Is Jesus a Creature?




Full Question

If Jesus’ human nature is created, does that make him a creature?

Answer

While Jesus has a human nature, he is not a human person. Jesus is a divine person with a human and divine nature.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

After the Council of Chalcedon, some made of Christ’s human nature a kind of personal subject. Against them, the fifth ecumenical council, at Constantinople in 553, confessed that “there is but one hypostasis [or person], which is our Lord Jesus Christ, one of the Trinity.” Thus everything in Christ’s human nature is to be attributed to his divine person as its proper subject, not only his miracles but also his sufferings and even his death: “He who was crucified in the flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ, is true God, Lord of glory, and one of the Holy Trinity” (CCC 488)

In parallel fashion, [the Church] had to recall on each occasion that Christ’s human nature belongs, as his own, to the divine person of the Son of God, who assumed it. Everything that Christ is and does in this nature derives from “one of the Trinity.” The Son of God therefore communicates to his humanity his own personal mode of existence in the Trinity. In his soul as in his body, Christ thus expresses humanly the divine ways of the Trinity (CCC 470).


By  Fr. Charles Grondin





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2 comments

  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    The Godhead now has a human component that it did not have before the conception of Christ. Without it, there could be no shed blood; no intercession at the right hand of the father; no faith in the Father that brought Him the righteousness by faith which He could share with us; and no mediatorship between us and the Father.
    His divinity as the Word allows us to surrender to Him for access to all of this.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I’m more interested in the idea that Jesus and Yahweh are one and the same. This means Jesus drowned the entire world in a mythical flood, killed innocent firstborn in Egypt, killed 70,000 innocents because King Dave took a census, commanded genocide in Canaan, and so on. If Jesus and Yahweh are one and the same, then he’s just as evil as his dad.
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    Actually Jesus is even more evil because prior to his arrival, everyone good and bad alike went to Sheol where they were permanently unconscious. Sheol was not a place of punishment. Before the “good news” of Jesus, Jews believed those in Sheol would be wakened at the end of time, judged and rewarded with a renewed paradise or if found wanting, destroyed. Fair enough. Along comes Jesus, and his “good news” is that we will be judged immediately upon death and if found wanting, sentenced to eternal torment. Our condition most certainly did not improve!
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    Mankind has never devised anything quite so evil as this concept of eternal punishment, by an all-knowing god who knows in advance who will go to Hell, but allows it to happen anyway, and of course eternal punishment for mere humans who live but a handful of decades is atrociously unjust, particularly since this god has ensured that there is absolutely no objective evidence for his very existence. Jesus even sends completely innocent, unbaptized infants to Hell (default position of the RCC catechism).
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    Fortunately none of this happened. We know today there was no six day creation, no two-person DNA bottleneck (required for original sin), no global flood, no mass Exodus from Egypt and no conquest of Canaan. Without these things there is no foundation for Yahweh, and thus no need for Jesus to save us from him(self).

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