Samuel Akpabio, United Kingdom
The Elementary Principles of Christ Part 2
II. CONFESSION OF FAITH IN GOD THE SON
"I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence
He shall come to judge the quick and the dead."
The name "Jesus" is the Greek translation derived from the Hebrew origin, (Jeh-ho-shoo'-ah), meaning "Jehovah is Salvation."
In Hebrew Christ is the old Testament's Messiah, whilst in Greek He is the anointed One. In the four gospels He is "The Christ", telling us that Jesus is the Absolute God Himself. God the Father sent him to deliver everyone living on this earth from sins. Strictly speaking, "Jeus" and "Christ" are noninterchangeable. "Jesus" means the interceder or peace maker between God and the mankind. "Christ" means the "anointed One" in line with the ancient Middle East custom to anoint someone entrusted with a high office. For the Jews, God commanded the people to anoint prophets, priest and kings to show that the people were approved of God to minister in the specific calling (1 Kings 19:16, Psalm 133:2). This customs were only specific for certain periods when such people were alive even though their ability to fulfil this duties were imperfect, this fact meant that the people had to wait for the perfect one anointed by God to come. Hence Jesus was born to fulfil all the righteousness of God, (Matt.3:15-17, Mark 1:10-11 and Lk.3:21-22). Jesus testified on this in, Luke 4:18; "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to se at liberty them that are bruised,", also in Isa.61:1. Jesus Christ is the anointed of God, the saviour of mankind, redeemer and intercessor and has power and authority to which is manifested in his fulfilmenbt of all the righteousness of God.
Christ was before the Creation, Ephesians 1:4, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be without blame before him in love:", also in Ephesians 1:10, "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on the earth; even in him:"
To fulfil his promise God sent Jesus Christ as one of the decendant of Abraham, and that he would anointed so that all nations would be blessed because of him, Gen.22:17-19, we also note from the prophesy of Jacob that he would come as a descendant of Judah, Gen.49:10. Isaiah also prophesied that he would take the sins of the world and to be rejected to die and be buried, Isaiah 53.
The Devine Nature Of Jesus Christ:-
Christ is the Eternal God incarnated in the flesh of Man, and he is for ever God Himself, Jn.1:1,14 and Rom.9:5.
The confession God's church about the devine nature of Christ is not by the wisdom of man; but by God himself, Matt.16:17. All the truths of the bible tells us without confusion, the devine nature of Christ according to the following scriptures:-
Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20; Philipians 2:6; 1 John5:20; Matthew 26:63-64; Mark 15:2; John 10:30; John 8:58 and John 17:5. We can say that all those who received healing from the Lord or for healing them of incurable diseases and his teaching to his disciples to believe his were dependentor the result of their recognising his divinity.