of the Bible
|A simple but profound ceremony taught in the Bible where the believer is baptized by complete immersion in water for the remission of his or her sins. |
Biblical References: Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 5:30-32; Luke 3:3, 24:46-47; Romans 5-6; Colossians 2:12
Church (church of God)
|The true church (church of God) is composed of those called by God the Father, who have accepted His Son Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, who have repented of their sins, been baptized and received the Holy Spirit of God.|
Biblical References: Ephesians 1:22-23; John 21:15-17; Ephesians 4:4-6, 11-16; Mathew 24:14, 28:18-20; 1Corinthians 12:6-13; Acts 2:47; Romans 8:9, 28-29; John 15:1-8; Hebrews 2:9-18; Revelation 1:12-20
God's judgment of each individual begins when God opens his or her mind to understand God's way of life. God the Father holds each believer personally responsible to grow in the knowledge of His Word and in the spiritual maturity
of His Son Jesus Christ. As the believer loves God with all the heart and is obedience to the Bible, he or she has the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to them. All who remain in this imputed righteousness of faith will be in the first resurrection and will receive eternal life at the return of Jesus Christ.
Those individuals through the ages who have had no opportunity for salvation during their lifetime will be restored to physical life in the second resurrection, which will take place after the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ (also known as the millennium). Everyone who is in the second resurrection will have the same opportunity for salvation as those who were in the first resurrection. All who knowingly reject their opportunity for salvation will be sentenced to the second death. The second death is God's total destruction of all the incorrigible wicked in the lake of fire, from which there is no resurrection.
Biblical References: 1Peter 4:17; Micah 4:1-4; Hebrews 10:26-27; Romans 2:16, 14:10-12; Acts 10:42; Revelation 20:5-6, 11-14; 2Peter 2:9; 1Samuel 16:7; 2Timothy 4:8; Ezekiel 37:12-14
The knowledge of and active belief in the existence and power of the living God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Faith is the actual spiritual substance of God's Holy Spirit, which gives the believer the assurance and the confidence that what God has promised, He will perform.
Biblical References: Romans 10:17; Philippians 3:3-19; 1Corinthians 15:14-17; Hebrews 11; Galatians 3:1-14, 22-26; 2Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:4-10; James 2:14-22; Revelation 14:12
God the Father
|God the Father is the supreme, glorious, divine Spirit Being Who is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. He accomplishes His will through the power of His Holy Spirit. He has all power and all authority. He is the very definition of love. He has perfect, holy character. God the Father sent Jesus Christ, His Son, in the form of a human to reveal His love, grace and magnificent plan for all mankind. |
Bible References: Matthew 11:27; John 1:1-2, 17-18, 6:44, 8:16-18, 14:28, 16:27; 1John 4:8, 16; 1Corinthians 15:24-28; Ephesians 3:14-19, 4:4-6; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2:3-9; Revelation 21:22
|The word gospel, which means "good news," is the wonderful message of God's plan of salvation for all mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. The gospel is also a message about the coming kingdom of God on earth. When Jesus Christ returns to the earth, He will set up the kingdom of God and will rule all nations. |
Biblical References: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 3:3-7, 16, 14:24; Acts 11:19-21; 1Corinthians 15; Matthew 24:14, 28:19-20; Mark 1:1, 14-15, 16:15-16; 1John 2:1-2
|The free and undeserved gift of God the Father through Jesus Christ. The grace of God is the greatest expression of God the Father's love and all-encompassing mercy. To be under grace means to continually be receiving God's divine love, favor, forgiveness, blessing, gracious care, help and gifts.|
Biblical References: Psalms 103:1-5; Galatians 5:1-4; Romans 3:22-25, 4:1-13, 5:1-11, 15-18, 11:5-6; Ephesians 2:4-10, 3; 1Corinthians 15:10; 2Timothy 1:9; 1Peter 5:10
|God the Father personally intervenes when He extends healing to those who call upon Him in times of sickness or injury. This divine intervention can be directed toward anyone at any time, as God wills, because Jesus Christ paid the price for healing from every sickness with the stripes of scourging that He received before His crucifixion. When we are healed by God our sins are forgiven. The Scriptures teach that one who desires to be healed by God should call for the spiritually mature Christians in the church to anoint him or her with oil in the name of Jesus Christ and to pray for God's healing and intervention. Trusting God in faith for healing is a personal matter between each individual and God. |
Biblical References: Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:2-3; Mathew 8:1-17, 9:27-30; 1Peter 2:24; 1Corinthians 11:23-30; James 5:14-16; Isaiah. 53:4-5; Mark 16:15-18; 2Corinthians 12:7-10; John 9:1-11
The Bible is the very foundation of knowledge. It shows how to live God's way of life and imparts the understanding of salvation through Jesus Christ that man CANNOT discover for himself. True Christianity is based on the entire Word of God as it applies to the individual Christian.
