The terms ‘Transcendent Christ, and ‘Immanent Christ’ are terms which are little used today but their difference is important. One reason for this importance is because these terms help us to understand the nature of the second Person of the Trinity.
While saying ‘Jesus Christ’ is commonly, and not incorrectly, used it is nevertheless limiting. The Transcendent Christ is the primal fount, the principio which means the ‘principle’ or ‘beginning’ found in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1. The Transcendent Christ is the Logos or Word through whom all things were created.
Illuminated manuscript with the Holy Trinity in the Book of Hours of Francis I