Doctrine of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son. He is the second person of the Godhead (trinity). His words declare that He is one with the Father and God's Son (John 3:16- 17; 10:30; Col 2:9). The apostles and writers of Scripture testify of Him as equal with God, the Son of God and God (Heb 1:3; 1 John 5:20; Isa 9:6). The eternal nature of Christ is proof of his deity (Heb 13:8). The fact that Christ is eternal means that He is without origin and has no ending (Rev 1:8; John 8:58). His eternal nature demands the preexistence of Christ (John 1:1- 2; 8:58; 17:5; Col 1:15-17).
Christ came to earth from heaven (John 6:51; 1 Tim 1:15). He humbled Himself and took on flesh (Phil 2:7). Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary (Matt 1:20-23; Luke 1:34, 35; Isa 7:14). He surrendered his glory, but did not surrender his nature or his holy character (Phil 2:7-8). He is fully God and fully man (John 1:14; Gal 4:4).
Christ became the wrath-bearing sacrifice, or propitiation, for man’s sins (Rom 3:25; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10). The propitiation is sufficient for all (John 3:16). It is effective for all who believe. After three days Christ was resurrected bodily from the grave by the Father (Matt 28:6). Through his death, burial, and resurrection He accomplished his redemptive work (Luke 24:38-39) whereby He justifies (Romans 4:25) and reconciles man to Himself (Col 1:20-22; 2 Cor 5:18-19).