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"I & My Father are One"

On the 21st of Meskerem of the Ge’ez calendar, we remember the fathers of our church who gathered to renounce heresy. Since this day fell on the feast of St. Mary-she is known to be St. Mary of the multitude--for a multitude of Fathers gathered on this feast of St. Mary.

In the 4th century, there was a man named Arius who received the priesthood in Alexandria. Arius began teaching outside of the dogma of our church saying “The Son is also a creation, not equal as Creator.” With one heart, & through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the 318 fathers of the Council of Nicea denounced the teaching as heresy, & excommunicated Arius. They explained that our Lord, God, & Savior Jesus Christ is God; & they established the beginning of the Nicene Creed & other rites of our church.

"that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God" Lk 1:35. The Son is `born of the Father before all ages'. The Father witnessed to Him in the second Psalm saying, "You are MY Son today I have begotten You" Ps 2:7. St. Paul quoted this saying, "For to which of the angels did He ever say: You are My Son, Today I have begotten You ... But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him" Heb 1:5-6.

What are YOU? a man, or the son of a man?

BOTH. Christ is God, and the son of God! His nature is fully Divine. And later took flesh, without mingling, mixing or confusion.

"All things were made through Him" & "He was in the world, & the world was made through Him, & the world did not know Him" Jn 1; how could He then create the world if He is not God?  Jn 1:3, "All things were made through Him & without Him nothing was made that was made" & "He was in the world, & the world was made through Him" Jn 1:10. The Lord Jesus Christ about Himself, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven & on earth" Matt 28:18. It was said about angels that they are sons of God Job 1:6 & 38:7. As for Christ, He is the Only Son which means that He is the only One of His Nature and Essence. Jn 3:16 & 18; 1:18 & 1Jn 4:9

Oh 318 father bless us with your crosseson your hand for the sake of Mary the bearer of word.

Sources: Lisan Tewahdo; Pope Shenouda-the Heresy of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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