I believe and confess that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Word of God before
the ages, the co-eternal Son of the unoriginate Father, and that He Himself is also without
beginning. He is true God of true God, Light of Light, the uncreated and Only-begotten Son. He is consubstantial with the Father, that is, He is of one essence with the Father yet remains unconfused with the Father.
The Father begets the Son outside of time and without beginning, and there was never a
time when the Father was without His Son, through Whom all things visible and invisible were created. He became incarnate in time in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit and became man. I believe and confess that He was perfect God and perfect man from the very moment of His Incarnation.
I confess that He has two natures: the fullness of the divine nature, for, according to the
Scriptures, “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9), and the fullness of human nature, even as He proclaims Himself to be the “Son of Man.” I worship two inseparable and unmingled natures in Him, united in one person. (Consider as an example an iron made red hot by fire: one may cut with the iron and burn with the fire; although the two elements are distinct, yet, in this case, they are inseparable.)
I confess Christ as being not subject to suffering in His Godhead, but subject to suffering
in His manhood. He descended to earth while yet filling the Heavens. He became incarnate in the virginal womb without departing from the bosom of the Father. I confess a condescension of the Godhead but not a change of place.
I also acknowledge that there are two wills and operations (or energies) in Him, the
divine and the human, even as He Himself demonstrated to us at the tomb of Lazarus. The two wills and operations are in harmony, but the one does not absorb the other. I worship two natures and two wills and two energies, but one Person and one Hypostasis.
According to Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, He is the visible of the invisible Father, even as the
Father is the invisible of the Son, and it is through the Son that we are created in the image of God.