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As disciples, we participate in this fourfold work of Christ. 3. For centuries, Christian creeds have confessed that Jesus Christ has both a human and a divine nature. The Bible does not use the language of "natures" to describe Jesus Christ. When using this language, we should not overemphasize either the human or the divine side. This way of speaking about Jesus Christ can be helpful if it upholds what the Bible reveals to us about him. 4. As Son of God, Jesus Christ shares fully in the character and work of the triune God (Matt.

According to the Bible, salvation includes not only forgiveness of sins which we have committed, but also rescue from powers of evil in which we have become entrapped (1 Pet. 2:24; Matt. 26:28; Heb. 2:1415), deliverance from enemies who have sinned against us (Luke 21:1619; Acts 4), and healing. For a discussion of the relationship of salvation and healing, see "The Church in Mission" (Article 10), Commentary paragraph 3. Our ultimate salvation lies in the power of the resurrection. Page 39 Article 9 The Church of Jesus Christ We believe that the church is the assembly of those who have accepted God's offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

The church is the household, or family, of God. 6 We believe that the church as the body of Christ is the visible manifestation of Jesus Christ. The church is called to live and minister as Christ lived and ministered in the world. As many members belong to one body, so all believers have been baptized in one Spirit into the one body of Christ. There are varieties of gifts and ministries in the church, all given for the common good. Believers are to love each other and to grow toward the likeness of Christ, who is the head of the church.

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