Contend Earnestly: Nicene Creed: Part 3

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nicene Creed: Part 3

true God of true God (John 1:1; 17: 1-5; 8:58; 17:24; Phil 2:6)

Not only is Jesus called the Light of Light, but He is called true God of true God. He is one with the Father and as the Word, He is not created, but has always been, just as God has been. They have always been glorified together from all eternity. Never changing, always in unity, perfect communion. I believe that Jesus Christ is true God of true God

of one essence with the Father (John 10:30;38; 17:11,21)

Jesus is in one essence with the Father. They are distinct persons, as you and I are distinct persons, but of essence, they are One and are Deity. As we have distinctions in beings and persons, so we have a distinction found in the Scriptures. This is why we can still call ourselves monotheists, although we believe in One God and three Persons. I do not believe in three gods, I do not believe in tritheism, I am not a polytheist. I wholeheartedly believe in only one God with One essence, and three distinct persons. I believe in Jesus Christ who is of one essence with the Father.

through Whom all things were made (Hebrews 1:1-2;11:3; John 1:3; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16)
Being of one essence, and three persons, we can start to understand why in the Old Testament that we find the terms "Us" and "We" when speaking of our One God. This is not only meant to be showing the royalty of our Almighty El Shaddai, but it is also to show the unity of the Trinity in creation. God created all things, through the Son, the Christ by which all things are held together and made for Him. I believe that God alone created all things, through Jesus Christ.

Who for us and for our salvation (1 Timothy 2:3-5; Ezek 18:23, 32; John 3:17; 1 Tim 4:10; Titus 2:11; 2 Pet 3:9)

Jesus Christ came down to save us. This was His mission. He came to save us for the glory of God so that we might be in heaven with God worshiping Him. Without our sin, there would be no need of salvation, but because of our first father, namely Adam, we needed redemption. Because of our sin, Jesus was sent by the Father to save us from our sin and our condemnation. Because of Jesus, God can show us mercy and forgiveness through His Son, His Christ for us. God is our Saviour and shows through whom He is our ultimate Saviour, which is Jesus. I believe that Jesus came for us and for our salvation.

came down from the heavens (John 6:33-35;41,48,50)

Jesus, the Word, who is eternal, did not start his existence at his birth, but he has always been, therefore, came from heaven, not from the earth as our first father, Adam, did. Being that the cross was predetermined before the earth began, it was not predetermined without the Christ's knowledge, but was predetermined in congruence with the Christ's knowledge, knowing that when the time came, he would come from heaven as the bread of life to show us the straight way to God. Uncreated, He came down to us from the throne room of God. I believe that Jesus, the Christ, came down from the heavens.

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38; Isaiah 7:14;8:10; 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25)

Jesus is called the Son of God because, like Adam, He has no earthly Father, but only one Father, who is in heaven. He was not conceived through traditional ways, but like Adam, was conceived through the Spirit of God. Born of the virgin Mary, she was his earthly mother. Mary was truly a virgin and was not like the pagan myths of earthly women having sexual relations with the gods, but she was truly a virgin in every since and miraculously was with Child, by the Spirit of God. Jesus had to be born of a virgin, so that he would be born sinless and could fulfill the role of the Son of God, which was to be the Messiah, the God of our salvation. I believe that Jesus was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.

and became man (John 1:14; Rom 1:3; Gal 4:4; Phil 2:7f; 1 Tim 3:16; Heb 2:14; 1 John 1:1f; 4:2; 2 John 7)

Jesus, the one whom the fullness of Deity dwells, laid aside his power and became man. This does not mean that he was only man, as some regard, but he, as fully God, became fully man. It wasn't 50/50%, it wasn't 0/100%, it was 100/100%. Jesus' mission was two parts. One, as God, to fulfill the satisfaction of wrath upon the heads of man for eternity, namely the eternal death due. And, to live as man, to become like us, so that he could actually die as man. Not only did Jesus become man to die for us, but to sympathize with us. He was like us, yet without sin. We can go to Him, our Christ, who like us never sinned and can aid us in our temptations. Jesus became fully man and I adhere to any verse, any statement, any word that associates Jesus as anthropos, as fully man without ever denying that Jesus is also fully God. It is like calling myself a "father". By doing so, it never denies that I am also a husband or a brother. By calling Jesus anthropos, never does the Scriptures deny His Deity. I believe that Jesus became man.


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