Adventists hold to the Biblical view of Jesus Christ: that He
was not merely a good man, but was God Himself, incarnated in
human flesh, and fully equal with God the Father from
eternity. Under this topic we will deal with
questions of the incarnation and nature of Christ. See also the
topic of Trinity for
more on the relationship of Christ to other members of the
Godhead. For material that focuses on Christ's salvific acts,
see our topic on Salvation
. See below for the official statement of this belief.
Adventist Christology by Eric Claude Webster treats an important and
controversial issue in Adventist theological dialogue. The first chapter gives
an illuminating historical perspective, while in the next four chapters,
Webster examines the Christologies of Ellen G. White and E. J. Waggoner of the
19th, and Edward Heppenstall and Herbert Douglass of he 20th centuries.
This is Webster's doctoral dissertation, now out of print in book form, but we
have the full text here for your in depth study and research.
Man Who Is God: A
Study of the Person and Nature of Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man,
by Edward Heppenstall , presents the complete picture
of the incarnated God Who became man. His is a voice that is
needed to be heard in view of the present attention to the
controversies over the human nature of Christ.
Humanity of Christ by Woodrow W. Whidden II addresses
questions on the nature of the human nature of Christ which have been
debated extensively in Adventism, especially for the past 50
years. This is especially cogent in the light of the
recent Questions on Doctrines Conference held October 14-29, 2007.
Is Michael? by Henry Feyerabend answers questions about the pre-existence of Christ and
the identity of Michael, the Archangel.
SDA Statement of Beliefs on Christ ( For the
full "Fundamental Beliefs" document, see http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/doctrines/gc28.htm)
4. The Son: God the eternal Son became
incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were
created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of
humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever
truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He
was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin
Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being,
but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God.
By His miracles He manifested God's power and was attested
as God's promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily
on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from
the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary
in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final
deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things.
(John 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:15-19; John 10:30; 14:9; Rom. 6:23;
2 Cor. 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb.
2:9-18; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Heb. 8:1, 2; John 14:1-3.)