Class #11: Last week we learned that the external works of God are undivided. “When God outside His essence works something among His creatures, then the three persons are together and work together, because there is one doer and maker.” The corollary, which needs to be maintained, is: “For in the external works the three persons are together and work together, AND YET with a certain order and with the properties of each person preserved” (p.75)
Thus, we maintain the order and properties of each person! Only the second person of the Trinity took on human flesh. Therefore, we cannot say, “The Father took on human flesh.” But we can say, “God took on human flesh.” We can say that when Jesus died for us, God died for us, or that the death is the work of God. Similarly, when Jesus was born, we call Mary the theotokos, the God-bearer.