Used by Eusebius of Caesarea,
homoiousios means "of a similar substance". This is in contrast to the Nicene affirmation that Jesus and
God the Father are
homoousios, "of the same substance." Christians at that time believed that even if they were of
similar substance, the result was a Jesus who was not identical with the redemptive God of the Old Testament. Furthermore, if he had a similar divine substance, an immediate problem arises with the doctrine of monotheism.
Thus, at the
Council of Nicea the church affirmed that Jesus and the Father were of the same substance.