For an introduction to the series, read this.
We continue today reflecting on the article about God in my church’s statement of faith, patterned after the Baptist Faith and Message.
Statement of Faith Article for the Week
GOD THE SON
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He atoned for the sin of all who will believe. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator – fully God, fully man – in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Thoughts for Discussion with Children
Is Jesus part God and part man? No, he is fully God and fully man. He wasn’t always fully man. There was a time when he was God the Son who had not yet come to earth. But in fulfillment of God’s plan, he became a man, while still remaining fully God, so that he became both at once: God and man. We call this the incarnation.
Why did he do this? It was so that he could do two things, as the statement of faith says:
(1) So that he could obey as a man where we had failed to obey.
(2) So that he could die as a man the death that we deserve and be raised for us.
In other words, Jesus did what we were supposed to do, and he suffered what we were supposed to suffer for doing wrong. That means that, in him, our sins are taken away, and we are given the reward that he earned by his perfect obedience. We don’t receive this because we deserve it, but simply because God’s love for us is so great, that he has chosen to do for us through Jesus what we could not do for ourselves.
So always remember that Jesus is fully God, but he became a man while remaining God so that he could save us by his obedience, death, and resurrection.
Reading for the Week: John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11