Statement of Beliefs SDARM

The SDARM have never reversed their declaration of 1999 and you can read their current statement of beliefs here:

http://www.sdarm.org/beliefs/bible_doctrines1.php?doc=1#B-1b

REFORMATION HERALD PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION

P. O. Box 7240, Roanoke, VA  24019-0240, U.S.A.

Fundamental Christian Beliefs of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement

B. THE SON

Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead (1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8), is the eternal, self-existent Son of God, the “express image” (Hebrews 1:3; John 14:7–10) of the Father. Together with the Father, He is the beginner (Revelation 3:14, Gr. Arche—originator), of all things. John 1:1–3; Colossians 1:15–17; Hebrews 1:2; Romans 9:5 (cf. John 17:3; 1 John 5:20); Isaiah 9:6; John 6:33.

The eternal preexistence of Christ is clearly taught in the Bible. Micah 5:2; Proverbs 8:22–30; John 1:1, 2, 14; 17:5,

24. A comparison between Isaiah 40:3–5 and Matthew 3:3 proves that Christ is part of the Godhead. See also Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58.

As Christ is also God, one with the Father and equal with Him, He is also to be worshipped. This would not be the case if He were a created being or one who came into existence after the Father (Revelation 19:10). John 10:30; 20:28; Matthew 14:33; Luke 4:8; Philippians 2:9–11; Hebrews 1:6; Luke 24:52.

Without giving up His divinity, Christ accepted humanity and became a man at His incarnation, when He was born of the virgin Mary. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35. At His birth in Bethlehem, He did not take the nature of Adam before the fall, but the seed of Abraham and of David. John 1:14; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 2:14, 16, 17; Philippians 2:7, 8; Romans 1:3, 4; 2 Timothy 2:8.

Christ came into the world “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10); to live and die for our justification and sanctification (Romans 5:9, 10; 1 John 1:9; John 17:19); to take away our sins (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 John 3:5); to redeem us from the penalty of the law (Galatians 3:13; 4:4, 5); to condemn sin in the flesh, enabling us, by the Holy Spirit, to fulfill the righteousness of the law (Romans 8:3, 4); to give us an example of obedience (John 15:10; 1 Peter 2:21–24; 1 John 2:5, 6; Hebrews 5:8, 9); and to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

As a man, Christ was tempted in all points like ourselves; yet He knew no sin. Mark 1:13; Luke 4:1, 2, 13; Hebrews 2:18; 4:15; John 14:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22.

The vicarious death of Christ on the cross provides the sacrificial part (the blood offering) of the atonement for the sins of the human race. Only those who accept this provision will be saved. Isaiah 53:1–12; John 3:14–17; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; 1 John 1:7. The intercessory part of the atonement is provided by Christ’s mediation in the sanctuary above (Romans 5:8–11; 8:34; Hebrews 8:12).

Dual Nature

“The Godhead was not made human, and the human was not deified by the blending together of the two natures. Christ did not possess the same sinful, corrupt, fallen disloyalty we possess, for then He could not be a perfect offering.”—Selected Messages, bk. 3, p. 131.

“[Christ] has a twofold nature, at once human and divine. He is both God and man.”—SDA Bible Commentary

[E. G. White Comments], vol. 6, p. 1074.

“The two natures were mysteriously blended in one person—the man Christ Jesus.”—Ibid., vol. 5, p. 1113.

“By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God. As the Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey.”—The Desire of Ages,p. 24.  

Divine Nature

“Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity, God over all, blessed for evermore.”—Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 247.

“In speaking of His preexistence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God.” —Evangelism, p. 615.

“From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father.”—The Desire of Ages, p. 19.

“Silence fell upon the vast assembly [of Pharisees and rulers and people]. The name of God, given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence, had been claimed as His own by this Galilean Rabbi. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One, He who had been promised to Israel, ‘whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity’ (Micah 5:2, margin).”—Ibid., pp. 469, 470.

“When the voice of the mighty angel was heard at Christ’s tomb, saying, Thy Father calls Thee, the Saviour came forth from the grave by the life that was in Himself. Now was proved the truth of His words, ‘I lay down My life, that I might take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.’ Now was fulfilled the prophecy He had spoken to the priests and rulers, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’ (John 10:17, 18; 2:19).

“Over the rent sepulcher of Joseph Christ had proclaimed in triumph, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life.’ These words could be spoken only by the Deity. All created beings live by the will and power of God. They are dependent recipients of the life of God. From the highest seraph to the humblest animate being, all are replenished from the Source of life. Only He who is one with God could say, I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death.”—Ibid., p. 785.

“In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. When Christ was crucified, it was His human nature that died. Deity did not sink and die; that would have been impossible.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 5, p. 1113.

“The spirit of Jesus slept in the tomb with His body, and did not wing its way to heaven, there to maintain a separate existence, and to look down upon the mourning disciples embalming the body from which it had taken flight. All that comprised the life and intelligence of Jesus remained with His body in the sepulcher; and when He came forth it was as a whole being; He did not have to summon His spirit from heaven. He had power to lay down His life and to take it up again.”—Ibid., pp. 1150, 1151.

“The divinity of Christ is the believer’s assurance of eternal life.”— The Desire of Ages, p. 530.

Human Nature

“It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity.”— Ibid., p. 49.

“At an infinite cost, and by a process mysterious to angels as well as to men, Christ assumed humanity. Hiding His divinity, laying aside His glory, He was born a babe in Bethlehem.”— The Youth’s Instructor, July 20, 1899.

