We believe the Bible teaches that our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ is God, the only eternal Son of the Father, the Word of God made flesh.1 God the Son, Jesus Christ is the supreme expression of God’s Word and the exact imprint and embodiment of His nature.2 God the Son came into this world to save His people from their sins, reconcile the world to God, and bring glory to God the Father.3 Jesus is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament Scriptures and the Christ revealed in the New Testament Scriptures – our great Prophet who makes God known and speaks God’s Word to us; our great Priest who removes our sin and represents us before God the Father; and our great King who governs God’s people, leads us in the spiritual battle, defends us from evil, brings us into unity with Himself and each other, and serves as our perfect example to follow.4 God the Son, Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, full in His humanity, sinless in His life, attested by His miracles, and authoritative in His teaching.5 Jesus Christ died for our sins as our Substitute, bearing in His body the penalty we deserve and providing atonement to God the Father for all who receive and trust in Him.6 God raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures.7 The risen Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of God the Father; He lives forever as the one Mediator between God and humanity; and He rules as Head of His Church and Lord over all things.8 Finally, God the Son, Jesus Christ will come again, visibly and in great power and glory, to receive His people unto Himself and reign forever as God and King.9
1 See Isa. 45:23 with Phil. 2:9; John 1:1-4 and 14 and 8:58; Col. 2:9; 1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 1:6-12.
2 John 1:1-5, 9-14, and 16-18; Rev. 19:11-16. On Jesus’s ‘I am’ statements in the Gospel of John, see John 6:35, 48, and 51; 8:12 and 9:5; 10:7 and 9; 10:11 and 14; 11:25; 14:1-6; and 15:1-17. On Jesus being ‘the exact imprint and embodiment of God’s nature,’ see 2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15-20; 1 Tim. 1:12-17; Heb. 1:1-4. See also our statements on “God the Trinity” and “God the Father” concerning the infinite perfections of God’s character met fully in the Person of Jesus Christ.
3 Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:30-33; John 1:14-18 and 17:1; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 1 Tim. 1:15.
4 On the Messiah as Prophet: Deut. 18:15. On the Messiah as Priest and King: Psalm 110. See also: Acts 3:22-26 and 18:28; Heb. 4:14; Rev. 17:14.
5 Matt. 1:23 and 7:24-29; Acts 2:22; Heb. 4:15.
6 ‘Atonement’ is an exceptionally important Biblical and theological concept that runs throughout the Scriptures – from Genesis to Revelation, and which deserves a note of explanation. The term ‘atone’ means “to satisfy or make amends for wrongdoing or injury.” We have rebelled against God’s good and sovereign authority; we have broken God’s holy Law; we have sinned against God, personally and corporately; and, we must somehow atone to God who is altogether sovereign, good, holy, righteous, and just. Embedded in the Biblical concept of ‘atonement’ is: 1- Because of our sin, all human beings need to be made right with and reconciled to God; 2- Our sinful nature and our actual sin render us incapable of atoning for ourselves or for anyone else; 3- Only Jesus Christ is qualified to serve as our Substitute, due to His perfect keeping of God’s Law and fulfillment of God’s will during His life on earth; 4- Jesus Christ became our “atoning sacrifice” when He offered Himself freely and fully to God, dying on the cross in the place of all who would believe; and 5- Only those who receive Jesus’s ‘substitutionary atonement’ by faith, believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, are justified (declared “not guilty” by God, He having accepted Jesus’s atonement as thoroughly satisfactory on our behalf). On the Biblical concept and application of atonement, Cf. Isa. 52:13-53:12 (esp. 53:5); John 1:12-13; Rom. 3:21-26 and 8:3; Gal. 3:13.
7 Acts 2:24; 1 Cor. 15:1-11; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; 2 Tim. 2:8.
8 On the ascension of Jesus: Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9 and 2:33; Col. 3:1; Heb. 10:12; 1 Pet. 3:22. On Jesus as Intercessor, Head, and Mediator: Rom. 8:34; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 2:5.
9 Matt. 16:27, 24:27, and 25:31; Mark 8:38; John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:16; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 22:20.