We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, is coequal (John 1:1, 10:30, 17:18,), coeternal (John 1:1-2, 15, 30; 8:58-59, 17:5, 24), and consubstantial (John 1:1,14; 10:30; 14:9) to the Father.

The scripture explicitly affirms the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8; 2 Peter 1:1). It is declared by Jesus himself (John 8:58-59, 10:31-33), and also proclaimed by his followers (John 20:28; Titus 2:13). 

The names and titles given to Him in scripture reveal his deity. The name Jesus (The Greek equivalent of the Hebrew Joshua) which means “Jehovah saves,” was given to Him because Jesus Himself would “save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).”

The name Christ means Messiah or anointed one, and was prophesied in the Old Testament to be Jehovah (Isa. 40:3).  Jesus is called Son of God, a term referring to His deity (Matthew 14:33; 16:16; Mark 1:1). Jesus is called Lord, which in some contexts can be a declaration of his deity (Philippians 2:10).  Jesus is called Emmanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6). Jesus’ deity was demonstrated through His omniscience (Matthew 12:25; Luke 6:8; John 2:25), and through His omnipotence (John 5:24-25, 10:17-18, 11:25-26, Matt. 28:18; Colossians 1:16-17).

Jesus Christ exercised the prerogatives of God. He healed people (John 5:6), accepted worship (John 9:38), forgave sins (John 8:11), and raised the dead (John 11:4). He is the creator and sustainer of the universe (Colossians 1:16-17), and will be the judge of all believers (2 Corinthian 5:10) and unbelievers (Revelation 19:11ff; Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1; Rev. 20:11-15).  Jesus identified himself to be the Jehovah of the Old Testament (John 6:51, 8:12, 10:7-9; 10:11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5;  8:24; 18:5-6).

The scriptures explicitly affirm the humanity of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:2). He is completely man, yet without sin (1 John 3:5; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:2). He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 7:14); His genealogies show His human ancestry (Matt.1). He demonstrated the following characteristics of His humanity: He experienced natural growth and development (Luke 2:52); He became hungry (Matthew 4:2); He experienced fatigue (John 4:6); He wept (John 11:34-35); He felt compassion (Matthew 9:39), grief (Matthew 23:37), and anger (Mark 3:5); He suffered and died (John 19:30 Philippians 2:8). 

We believe that Christ holds the offices of Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 13:57; Acts 3:23), Priest (Psalms 110:4; Hebrews 7:21), and King (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1).  As a Prophet, He spoke God’s word and revealed the Father to mankind (John 1:18; Hebrew 1); as a Priest, He represented sinful men before a holy God (2 Corinthians 5:21), offered Himself once as the sacrifice for sin (Hebrew 9:11-12; 10:12), and ever lives to make intercession for believers (Hebrews 7:24-27; 1 John 2:1); as a King, He rules over the universe with absolute authority and will bring all his enemies under His subjection (Psalm 110:1-2; I Corinthians 15:24-25; Philippians 2:9-11).

We believe in the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ. The shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ satisfied the wrath of God (Rom. 3:23-26; Romans 5:8-9; Colossians 1:20-22; 1 John 2:2; Isaiah 53:11). Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). By His resurrection, Jesus verified his claims (Romans 1:4) and made sure our justification (Rom. 4:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15). After his physical resurrection, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene (John 20:14-16), to other women (Matthew 28:8-10), to Peter (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5), to the Emmaus disciples (Luke 24:13-31), to the ten (Luke 24:36; John 20:19), to the eleven (Mark 16:4John 20:26), to the seven (John 21:1-14),  to the five hundred (1 Cor. 15:6), to James (1 Corinthians 15:7), at the Ascension (Luke 24:44-53), to Stephen (Acts 7:56), and to Paul (1 Corinthians 15:8).  Jesus Christ has ascended up into Heaven and is now sitting on the right hand of the throne of God (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 12:2; Colossians 3:1). 

Jon Beazley

Passionate about Jesus, husband to my gorgeous wife Bethany, father, and pastor, who enjoys power lifting, the great out doors, and a good cup of coffee!

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