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Jesus Christ 

The Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, the savior and redeemer of humanity, the Word of God who was made flesh and dwelt among us in the world (see Jn 1:1-18). Jesus was the Messiah, the promised king and ancestor of David who was expected from OT times to deliver the people (see Is 9:6-7; Ez 34:23-24, 37:24-25). His name means "anointed one," as anointed kings and anointed priests were understood to have been given special powers and functions by God. Christ is also known as "Second Adam," who reverses the consequences of disobedience by Adam and humanity. St. Paul explains that "as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Cor 15:22, RSV). The Episcopal theologian William Porcher DuBose emphasized that Jesus' sinlessness was "His own," and not the result of a human nature that was somehow incapable of sin or invulnerable to temptation. By God's grace, through faith, Jesus humanly revealed the obedient righteousness that is the way of salvation. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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