The early church considered the Incarnation to be one of the most important truths of our faith. Because of this, they formulated what has come to be called the Chalcedonian Creed, a statement which sets forth what we are to believe and what we are not to believe about the Incarnation. This creed was the fruit of a large council that took place for October 8 to November 1, 451, in the city of Chalcedon and has been taken as the standard, orthodox definition of the biblical teaching on the person of Christ sine that day by all the major branches of Christianity. There are five main truths with which the creed of Chalcedon summarized the biblical teaching on the Incarnation:
1. Jesus has two natures – He is God and man.
2. Each nature is full and complete…He is fully God and fully man.
3. Each nature remains distinct.
4. Christ is only one person.
5. Things that are true of only one nature are nonetheless true of the Person of Christ.