First Baptist Church of Oxford, MI Article III: Articles of Faith
Section 4. Jesus Christ
A. Nature and Work. Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Triune God. He is coequal and coeternal with the Father. His preexistence is seen in that He was the agent of creation and was manifested in the Old Testament as theAngel of Yahweh. Via the miracle of the virgin birth, God the Son, without ceasing to be God, became man. The Incarnation resulted in one Person having two natures: He is fully human and fully divine. In adding humanity to His divinity at the Incarnation, Christ voluntarily gave up the independent use of His divine attributes and prerogatives. Man’s redemption required the perfect life and death of Christ. Because He is God, He is incapable of sin. Therefore, His work in both life and death was effectual. In life, He perfectly kept God’s law. In death, He paid the penalty for sin demanded by God’s law. The infinite worth of the work of Christ, though sufficient for all men, is efficient only for the elect. Christ rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which he lived and died, ascended visibly into Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father as the Head of the Church and as our great High Priest.
References: John 10:30; 6:38; 8:58; 1:3; Col. 1:16; Gen. 16:10-13; Ex. 3:24; Zech. 1:12-13; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:20-23; Luke 1:34-35; 1 Tim. 2:5; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 5:8-9; Heb. 2:17; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15, 13:8; Gal. 4:4; 1 John 2:2; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Tim. 4:10; Luke 24:36-43; Acts 1:11; Col. 1:18; Heb. 7:25.
B. Virgin Birth. We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.
References: Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14.
C. Resurrection and Ascension. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us.
References: Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9, 10.