CPG 3741a
Actual Author or Source unknown
Source of Attribution to Julius I Apollinaris or someone from his movement
Other Translations German: Lietzmann, Apollinaris von Laodicea und seine Schule: Texte und Untersuchungen, 318-321.

Fragment 185: For whoever says that Christ was a man in whom God was is godless, because he makes the Lord into one of the creatures and changes the truth of his deity as if God were created.

Fragment 186: Concerning the incarnation of the Word and the faith: we believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, who was born from the Virgin Mary, that the same on is the eternal Son and Word of God and not a man assumed by God so that he is one as opposed to another. For the Son of God did not assume a man so that he is one as opposed to another, but, being a complete God, has become at the same time also a complete man, incarnate from a virgin. We believe in Christ Jesus in that we also confess him as God in a divine nature, not just in fellowship with the deity. For it is he who communicates himself in a divine way and blew the Holy Spirit into his disciples. It is he who according to the flesh died for the sake of our redemption. It is he who also redeemed those who believe in him from sin. He is not a man like us who was assumed by God, but he is God who exalted men as it is written, “The Lord exalts the humble” (Lk 1:52), that is, the Lord is he who was born of Mary, “through whom all is” (1 Cor 8:6), as Paul says. He is the Word of God. We curse, however, those who speak of the sufferings of the deity and those who call Christ a crucified man and do not confess that he was crucified in his entire divine hypostasis.

Fragment 187: Of the incarnation of God the Word and the faith we confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, who was born from the Virgin, is the Son of God before the world and not a man who was assumed by God, as if he were someone else as opposed to God the Word. For the Son of God did not assume a man who was someone else as opposed to him, but while being complete God he has become flesh from the Virgin Mary, as the Holy Scriptures testify. For the prophet Hosea says, “I will not allow for Jacob to be destroyed, and I am God and not a man” (Hos 11:9), and the prophet Jeremiah says, “He is our God and not another like him. He has given Jacob the way and Israel the law. And after this he appeared on earth and walked among men” (Bar 3:35-37). It is God the Word who became flesh from the Virgin. Therefore we believe in the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Spirit, the true God, one worship, the glory of the Son with the Father in the worship and glory of the Spirit. But if anyone adds another glory beyond the holy voice of the seraphim, who cry there and say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the strong Lord, of whose glory heaven and earth are full” (Is 6:3), let him be cursed. And he who completed the entire glory and divine dispensation which took place for the sake of the life of men, who descended to the cross even though he was the Lord of glory, and not being overpowered by death he laid down his soul, as all men, and he died the death and let the imperishable life shine and granted us to be victorious over sin and crush death. So if anyone confesses the one born from Mary not as God become flesh, let him be cursed. If anyone does not confess that he is consubstantial to his Father and God from God, without beginning and without end, unchanged in his incarnation and not suffering in his sufferings, let him again be cursed. For if anyone maintains our Lord is from heaven, let him be cursed. Or if anyone maintains that he is a creature by nature of a creature from nothing, let him be cursed. If anyone calls him God and honors him as the uncreated God, let him be blessed, because he is not offended at his body and his sufferings, but honors him who was honored bodiless also in the body and as the one and only Son of God from eternity to eternity. But we learn also to believe in his second glorious and dreadful coming and in the teaching of holy baptism for the forgiveness of sins and for the resurrection of the house of the dead, which our Lord in his mercy gives to us all that we may exist without shame and disgrace before the dreadful court of the divinity. To him be praise in eternity. Amen.

Translated by AMJ

Last updated: 6-13-2013

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