Jesus the Christ
Jesus Christ is the divine son of God. He existed eternally with the Father (John 1:1-3). According to the divine plan of His Father and according to His Father's will He came to earth as a man (John 1:14) and stripped himself of his divine privileges (Phil 2:7). He was born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:27) and the Holy Spirit who overshadowed her and formed Jesus divinely in her womb without a male partner. Jesus is truly the son of God and the son of man (Luke 1:34-35). Jesus only spoke and did whatever he was told to do by his father (John 5:18-19, 12:49). Because he was not born under sin he was able to have full communion with God and knew what his father wanted. He was in all ways like us in that he was tempted in every manner as we are, yet lived a sinless life (Heb 4:15, 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Ptr 2:22, 1 John 3:5). This made Him a qualified substitutionary sacrifice (Heb 2:14-17). He learned obedience through the things which he suffered (Heb 5:8) and was perfected through it (Heb 2:10) and because he suffered he is able to help us (Heb 2:18). Through his substitutionary death, burial, and and resurrection we are able to escape death and have eternal life through our relationship with Him. We must have faith in the work that God did through Christ on the cross (Rom 3:22). He is presently our reigning LORD and master, our intercessor and our “eternal contemporary” (Rom 8:34, Heb 7:25, 1 John 2:1). He is the first born from the dead, the one whose steps we are to follow in. Not only is Jesus a historical figure, but also ‘the’ figure of our future (Rom 8:29). Every person will eventually stand before Him and be judged according to their works (Heb 4:13, Matt 12:6, Acts 17:31). He is still the most powerful influence in the world presently at the historical level and the personal one. Christians must approach Jesus as a risen, living savior who rules the world (Matt 28:18). His reign will continue until He conquers all other rulers, authority, and powers, and death; at which time He will hand the Kingdom to God the Father and will himself be subject to Him (1 Cor 15:24-28).