“When Jesus took human nature, and became in fashion as a man, He possessed all the human organism. His necessities were the necessities of a man. He had bodily wants to be supplied, bodily weariness to be relieved. By prayer to the Father He was braced for duty and for trial.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 5, p. 1130.

“He is a brother in our infirmities, but not in possessing like passions. As the sinless One, His nature recoiled from evil.”—Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 202.

“The humanity of the Son of God is everything to us. It is the golden chain that binds our souls to Christ, and through Christ to God. This is to be our study. Christ was a real man; He gave proof of His humility in becoming a man. Yet He was God in the flesh. When we approach this subject, we would do well to heed the words spoken by Christ to Moses at the burning bush, ‘Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou stand-est is holy ground’ (Exodus 3:5).”— Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 244.   

Tempted in All Points

“Clad in the vestments of humanity, the Son of God came down to the level of those He wished to save. In Him was no guile or sinfulness; He was ever pure and undefiled; yet He took upon Him our sinful nature. Clothing His divinity with humanity, that He might associate with fallen humanity, He sought to regain for man that which, by disobedience, Adam had lost for himself and for the world.”—The Review and Herald, December 15, 1896.

“Christ’s heart was pierced by a far sharper pain than that caused by the nails driven into His hands and feet. He was bearing the sins of the whole world, enduring our punishment—the wrath of God against transgression. His trial involved the fierce temptation of thinking that he was forsaken by God. His soul was tortured by the pressure of great darkness, lest He should swerve from His uprightness during the terrible ordeal. Unless there is a possibility of yielding, temptation is no temptation. Temptation is resisted when man is powerfully influenced to do a wrong action; and, knowing that he can do it, resists, by faith, with a firm hold upon divine power. This was the ordeal through which Christ passed. He could not have been tempted in all points as man is tempted, had there been no possibility of His failing. He was a free agent, placed on probation, as was Adam, and as is every man. In His closing hours, while hanging on the cross, He experienced to the fullest extent what man must experience when striving against sin. He realized how bad a man may become by yielding to sin. He realized the terrible consequence of the transgression of God’s law; for the iniquity of the whole world was upon Him.”—The Youth’s Instructor, July 20, 1899.

“When His ministry commenced, after His baptism, He endured an agonizing fast of nearly six weeks. It was not merely the gnawing pangs of hunger which made His sufferings inexpressibly severe, but it was the guilt of the sins of the world which pressed so heavily upon Him. He who knew no sin was made sin for us. With this terrible weight of guilt upon Him because of our sins He withstood the fearful test upon appetite, and upon love of the world and of honor, and pride of display which leads to presumption.”—Testimonies, vol. 3, p.372.

Yet Without Sin

“Christ was the only one who walked the earth upon whom there rested no taint of sin.”—Selected Messages, bk. 3, p. 134.

“Be careful, exceedingly careful as to how you dwell upon the human nature of Christ. Do not set Him before the people as a man with the propensities of sin. He is the second Adam. The first Adam was created a pure, sinless being, without a taint of sin upon him; he was in the image of God. He could fall, and he did fall through transgressing. Because of sin his posterity was born with inherent propensities of disobedience. But Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God. He took upon Himself human nature, and was tempted in all points as human nature is tempted. He could have sinned; He could have fallen, but not for one moment was there in Him an evil propensity.”—The SDA Bible Commentary [E. G. White Comments], vol. 5, p. 1128.

“The prince of darkness found nothing in Him; not a single thought or feeling responded to temptation.”— Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 422.

“[Christ] was to take His position at the head of humanity by taking the nature but not the sinfulness of man.”—The SDA Bible Commentary

[E. G. White Comments], vol. 7, p. 925.

 “We should have no misgivings in regard to the perfect sinlessness of the human nature of Christ.”—Ibid., vol. 5,p. 1131.

“He was unsullied with corruption, a stranger to sin; yet He prayed, and that often with strong crying and tears. He prayed for His disciples and for Himself, thus identifying Himself with our needs, our weaknesses, and our failings, which are so common with humanity. He was a mighty petitioner, not possessing the passions of our human, fallen natures, but compassed with like infirmities, tempted in all points even as we are. Jesus endured agony which required help and support from His Father.”—Testimonies, vol. 2, pp. 508, 509.

“Every sin, every discord, every defiling lust that transgression had brought, was torture to His spirit.”— The Desire of Ages, p. 111.

We Can Overcome in the Same Way

“Many who fall under temptation excuse themselves with the plea that Christ’s divinity helped Him overcome, and that man has not this power in his favor. But this is a mistake. Christ has brought divine power within the reach of all. The Son of God came to the earth because He saw that moral power in man is weak. He came to bring finite man in close connection with God. It is by combining divine power with His human strength that man becomes an overcomer.”—The Youth’s Instructor, December 28, 1899.

“Jesus revealed no qualities, and exercised no powers, that men may not have through faith in Him. His perfect humanity is that which all His followers may possess, if they will be in subjection to God as He was.”—The Desire of Ages, p. 664.

“When we are tempted to question whether Christ resisted temptation as a man, we must search the Scriptures for the truth. As the substitute and surety of the human race, Christ was placed in the same position toward the Father as is the sinner. Christ had the privilege of depending on the Father for strength, and so have we.”—The Youth’s Instructor, December 28, 1899.

“God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. . . . In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together.”— The Desire of Ages, pp. 25, 26.

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