Through my recent discussions regarding the nature of Christ and whether or not the divine was crucified or not; one important point has continually been missed from the discussion – and that is that of the logos. The word of God becoming flesh.
John tells us that in the beginning was the word. John 1 The word was with God and the word was God…14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
When we teach that the divine nature of Christ did not suffer on the cross – we are in effect saying that the body of Christ was no longer the logos. That the flesh was no longer the word.
Throughout my discussions elsewhere a number of comments have been offered. One is that the divine nature of Jesus went and preached in hell, while the human nature died on the cross. The problem with this is that it falls into the ancient heresy of Nestorism in that Jesus had two wills, and was in fact two persons sharing the one shell. However, the other problem with this position is if we teach that, we are teaching that the divine nature of Christ escaped the punishment of the cross and went to preach in hell, before Christ died on the cross. Within this framework of discussion, there is no historical precedence to make this conclusion that our soul / spirit departs our body before death.
If indeed John is correct. (Did you see what I did there?) And the Logos did indeed become flesh. Why would we then create a doctrine which then denies the flesh being the Logos? It simply wont do.