What We Teach about Jesus

This article explains what we teach about the person and nature of Jesus Christ.

We teach that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, died for the sins of humanity, and was bodily resurrected after three days. He is the Head of the church and the High Priest of all believers.

Prior to His human birth, He manifested Himself to humanity as the God of the Old Testament (Jn 1:18, 6:46, 8:56-58). He created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, spoke to Abraham in the Promised Land, and gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Then, about 2000 years ago, God the Father sent Him to be the Savior of the world. Through the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit, He took on flesh and became a man. Matthew 1:18 says, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus did not cease to be God; He incorporated a fully human nature into His divine nature. Paul confirmed the full divinity and humanity of Jesus in Colossians 2:9, saying, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (NIV).

He lived a normal human life and experienced all the trials and temptations that we do. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

After He completed His work of preaching the gospel to Israel and training His disciples to carry His message to the world, He suffered and died for the sins of His people. He was buried but rose bodily from the grave on the third day. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Paul said, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

He appeared to His disciples as a physical human being, not as a ghost or apparition. In Luke 24:39, Jesus said to them, “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

Later, He ascended to heaven, where He guides and directs the work of His people, the church. Paul wrote, “And he [Christ] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent” (Col 1:18).

Thus, Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel, our Lord and Savior, the lamb of God and the lion of the tribe of Judah, our High Priest and soon coming King.

 

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All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.


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