Sunday, October 16, 2011

The deity of Christ

The Belgic Confession of Faith

Article 10: The Deity of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his divine nature, is the only Son of God—eternally begotten, not made or created, for then he would be a creature.

Christ is one in essence with the Father; coeternal; the exact image of the person of the Father and the “reflection of God’s glory,” (Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3) being like God in all things.

Christ is the Son of God not only from the time Christ assumed our nature but from all eternity, as the following testimonies teach us when they are taken together.

Moses says that God created the world; (Gen. 1:1) and Saint John says that “all things came into being through the Word,” (John 1:3) which he calls God. The apostle says that God created the world through the Son (Heb. 1:2).
He also says that God created all things through Jesus Christ (Col. 1:17).

And so it must follow that the one who is called God, the Word, the Son, and Jesus Christ already existed before creating all things.

Therefore the prophet Micah says that Christ’s origin is “from ancient days (Mic. 5:2). And the apostle says that the Son has “neither beginning of days nor end of life” (Heb. 7:3).

So then, Christ is the true eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship, and serve.

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