Articles of Faith
We affirm that Jesus Christ being very God was the only begotten, virgin born, conceived by the Holy Spirit, Son of God; who died, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures for the sins of all mankind providing salvation from sin and death. All who receive His free gift of Salvation are reconciled to the Father.
(Matthew 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:18)
Further, we affirm that while being fully God Jesus Christ did something unthinkable and unimaginable. He humbled Himself to become fully man (Philippians 2:5-8). The Incarnation began with the Virgin Birth of Christ which was His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary, and Christ became fully God and fully man (Hypostatic Union)(Genesis 3:15 –seed of woman, Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25).
Christ laid aside all outward manifestation of His deity and clothed Himself in flesh resulting in the God/Man, Christ Jesus (Isaiah 53; Philippians 2:5-8; John 1:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; Matthew 12:28; John 17:5), yet sinless not being born of the seed of man but of the woman (Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12).
The unique nature of Christ’s hypostatic nature allowed Him to experience all man does including temptation (Matthew 4:1-11 not the only temptation), yet completely without a hint of sin being very God could never allow that (Christ’s Impeccability Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; James 1:13; Titus 1:2).
Our Holy God in His Love did this because it was the only way He could become the sufficient sacrifice: to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 2:14-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21); fulfill O.T. prophesies (Matthew 1:22; Luke 24:25-27); save sinners (Luke 2:32-35; John 18:37); free us from the bondage of sin and make us His (Luke 2:38; Galatians 4:3-6); and rule as Lord (Luke 1:31-33; Philippians 2:5-10).
Christ being our Creator (John 1:3) and Sustainer (Colossians 1:16-18) not only became man, but also became our Savior to do a gracious work for His lost and rejecting creation to redeem them (Romans 5:8, John 3:16, more in Soteriology).
Christ alone accomplishes this work by grace (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:24) through His vicarious atoning (voluntary substitution) death on the cross (Isaiah 53:4; Romans 5:6-8;Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7), was buried(Matthew 27:57-28:1; Luke 23:50-24:1), arose bodily (John 2:21; 1 Corinthians 15:20) from the dead demonstrating His victory over sin and death (Psalms 2:7; 16:8-11; Acts 13:32-34; Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8), providing the forgiveness of sin (Matthews 26:28; Romans 3:25; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21;Hebrews 9:22) to all who believe (John 1:12; 3:16; 1 John 3:23) which is why He came (Mark 10:45; John 3:17; 1 John 3:5, 8).
Christ’s victory over sin is complete. He took the punishment (death Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:12-13), paid the debt to free us from the bondage of sin (Mark 10:45; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19), is our propitiation (appeasing payment Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2), and died in our place (1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
Being victorious He ascended to the Father (Acts 1:4-11), and is sitting at His right hand interceding and ministering on our behalf (John 14:2; 1 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24-27; 8:1; 9:11-14). One day Christ will return at any time (Imminent), in the air, to catch away His own (The Rapture), before the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 5:19), to rule and reign with His saints for a thousand years in the Millennial Kingdom, and we shall be with Him forever (Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6).