Christ’s nature).
To learn more, be sure to read Christopher’s excellent piece.