Skip navigation

9. What Is Symmorphy?

Symmorphy is two persons, Christ and us, sharing the same form.

Symmorphy is the English form of a Greek word invented by Paul and used by him only three times. Yet those three times are at the core of the makeup of our beings and our relationship with God.

The learner has been introduced to the word symmorphy in Symmorphy I: Purpose and has become familiar with it through the lessons of this course, Symmorphy II: Essence.

But up until now we have applied symmorphy to our relationship as humans with the Lord Jesus Christ. What is symmorphy when it comes to God Himself? Is God a symmorphic Being and not "triune" as Nicene Christianity attempts to define Him?

This session describes God as the New Testament describes Him, a symmorphic Being, God the Father, making Himself known through two other Persons, always together as One, Person inside of Person.

Lesson 9.1 A Symmorphic God develops a specific definition of the word symmorphy and then shows how that concept is applied in the New Testament to God Himself. A further definition of symmorphy is developed, one that applies symmorphy to the Father sharing the same form with Son and Spirit.

Lesson 9.2 A Symmorphic Christ shows how symmorphy is scalable; that is, symmorphy remains the same concept whether infinite, as in Father and Son together, or small, as in you and me inside of a much larger Jesus. This lesson also begins to raise the question of how does symmorphy work; that is, how can two persons together share the same mind, will, and body?

Lesson 9.3 A Symmorphic Spirit explores the role of the Holy Spirit in this incredible relationship that is God. The lesson also uses the pattern of the human cell to show the role of the Holy Spirit in our own symmorphy with Jesus.

Additional Resources