Veiled in Flesh the Godhead See: A Study of the Kenosis of Christ

A tragic lack of familiarity with the historical development of classical Christology has resulted in the acceptance of unbiblical views of Christ’s self-emptying. The post-Enlightenment doctrine of Kenotic Theology continues to exert its influence on contemporary evangelical models of the kenosis, seen primarily in those who would have Christ’s deity circumscribed by His humanity during His earthly ministry. Keeping moored to the text of Scripture and to Chalcedonian orthodoxy combats this error and shows Christ’s kenosis to consist not in the shedding of His divine attributes or prerogatives but in the veiling of the rightful expression of His divine glory. The eternal Son emptied Himself not by the subtraction of divinity but by the addition of humanity, and, consistent with the Chalcedonian definition of the hypostatic union, the incarnate Son acts in and through both divine and human natures at all times. A biblical understanding of these things leads to several significant implications for the Christian life.