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“And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord”

In this second article of the creed, we confess who our Savior is, what he has accomplished, and how we should respond.

The Savior’s identity is revealed in two terms. The title “only begotten” affirms his uniqueness as the eternal Son of God and the name “Jesus” reminds us that he, as God, was manifest in the flesh and dwelt among us.

His personal name “Jesus” emphasizes the nature of his work, especially with the title “Christ” appended. “Jesus” literally means “God saves” and the title “Christ” means “anointed,” intimating that Jesus was officially commissioned to accomplish our salvation through his incarnation, active obedience, substitutionary death, and glorious resurrection.

The title “Lord” can be read in two ways. First, Jesus is “Lord” by virtue of his divinity. It was by him that all things were created, so all things owe their existence and allegiance to him. However, for the Christian, the title “Lord” takes on a more personal and practical meaning.

Having been redeemed by his blood, the Christian understands that he is no longer his own. He has been bought with a price and therefore owes absolute obedience to his new Lord. This obedience is in no way begrudging, but a grateful response to his grace freely given.

Believe today that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who came in the flesh to save us from our sins and, believing that, bow your knee to him in humble obedience all the days of your life.