Terminology Tuesday: Communicatio idiomatum, Communicatio operationum

*Communicatio idiomatum is Latin for”communication of attributes.” According to this teaching, Jesus’ status as both fully God and fully human implies that whatever is true of Jesus’ humanity is also true of His deity and vice versa without mixing the qualities of the divine or human nature. For example, if Jesus suffers and if Jesus is God, then it can be concluded that in Jesus God suffers.

**Communicatio opererationum (communication of operations) suggests that any work or action of Christ’s divine nature is at the same time work of His human nature and vice versa. In short, both of these terms are meant to safeguard the fact that Jesus only one person and not two, even though the one person is both human and divine. Thus whatever Christ does in fact the singular action of the one God-man.

* **Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 27

God Bless

Brian Mason