Deity Of Christ

As Christians we believe that not only was Jesus the Son of God, but He was and is God Himself, the second part of the God head. Philippians 2v6 tells us that that Jesus”being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped”. Indeed even before His birth it was declared that Jesus would be “Immanuel— which means, God with us” (Matt 1v23). When Thomas saw Jesus He declared “My Lord and my God!” (John 20v28)

Jesus’ birth was different to any other birth in history. Although He had an earthly mother, Mary, He had no earthly Father. The virgin birth is a fundamental belief for us as Christians. Isaiah prophesied that “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son” (Isa 7v14) whilst the accounts in Matthew 1 and Luke 1 show us clearly that Mary was a virgin (Luke 1v34) and that her child was conceived through the Holy Spirit (Matt 1v18). This meant that Jesus not the son of Joseph but the Son of God (Luke 1v35). Jesus was therefore both fully man and fully God at the same time. As the Son of man he could identify with fallen man and die for our sin, whilst as the Son of God He Himself was without sin.

We believe that throughout Jesus’ life on earth he committed no sin. Hebrews 4v15 says that Jesus was without sin. 2 Corin 5v21 confirms “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The fact that Jesus was without sin meant that He could be a perfect sacrifice, to take away the sins of the world.

We believe that whilst He was on earth Jesus performed many miracles as documented in the four gospels. These were done to destroy the works of Satan (Acts 10v38) and to confirm He was the Messiah (Luke 7v22).

We believe that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His death. All four of the gospel accounts and the book of Acts give accounts of Jesus appearing to His disciples after His death. That He wasn’t a ghost is made clear by Luke’s account in chapter 24 “Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Jesus’ resurrection was His ultimate proof that He was God and that He was without sin and it was His ultimate display of power and victory over Satan and death itself “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Rev 1v18)

We believe that Jesus is currently in heaven, preparing a place for His followers (John 14v2) and interceding to the Father on our behalf (Heb 7v25). We believe that one day He will return to earth in bodily form where He will reign and rule in power and justice. The angles declared to the disciples “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1v11) whilst speaking of the second coming of Christ, Revelation prophesies that “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Rev 11v15)