I believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. I believe he was so begotten in order to experience life as a human, so that he could become our high priest. I believe he came in the form of a baby, just like every other human after Adam and Eve. I believe he lived among men as a sinless man, making him qualified to die on the cross for all the rest of humanity. I believe he did not stay in the tomb but arose on the third day as he had said he would. I believe it was the power of God that raised him and that it proves that eternal life is in all of us when we give ourselves over to God. I believe he returned to heaven as a man but was restored to his former glory and now resides at the right hand of God, which shows his return to the Godhead. I believe he is no longer a man but God. I believe that as God he will come to judge the world and claim his disciples who will live in his presence, the presence of God himself, forever.
1 Tim 3:16 “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
The question may be asked, “How did God become man, live as a man, die as a man, live again as a man and then go back to being God?”
I would suggest that the last part of the question is no more difficult than the first. If God could stop being God and come as a man, he could stop being a man and return to his God state if he so chose. Not a problem for me. As Paul wrote to Timothy, the story of Jesus is a mystery of godliness. We can’t understand one single part of it. We don’t have to. We just need to believe. God dwelt among us. One day we will dwell with God. Same God. I repeat, same God. We will not live in eternity with a glorified man but with the God who created the universe.
Jesus emptied himself of his Godliness, to be a man. He asked God to restore the glory he had before the world was created. How could he go back to that glory as a man since he wasn’t a man but God? God became Jesus but now has returned to his former glory. The Godhead is complete. Great is the mystery of godliness.
This is what I believe. I force it on no one. I am a part of the common confession. Think about it. What do you believe and why?