Who is Jesus?

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word of God become flesh. He is the Savior of the world, who has delivered us from the dominion of sin and reconciled us to God by humbling himself and becoming obedient unto death on a cross. 1 He was declared to be Son of God with power by his resurrection from the dead. 2 He is the head of the church, the exalted Lord, the Lamb who was slain, coming again to reign with God in glory. "No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 3

We confess Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, through whom God has prepared the new covenant for all peoples. Born of the seed of David, Jesus Christ fulfills the messianic promises given through Israel. 4 As prophet, he has proclaimed the coming of God's kingdom and called everyone to repent. As teacher of divine wisdom, he has made known God's will for human conduct. As faithful high priest, he has made the final atonement for sin and now intercedes for us. As king who chose the way of the cross, he has revealed the servant character of divine power. 5

We accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. 6 In his ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing, he proclaimed forgiveness of sins and peace to those near at hand and those far off. 7 In calling disciples to follow him, he began the new community of faith. 8 In his suffering, he loved his enemies and did not resist them with violence, thus giving us an example to follow. 9 In the shedding of his blood on the cross, Jesus offered up his life to the Father, bore the sins of all, and reconciled us to God. 10 God then raised him from the dead, thereby conquering death and disarming the powers of sin and evil. 11

We acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only Son of God, the Word of God incarnate. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. As fully human and tempted as we are, yet without sin, he is the model human being. 12 As fully divine, he is the one in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. During his earthly life, Jesus had an intimate relationship with his heavenly Abba and taught his disciples to pray "Abba, Father." 13 He is the image of the invisible God, and "all things have been created through him and for him, for he is before all things." 14

We recognize Jesus Christ as the head of the church, his body. 15 As members of his body, we are in Christ, and Christ dwells in us. Empowered by this intimate relationship with Christ, the church continues his ministry of mercy, justice, and peace in a broken world. 16

We worship Jesus Christ as the one whom God has exalted and made Lord over all. He is our Lord and the not-yet-recognized Lord of the world. We live in the assurance of his coming again as the one by whom all humanity will be judged. He is the one who shall be acknowledged Lord of all, and the Lamb who will reign forever and ever. 17

(1) Phil. 2:5-8.  
(2) Rom. 1:4
(3) 1 Cor. 3:11
(4) 2 Sam. 7:13-14; Isa. 9:1-6; Rom. 1:3; 2 Cor. 6:18
(5) Isa. 42:1-9; Matt. 4:17; Luke 4:43-5:1; Matt. 57; Heb. 2:17; 1 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; John 18:36-37; Rev. 5:8-14; 7:17
(6) Acts 4:12; 1 John 4:14
(7) Eph. 2:13-22
(8) Mark 3:13-19
(9) Matt. 26:50;1 Pet. 2:21-23
(10) Luke 23:46; Rom. 5:18; 2 Cor. 5:19
(11) Col. 2:15; Eph. 1:20-21
(12) Heb. 4:15; Rom. 5:14-21; 1 Pet. 2:21.
(13) Mark 14:36; Matt. 6:9-13; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6.
(14) Col. 1:15-17, 19.
(15) Eph. 1:22-23.
(16) Col. 1:24.
(17) Acts 17:31; Phil. 2:11; Rev. 5:12-14.

Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, 1995

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