1. The Preeminence of Christ

The Deity of Christ

There is but one living and true God (Deut 6:4; 1 Cor 8:6) who eternally exists in three coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each person eternally subsisting in the whole, undivided divine essence, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal (Mal 28:19– 20; 2 Cor 13:14; Eph 1:3–14). Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, of the same nature as the Father and the Holy Spirit, possessor of all the divine perfections, worthy of all worship, the object of true and saving faith (John 1:1–3; 5:17–30; 10:30; 20:28; Rom 9:5; Phil 2:5–11; Col 1:15–17; Heb 1:3; 1 John 5:20).

The Exclusivity of Christ

Jesus Christ is the only Savior of sinful mankind, the only mediator between God and men (1 Tim 2:5). There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). No one may come to the Father in salvation but by grace alone through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6).

The Lordship of Christ

As a consequence of His perfectly sufficient atonement for sins, the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead, exalted Him to heaven, and seated Him at His right hand where He rules in authority, power, and dominion over all creation as the head of the church (Eph 1:19–23; Phil 2:5–11; Col 1:18). He is thus Lord of all (Acts 10:36; Rom 10:12), and His will is the rule of life for all who follow Him (Luke 6:46–49; John 14:15–23; 1 John 2:3–6; 5:3).