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We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

Crucial to our understanding of the Trinity is the Bible’s presentation of Jesus Christ as fully man (Matthew 8:23-27, Matthew21:18, John 11:32-36) and fully God (John 1:1-3, John 10:30, John 17:4-5, Titus 2:13).  Jesus was in possession of both divine and human natures, unified in one person.  The two natures of Jesus coexisted in union without confusion or change, separation or division.  Jesus Christ had to possess both natures in order to be our Lord and Savior.  Because He was fully divine, Jesus is able to be the perfect and eternal sacrifice for the complete atonement of our sins.  Jesus is also our permanent high priest, allowing us to be eternally reconciled to God (Hebrews 7:23-28).  Because He was fully human, Jesus was able to be our proper substitute on the cross to experience the wrath of God, and HE is able to be our comfort and example for our daily living (Hebrews 2:14-18).

Being divine, Jesus could not sin, because God cannot change His nature (John 5:19).  We might wonder, then, how He can truly identify with us in our struggles and temptations as the book of Hebrews promises (Hebrews 2:18).  Because He was human, Jesus couldn’t conquer temptation without a struggle.  We all struggle with temptation.  When the struggle becomes powerful enough, it overcomes us and we eventually give in.  Unlike all of us, Jesus had to keep resisting temptation until He had overcome. The promise of Hebrews 2:18 should bring us comfort; “for in that He Himself has suffered being tempted.  He is able to aid those who are tempted”.

Therefore, the essential attribute of Jesus, as we have already discussed, is that Jesus was both fully God and fully man.  God was His Father, and Mary was His mother.  However, there are also additional important attributes of Jesus.  Born of a Virgin- The mother of Jesus, Mary, was a virgin as the Scripture records.  In order for her to conceive it had to be supernatural

 "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,

and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

 See also Matthew 1:18-25

Jesus lived His life without sin (Hebrews 4:14-16) If He would have sinned in any way His blood would not have qualified to be poured on the mercy seat in heaven.  There cannot be any forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood (Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22).  Jesus’ death was for the sins of the entire world (2 Corinthians 5:15, 1 John 2:2).  Jesus was raised from the dead (Matthew 28:6, Mark 16:6, Luke:24:5, John 20:14-16, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6).  This signified His supreme victory and triumph over death and hell.  Death is the natural result of our separation for God through sin.  Physical death is a shadow of spiritual death.  Jesus now reigns as the immortal, invisible King who will one day return and establish His rule on earth at the appointed time (1 Timothy 3:16).  Jesus possesses all the attributes of God.  He is omnipresent (Matthew 28:20), omnipotent (Matthew 28:18), omniscient (John 16:30), eternal (John 1:1-2), holy (Acts 3:14), creator (Colossians 1:15-17).  Jesus is the only way to experience a plentiful and fulfilling natural life (John 10:10). Jesus is the only way to God the Father and is the only means of salvation (John 10:9, John 14:6).

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