God the Son: Jesus Christ
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God, the Savior of the world, God incarnate, that He exists eternally with the Father, with the Holy Spirit, and that He is both true God and true man (Heb. 1:1-4).
a) His Incarnation:
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus Christ voluntarily laid aside His glory as God, took upon Himself the form of a servant and came to this earth and dwelt among man as both God and man (Heb. 2:14; Phil. 2:5-8).
b) His Virgin Birth:
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary (Is. 7:14; Is. 9:6; Matt. 1:18-25).
c) His Death:
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross at Calvary for the sins of the whole world, both past, present, and future. He who was sinless was made sin for the world and died in the sinner’s place. He offered Himself once for all without spot or blemish to God the Father as the complete offering for the penalty of the sins of fallen humanity (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; John 3:16).
d) His Resurrection:
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that on the third day after His sacrificial death on the cross, He was miraculously raised bodily from the grave for our justification. This miracle signified God’s acceptance of Christ as payment for the sins of the world and assures eternal life and immortality to all who are saved by Him, being sealed by that Holy Spirit of promise (Eph. 1:13; Rom. 6:4).
e) His Ascension:
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that after His resurrection, He ascended back to God the Father in heaven, where He is today, exalted at the right hand of God the Father. (1 Peter 3:22; Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 2:9).
f) Return of Christ
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus Christ will bodily and personally return in like manner as He ascended (Acts 1: 9-11). His first return, known as the Rapture, will be in the clouds to resurrect the bodies of the dead saints, and to also catch away all the living saints (I Thess. 4:16-18); in which our current earthly bodies will be changed into glorified bodies (I Co. 15:50-54; Eph. 3:20,21). We will then spend all eternity in Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ (I Thess. 4:17). Some of the more important events to follow the Rapture of the Church will be as follows:
(1) His second coming will be after the seven years of Tribulation here on earth (Dan. 9:27; Is. 2:12; Rev. 6, 8, 9, 16).
(2) He will then set up the Millennial Kingdom in which He will reign for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-4).
(3) At the end of the Millennium there will be one final rebellion against God by Satan and his armies, in which the Lord Jesus Christ will be victorious.
(4) At this time there will be the Great White Throne Judgment in Heaven in where God will Judge everyone who did not accept Jesus Christ as their Savior while on earth (Rev. 20:11-15).
(5) God will then cast Satan, his angels, and all those who did not accept Jesus Christ as their Savior into Hell for all eternity (Rev. 19:11-20:15).
(6) There will then be a revealing of a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).
g) His Advocacy:
We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men, and that He is constantly at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for His people (Heb. 10:12, 1 Tim. 2:15).