We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. But Christ reigns not through domination and condemnation and power-politics as the lords and rulers of this world do, but through love and compassion and redemption, always with us and sharing our experiences, both good and bad. In the world to come, when all Creation including ourselves has been made anew, all of heaven and earth will acknowledge him as Lord and Savior.
God is always in relationship with Godself, a loving familial relationship, in this case as Father and Son. But it is not a hierarchical relationship. Jesus Christ is begotten of the Father, but not made or created as the rest of the world is; instead, the Son is true God and Light co-equally with the Father. The Christ, the Word of God, existed before Creation began, and worked together with the Creator to make all things, seen and unseen.
As God is in relationship with Godself, God wishes to be in relationship with all humankind. God loves us as a Father loves his children. But we are broken by sin and evil, and our relationship with God is as broken as our relationships with one another. To mend this brokenness and restore us to wholeness and right relationships with God and one another, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, becoming incarnate in a specific time and place as Mary’s son. Although the Word is God, the Word is also a human being from 1st Century CE
Although innocent, he was executed cruelly by crucifixion; although this was meant for evil, God used it for good. Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we were redeemed from the power of sin. Jesus Christ’s obedience has wiped away the stain of our disobedience. And, being God, death had no dominion over him. On the third day he rose from the dead. Through our baptisms we are tied to Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, and will be raised from the dead when Jesus Christ comes again at the parousia to judge the living and the dead. All Creation will be made new, all sins wiped away. Redemption from sin is a gift which God gives us because God loves us and wants us to be free and whole and happy; there is nothing we can do to earn it, as our every action is broken by sin. Although we have been freed from our bondage to sin through Christ’s death, that freedom will not be completed until he comes again. As such, we are simultaneously saints and sinners, and must rely on the grace of God for our salvation.