When we see a child who looks exactly like his parent, we call him, “the spitting image.” No son has looked more like his father than Jesus. He is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,” the creed says. As Hebrews 1:3 puts it, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” The writer uses the image of the impression used to create a coin. In Colossians, Paul wrote, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (1:15). When Christ came to earth, He came to show us a living, breathing embodiment of God.
I Believe in Jesus, from God the Father
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
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Jesus, God’s Only Son
Jesus, Fully God
Jesus is God the Son, but He is just as fully God as God the Father and God the Spirit. Each member of the Trinity equally possesses all the attributes of God, like love, justice, and holiness. When the creed describes Jesus as “eternally begotten of the Father,” it is not saying that the Father created the Son. While there is great mystery within the Trinity, the term begotten helps describe the relationship between the Father and Son. The Father planned that the Son would come to earth and become man. Jesus willingly obeyed and was “begotten” because of the Father’s will. While He obeys the Father, Jesus is and has always been equally divine with the Father and Spirit.
Jesus, One with the Father
We believe in one God, eternally existent as three distinct persons. Jesus and the Father are one. They are in unity in being, in character, in purpose. Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). He didn’t say “someone very similar to the Father.” Earlier in the gospel of John, Jesus explained, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me” (John 12:44–45). The Father and Son are of one purpose, so that all Jesus’ words and teachings came from the Father. He told His followers, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me” (John 12:49–50). God is infinitely more than we can comprehend. While respecting the mystery of the Trinity, we can be assured that Jesus is God’s only Son, He is fully God, and He is one with the Father.
How does the assurance that Jesus came from God deepen your understanding of Christ?
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