The Council of Antioch, 267 A.D.

At the Council of Antioch in 267 the church rejected Sabellius and his formula that Jesus is homo-ousios with the Father.  Homo-ouios means “of the same essence, substance, or being,” so Sabellius was declaring that Jesus is of the same essence as God, but he was still lower than God in his modalistic order of being.  In place of homo-ousios, the church declared that Jesus was homoi-ousios, “of similar or like substance.”  The church rejected the term homo-ousios because it was loaded with the gnostic idea of modalism

Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 81


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