Christology

Below is an expanded explanation of my statement of faith as it pertains to Jesus Christ. This was written in 2011.

Statement of Faith

Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah spoke on by the prophets of the Old Testament[1]. He is, always has been, and always will be[2] God in nature. Through the conception of the Holy Spirit he was born of the virgin Mary and became God incarnate[3].  While on earth he performed the work that He was sent to complete by the Father[4] as the obedient Son of God. In living a completely sinless life, which ended in His crucifixion on the cross[5] by the hands of man and Will of God, He fulfilled the righteous requirement of God as a spotless atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind[6].

After being buried for three days He physically rose from the dead, proving Himself to be Lord[7] over every power in the heavens and on earth, even the power of death and the grave.  He then ascended into the heavens where He joined the Father to begin His work as intercessor[8] until the day He returns for the collection and glorification of the saints[9].


Explanation

[1] “Messiah spoke on by the prophets of the Old Testament” is to be understood to mean that Jesus is the one and only historical figure to flawlessly fulfill all of the more than 300 prophecies made of the Messiah (Anointed One) in the Old Testament. A few of these prophecies include but are not limited to:

  • Genesis 3:15
  • Genesis 22:18
  • Genesis 49:10
  • Psalm 12:16
  • Psalm 22:18
  • Psalm 110:1
  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Isaiah 11:1
  • Isaiah 42:6-7
  • Isaiah 53:1-12
  • Jeremiah 23:5
  • Daniel 9:24-26
  • Hosea 11:1
  • Micah 5:2

[2] “He is, always has been, and always will be” means that Jesus existed before time began with God the Father (John 8:58) and He will continue to exist eternally (John 1:1,14).

[3] “God incarnate” or in other words “the God man.” Jesus was at the same time fully man (Phillipians 2:7) and fully God while on earth.  He suffered all the things that man suffered yet never surrendered His nature as deity (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15).

[4] “performed the work that He was sent to complete by the Father” is included in the statement to emphasize the relationship that Jesus (the Son) had with the Father (John 5:19). He was submissive and obedient even to the point of death (Luke 22:42).

[5] “crucifixion on the cross” is to be taken literal. Jesus Christ was physically murdered.

[6] “atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind” is to be understood that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to cover the sins of all mankind (1 Peter 3:18, 1 John 2:2). However, one should not take this, nor any verse of the Bible, to mean that Jesus blood does cover all of mankind’s sin, but rather that it can cover all of mankind’s sin.

[7] “proving Himself to be Lord” does not mean that Jesus was not Lord until this point in time, but rather that the resurrection is one of the most powerful achievements in displaying His Lordship, which the Father gave long before He ever came to earth, over all things (Isaiah 9:6, Hebrews 1:1-2).

[8] “He joined the Father to begin His work as intercessor” tells us of Jesus’ current work. He does not need to sprinkle His blood on the altar every time we sin, for His one sacrifice was sufficient (1 Peter 3:18).  However, He “saves completely,” meaning that He makes it possible for us who are removed from God to not only come to Him initially, but to also maintain and grow in a healthy relationship with Him (Hebrews 7:24, Isaiah 53:12).

[9] “the collection and glorification of the saints” could be two separate events or one event.  However, the important thing is that Jesus is coming back and He will be the ruler of the entire world when He does (Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).