We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our Lord
I Corinthians 8:6
For us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
In the pluralistic first-century Mediterranean world, where a multitude of religions and cults were vying for attention, the strict monotheism of Judaism stood out in stark contrast. The early Christians took the same stance: there is one – and only one – true God, the God who created the universe. All other ‘gods’ are frauds: imaginary, and worthless.
So far, so Jewish (Deuteronomy 6:4). Why bring Jesus into it? Because when we talk about God, we need to define which god we are talking about. With so many counterfeits ‘on the market’, how do we identify the genuine article? Paul’s startling affirmation is that the true God is the God who is “the Father” – in other words, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) It is Jesus who ‘defines‘ God, by virtue of being His Son. It is Jesus who is the Agent of creation. It is Jesus who is the source of all life, both physical and spiritual. It is Jesus who is the perfect image of the Father. In summary, it is impossible for a Christian to think of God without also thinking of Jesus.