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4. The Holy Spirit
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2. God the Father
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3. Jesus Christ

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We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the express image of His Father. 
Hebrews 1:1-3, 8 – 
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high… But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Colossians 1:15 – 
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.
Colossians 2:9 – 
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
1 Timothy 3:16 – 
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(a) We believe Jesus Christ existed in heaven in His divine nature before coming to earth.
John 1:1, 2 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
Philippians 2:5, 6 – 
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 
Colossians 2:9 – 
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
John 1:14 – 
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 
Micah 5:2 – 
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

(b) He was born on this earth of the virgin Mary, “conceived in her . of the Holy Ghost.” 
Matthew 1:18-23 – 
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

(c) God created everything through Him. 
John 1:1-3 – 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 
Colossians 1:16, 17 – 
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

(d) “As a personal being, God has revealed Himself in His Son. Jesus, the outshining of the Father’s glory, ‘and the express image of His person’, was on earth found in fashion as a man.” – Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 265. 
Hebrews 1:3 – Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

(e) Through His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, Jesus mani­fested Himself as the Redeemer. He is the only Mediator between God and fallen mankind. His life is a unique example for all humanity and especially for all His followers. 
Acts 4:12 – 
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 
Philippians 2:5-8 – 
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
1 Timothy 2:5, 6 – 
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Hebrews 2:17 – 
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 
1 Peter 2:21 – 
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
Deuteronomy 18:15 – 
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.
John 18:37 – 
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

(f) Today He is our High Priest in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary and is performing the final work of atonement.
Hebrews 8:1, 2 – Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Hebrews 7:24, 25 – 
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 4:15, 16 – 
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 9:24-26 – 
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

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