Against the Ubiquity & Multi-Presence of Christ’s Human Nature

“He is not here: for He is risen.”

Mt. 28:6

“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.”

Mk. 16:19

“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Lk. 24:39

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Subsection

On the Communion of the Two Natures of Christ & the Extra Calvinisticum

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Order of Contents

Ubiquity  1
.     Latin  5
Multi-Presence  1
.     Latin  2


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Against the Ubiquity (Everywhere-ness) of Christ’s Human Nature

Article

Zanchi, Jerome – ‘A Refutation of the Omnipresence of Christ’s Human Nature’  from Confession of Christian Religion, pp. 391-419  at Purely Presbyterian

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Book

Vermigli, Peter Martyr – A Dialogue on the Two Natures in Christ  ed. & trans. John Donnelly  in The Peter Martyr Library, vol. 2  Buy  (Truman State Univ. Press, 1995; Davenant Institute, 2018)  214 pp.

This was the last work of Vermigli.  The Dialogue is between Orothetes (who is reformed) and Pantachus (who is Lutheran).  The principal theological topic in disputed is the ubiquity of Christ’s human nature, as related to the Lord’s Supper.  The work was dedicated to John Jewel in England.

“As I shall show, the Lutheran theologians [on the metaphysics of the Person of Christ] follow Aquinas, as mediated by Cajetan, and the Reformed theologians follow Scotus (the result of Peter Vermigli’s (1499‒1562) importing Scotist Christology into the Reformed tradition).” – Richard Cross, Union & Communion, p. 8


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Latin Articles

1500’s

Beza, Theodore – 4. ‘A Response for the Truth for the Body of Christ Against the Fiction of Ubiquity & the Clamor of William Holder’  in Theological Tracts…  (Geneva, 1570), vol. 3, pp. 101-22

Table of Contents

Pseudo-Truths  110
Of Falsehoods  118
Of Calumnies  121-22

Tossanus, Daniel – ‘On the Person of Christ: on Ubiquity’  in Most Brief Theses & Antitheses on these Four Heads: on the Lord’s Supper, on the Person of Christ, on Baptism & on Predestination, being Opposite to Theses & Antitheses, partly false and partly captious, which some recent Ubiquitarians, Dominators of an Alien Faith, have undertaken to pour out to deform the doctrine of the Orthodox Churches…  (Heidelberg, 1594), pp. 15-22

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1700’s

Strimesius, Samuel – Annotation 2, ‘On the Ubiquity of the Flesh of Christ’  in A Hexad of Annotations, Comprehending Controversies between Protestants on the Person of Christ, Theanthropos, on Baptism & on Some Rites [such as Images in Churches, Baptismal Exorcism & the Breaking of Bread in the Supper] Not Wholly Adiaphora  (Frankfurt, 1706), pp. 63-66

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Latin Books

1500’s

Beza, Theodore – 11. ‘A Response to the Arguments of Johannes Brent & the Theses of Jacob Andreae [Lutherans] which seek to Confirm the Omnipresence of the Body of Christ, that is, [a Response] against the Renewed Errors of Nestorius & Eutyches’  in Theological Tracts…  (Geneva, 1570), vol. 1, pp. 507-624

Nestorius (386-450) held, to simplify, that Christ was two persons.  Eutyches (c. 380-c. 456) held that Christ had one mixed nature.

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1600’s

Martinius, Matthew – A Brief Confession on the Person of Christ, in which is Vindicated the Illustrious Testimonies of Scripture (even from the Corruptions of the Adversaries) which are Against the Dogma of the Omnipresence of the flesh of Christ which they are accustomed to agitate: so it is proposed to the Chuch of Christ to judge which is orthodox, or whether they are contaminated with the heresies of Nestorius and many others, teh Arians, Marcionites and Eutycheans, as some vociferate daily, chiefly those slaves of Dr. Balthasar Mentzerus in Frankfurt [Germany]  (Herborne, 1604)  63 pp.

Table of Contents

Dedicatory Epistle  3

A Sum of Sound Doctrine on the Person of Christ  8

The Doctrine of the Adversaries, which they defend, of the
.     Omnipresence of the Flesh of Christ, is this…  12

The Principle Testimonies of Scripture Against the Omnipresence of
.     the Flesh of Christ & All Each of those Three Modes of the
.     Communication of Properties  14

The Testimonies Respecting the State of Exaltation  18

Of the Predictions of Leaving out of this World, they say these
.     sayings  22

Of his Leaving for Heaven, of the Mansion in Heaven and returning
.     from there, the testimonies are these  24-63


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Against the Multi-Presence of Christ’s Human Nature

Article

Willet, Andrew – 1st Question, ‘Of the Ubiquity of the Body of Christ, whether his Humanity be Everywhere?’  in 18th Controversy, on Human Nature of Christ; Controversies about the Natures of Christ  in Controversies on the 5 Popish Sacraments  in Synopsis Papismi…  (London, 1592), pp. 596-99


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Latin Articles

1600’s

Festus, Hommius – sections 1-3  of Disputation 8, ‘Of the Human Nature of Christ: or of the Body & Soul of Christ’  in  70 Theological Disputations Against the Papists…  (Leiden, 1614), pp. 29-31

Pareus, David – sections 1-3  in Disputation 6, ‘On the Incarnation of the Son of God: out of Bellarmine, bks. 3-5, on Christ’  in Collection 9, 40 Disputations on the Controversies of…  Bellarmine  in Theological Collections of Universal Orthodox Theology…, vol. 2  (Heidelberg, 1620)

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