We believe in God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human, who proclaimed the rule of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as payment for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and reigns as Lord of all.
God the Son. Jesus Christ our Saviour is God from all eternity. The Son is a member of the Trinity, loved by the Father, and active in creation and redemption. He is the exact representation of God’s nature and character. The Son is the creator of heaven and earth who lives eternally. God sent the Son into the world to save those who believe in him.
Lk 1:35; Jn 1:14; 3:16-18; Col 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-2, 8-12
God with Us. God the Son became fully human to identify with a lost and dying world. Mary, as a virgin, conceived Jesus through the agency of the Holy Spirit. So the birth of Jesus Christ conveyed the good news of God with us. The promised Messiah had come to bring salvation to a people in spiritual exile. The angels in the heavens announced the return of God’s glory and peace on earth to those in God’s favour.
Mt 1:21-23; 3:16-17; Lk 1:30-55; 2:9-14; Jn 3:16; 17:1-5; Php 2:5-11; Heb 2:17
Life and Teaching. Like a Hebrew prophet, Jesus announced the coming of God’s kingdom. But his teaching went beyond the other prophets. Jesus announced that the kingdom was coming through his very words and actions. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount intensified the standards of righteousness for living in the Kingdom. The parables revealed new meanings of God’s rule in the world. The miracles demonstrated God’s power through the Messiah. Jesus’ fellowship with sinners revealed a love that overcame boundaries. The Great Commandment to love God and neighbour, and the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, were central to Jesus’ life and teaching.
Mt 5-7; 13; 11:4-6; 12:31; 22:37-39; 28:18-20; Mk 1:15; Jn 14:10
Work for Us. Jesus came to be the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. At the Passover celebration before his death, Jesus explained that his body and blood would take on new meaning in the meal. The death of Jesus’ body on the cross was the final sinless sacrifice for the sins of the world. Through his blood, the penalty for sin was paid. God’s sacrificial love brought forgiveness. Humanity could now be reconciled to God. The power of Satan, sin, and death were broken in God’s victory of raising Jesus from the dead. As our High Priest, Jesus Christ opened our access to the presence of God in heaven. Now Jesus Christ serves as our advocate and reigns as our Lord.
Luke 22:14-20; John 1:29-31; 19:16-37; Acts 5:29-31; Rom 5:10-11, 18-19; Col 2:15-17; Heb 2:17; 10:20-22; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:8