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Nature of Christ Blog 11

Communication of Attributes

Blog 11

Communication of attributes (communicatio idiomatum) is the sharing of the attributes between the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ.
The Bible referred the works of Christ’s humanity to the divinity as written in the book of Acts, "Church of God which He purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20 :28). The verse referred to the divinity as it employed an attribute of humanity (shedding of the blood) because the work was done by Christ, the incarnated God.

Gospel of John used the two titles, “The Son of God” and “The Son of Man” interchangeably when describing the coming of Christ on Judgement Day.
When the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live (John 5:25).
Has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man (John 5:27).

The title "Son of Man" describes Jesus as the one who is above all.
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven (Jn. 3:13).
He who comes from heaven is above all (Jn. 3:31).

The Messiah was described as the Son of Man and the Son of God (John 20:31).
“We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, The Son of Man must be lifted up" (John 12:34).
"These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God" (John 20:31).

St. Ignatius of Antioch said in the first century that, “The blood of God, the suļ¬€ering of my God, and God ...was conceived by Mary.” [1]

The church called Him the one Christ and assigned all of His attributes (divinity and humanity) to Him.

[1] J. N. D. Kelly, “Early Christian doctrines,” (London: Black, 1986) 143.


  1. I love the part that mentions the two titles in John Gospel


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