Article 2 - Article 3 - Article 4
Following the line of the Apostles’ Creed, these three Articles bring before us our Lord’s Person and work as Redeemer in a series of connected acts and facts which are to be factors and forces in our life. It will be well to summarise these truths for the sake of completeness.
1. The Divine Sonship in which He is “equal to the Father, as touching His Godhead”; “Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord” (Apostles’ Creed); “the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made” (Nicene Creed).
2. The Incarnation by which the Son of God became Son of Man. “Conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary” (Apostles’ Creed); “And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man” (Nicene Creed).
3. The Death by which He made an atonement for sin. “Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified” (Apostles’ Creed); “And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered” (Nicene Creed).
4. The Burial and Descent into Hell by which He realised in completeness our human experiences. “Dead and buried” (Apostles’ Creed); “And was buried” (Nicene Creed).
5. The Resurrection in which He was victorious over Sin, Satan, and Death. “The third day He rose again from the dead” (Apostles’ Creed); “And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures” (Nicene Creed).
6. The Ascension and Session by which He was crowned as Priest, Intercessor, and Lord, bestowing grace and building up His Church. “He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty” (Apostles’ Creed); “And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father” (Nicene Creed).
7. The Return, when He will receive His people, judge the world, and usher in eternal righteousness. “From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead” (Apostles’ Creed)’; “And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end” (Nicene Creed).