Jesus Christ is the eternal second member of the Trinity. Jesus has existed from eternity past and will exist into eternity future. God the Father sent Jesus to be born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived as the perfect man, fulfilling all righteousness, and being perfectly pleasing to God the Father. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven to the right hand of the throne of God offering salvation to all who would repent of sin and believe upon Him. Jesus will return again in power and great glory to judge the world and establish His kingdom with the saints in the new heavens and new earth.
Man is separate from the rest of creation in that man is created in the image of God, created male and female in God’s image. In the beginning Adam and Eve were without sin and lived in harmony with God and each other. Satan tempted the first couple by lying to them about God and His command. Adam and Eve did not believe God and fell into sin, transgressing God’s command. With this first sin all humanity plunged into sin, misery and death. All of Adam’s descendants are born broken in sin.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.
Justification is when a sinner is declared righteous by God based on the sinner’s union to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Sanctification begins with regeneration and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to the believer at conversion. Then by the work of the Holy Spirit the Christian believes and obeys Christ and is progressively transformed to become more and more like Jesus.
Glorification is the work of God by which the believer is perfected in Christ and given a new resurrection body to live with Christ in the Kingdom of God forever and ever.
The scriptures are God’s revelation of Himself and His great story of redemption throughout time. The Scriptures are inspired by the Holy Spirit, they are without error and completely reliable for faith and practice.