The Council of Chalcedon
(451 AD) interpreted the humanity of Christ by Athanasius'
Letter 59 to Epictetus of Corinth, and
Gregory of Nazianzus' Epistle 101 to
Cledonius Against Apollinarius. These letters shed very
important light on beliefs about the atonement held at the time of the
Council. See also
John Meyendorff, Orthodox
theologian and church historian, on the history of beliefs about
As an expression of those creeds in
we specifically affirm:
The only true God, the
almighty Creator of all things,
in three persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
full of life, love, and
The unique divine
authority of the Bible.
The value and dignity of
in Godís image to live in love and holiness,
corrupted by the fall,
from God and each other because of our sin,
experiencing the wrath of God.
Jesus Christ, fully human
and fully divine,
reveals the Father perfectly,
as humanityís perfect representative,
judged the corruption of sin within himself,
cleansed his human nature
through his life, death, and bodily
ascended as Savior and Lord,
stands as humanityís representative before the Father.
The Holy Spirit, the lord
indwells believers, joining them to Jesus Christ
shares with believers the transforming life
and power of Christ,
restores relations intended by God from creation,
empowers men and women for leadership in the church and service in
Justification in Jesus
Christ by the Spirit
to all who repent and put
in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
The unity of all
believers in Jesus Christ by the Spirit,
in worshiping and witnessing churches
disciples throughout the world.
The future personal
and victorious reign of Jesus Christ,
renew the creation,
who will reveal the
secrets of all,
judge all people by our responses to him,
continue to condemn the corruption within the unrepentant
welcome the redeemed into
the eternal life, love, and goodness of
the Triune God.