Apostles' Creed - Second Article
GOD AND MAN
- As a sinful being with limited understanding, it is extremely challenging for me to fully appreciate and comprehend my Savior as true God and true man.
- I often view the miracles Jesus performed as a means to serve and love and help those in need. While accurate, it is also short-sighted on my part. Miracles were a way for him to show he was God - the Son of God - as well.
- Eternally grateful for God's rescue plan ... a Savior who is true God and true man ... for his perfect life ... for Good Friday and Easter.
Catechism #144 - 148 Musings
144. Who is the second person of the Trinity?
- Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is true God and true man.
145. How do we know Jesus Christ is true God?
- The Bible. The Bible teaches that Jesus is God and, moreover, often uses divine names (e.g., Immanuel = God with us, Messiah = anointed / chosen one, etc.) to tell us who Jesus is
- Jesus has the characteristics (e.g., omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, unchangeable) of God
- Jesus does things only God can do [e.g., forgive sins, perform miracles (turn water into wine, raise the dead, calm a raging storm, etc.)]
- Jesus is worshiped as God. We are commanded to honor and worship him
146. How do we know that Jesus is true man?
- The Bible reveals that Jesus is a man. He had a body and a soul. He had normal, but sinless, human feelings (e.g., he was hungry, thirsty, tired - he slept, he cried / wept, etc.). He died
147. How did God's son become man?
- While conceived by the Holy Spirit, through the miracle of the virgin birth the Son of God (Jesus) became a man (incarnation)
148. Why is it necessary for our salvation that Jesus is true God and true man?
- So that Jesus could 1) be subject to God's law and keep all the commandments perfectly as our substitute (active obedience) and 2) die and so that his death could count for all (passive obedience)