What I Believe…Who is Jesus?

Darlene N. Böcek is confessionally Reformed, subscribing to the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicean Creed and Chalcedon Confession.

Based on these, she follows the Westminster Confession and Catechisms as well as the Belgic and Heidelberg Confessions and the Canons of Dort. Three forms of Unity. (See Creeds and Confessions here).

All her writing is founded on the belief that Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura) is reliable to direct life and practice, and these creeds and confessions are merely summarized forms of the absolute truth held out in Scripture.


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The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

Amen.

Who is Jesus Christ–in a Nutshell?

So then we confess

that God fulfilled the promise

made to the early fathers and mothers
by the mouth of the holy prophets

when he sent the only and eternal Son of God
into the world
at the time appointed.

The Son took the “form of a slave”
and was made in “human form,”34

truly assuming a real human nature,
with all its weaknesses,
except for sin;
being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
without male participation.

And Christ not only assumed human nature

as far as the body is concerned

but also a real human soul,

in order to be a real human being.

For since the soul had been lost as well as the body,
Christ had to assume them both
to save them both together.

Therefore we confess

(against the heresy of the Anabaptists
who deny that Christ assumed
human flesh from his mother)

that Christ shared the very flesh and blood of children;35
being the fruit of the loins of David according to the flesh,36
descended from David according to the flesh;37
the fruit of the womb of the virgin Mary;38
born of a woman;39
the seed of David;40
the root of Jesse;41
descended from Judah,42

having descended from the Jews according to the flesh;

descended from Abraham—

having assumed descent from Abraham and Sarah,
and was made like his brothers and sisters,

yet without sin.43

In this way Christ is truly our Immanuel—

that is: “God with us.”44 

Belgic Confession Article 18

34Phil. 2:7 35Heb. 2:14 36Acts 2:30 37Rom. 1:3 38Luke 1:42 39Gal. 4:4 402 Tim. 2:8 41Rom. 15:12 42Heb. 7:14 43Heb. 2:17; 4:15 44Matt. 1:23

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