What is the Hypostatic Union?
Today I was talking to some students about the Hypostatic Union. But what, I hear you ask, is this Hypostatic Union? Well, the Hypostatic Union is the fact that Christ's human nature and Christ's divine nature are joined in one person. (In fact, Hypostatic really just means personal.)
This means that Christ is fully human and fully divine; He is not part man and part God. Neither is He a mixture between God and Man (that would make Him neither really God nor really human, but some sort of third option instead). Rather Christ is, in the words of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 'God and Man in two distinct natures and one person forever.'
Ever since AD 451, Christians have explained the Hypostatic Union with the Definition of Chalcedon (sometimes called the Chalcedonian Creed):
We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body; consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.