God directly inspired His chosen servants by the power of His Holy Spirit to record the Scriptures for all mankind. The Bible consists of both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language and preserved by the Masoretes. The New Testament was written and preserved in the Koiné Greek language by the original apostles of Jesus Christ.
Biblical References: Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 111:7-10; Psalm 119; Psalm 12:6; 19:7-9; Matthew 1:1-17, 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 6:63; 2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Peter 1:20-21; Galatians 1:8-12; Ephesians 2:19-20; 1Corinthians 14:37; Revelation 1:1-3; 22:18-19
The Bible teaches that there are seven annual feasts and holy days
which were ordained by God to be observed as special commanded convocations or assemblies. These days portray God's plan of salvation for mankind. God's annual holy days were observed by His people during Old Testament times. Jesus' entire ministry was centered around the spiritual meaning of these holy days. The New Testament church faithfully observed God's annual feasts and holy days. The Bible reveals that the annual holy days will be observed by all mankind after the return of Jesus Christ.
The seven annual feasts and holy days are as follows:
- Christian Passover
- Days of Unleavened Bread
- Day of Trumpets
- Day of Atonement
- Feast of Tabernacles
- Last Great Day
Biblical References: Leviticus 23; Exodus 12:1-20, 23:14-17, 31:13; John 7:37; Mathew 26:17-18; 1Corinthians 5:7-8, 16:8; Acts 2:1, 18:21, 20:16; Zechariah 14:16-19; Isaiah 66:23
|The power by which God the Father and Jesus Christ accomplish Their will. The Holy Spirit is granted freely to each believer upon repentance of sins, baptism, and the laying on of hands. This begettal of the Holy Spirit is the earnest and assurance of the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. It enables the believer to be a partaker of the divine nature and imparts the ability to develop the love of God. |
Biblical References: Genesis 1:2; 2Corinthians 1:21-22; John 7:37-39, 14:16, 26; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 2; 2Timothy 1:6-7; Romans 8:9-14, 15:13-14; 2Peter 1:1-11; 1Corinthians 2:9-10; 1John 4:4-8
Prior to His human birth, the One who became the Son eternally existed with the Being who became the Father. All things were created by God the Father through God the Son. The Son is revealed in the Old Testament as the Lord God and Lawgiver and in the New Testament as the Word of God.
In order to become the Savior of all mankind, Jesus willingly divested Himself of His position in the God Family, giving up His majesty, glory and power, to become a fleshly human being, born of the virgin Mary and begotten of God the Father. As a human being having sinful human flesh, He was subject to the same temptations as every human being, yet He never sinned. As the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself to be a special, unique sacrifice through the crucifixion as an atonement for the sins of all mankind. After being dead in the grave for three days and three nights He was resurrected to eternal life through the power of God the Father. He was again invested with the full divine nature and power of the God Family. He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father as mankind’s High Priest, Intercessor and Head of His Church.
Jesus Christ will very soon return to earth in the power and glory of His Father to establish the Kingdom and government of God on earth. As King of kings and Lord of lords, He will rule the earth forever.
Bible References: John 1:1-3, 3:16, 17:1-26; Philippians 2:6-11; Ephesians 1:6-23; Colossians 1:14-20; Hebrews 2:9-14, 4:14-16, 5:7-9; Romans 5:8, 8:3, 29; Revelation 1:5, 13-16, 5:9-10, 13:8
|Justification is freely granted to the called and repentant believer by God the Father through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Justification takes place when the believer's sins are removed by the blood of Jesus Christ and he or she is put into right standing with God the Father. In order to receive God's gift of justification, a person must repent toward God, believe in the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and be baptized.|
Biblical References: Romans 2:13, 3:24-31, 4:5-8, 24-25, 5:1-10, 17-21, 8:28-30; 1Corinthians 6:11
Kingdom of God
|The kingdom of God currently rules the universe. Although the kingdom of God is not now ruling the earth, all those who have the Spirit of God are under the rule of God the Father through the lordship of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God will be reinstituted on the earth at the return of Jesus Christ. |
Bible References: Revelation 2:26, 3:12, 21; Daniel 2:44; Micah 4:1-4; Hebrews 11:13-16; 1Corinthians 15:50-54; Revelation 5:10, 21; Isaiah 11:1-10; Colossians 1:13; Isaiah 66:22-23; John 3:3-7
Laying on of Hands
|After coming out of the water of baptism, the believer has hands laid on his head by one or more mature Christians and a prayer is offered asking God to grant the gift of His Holy Spirit to person. |
Biblical References: Acts 6:6, 8:15-17, 13:3, 19:5-6; James 5:14-15; Mathew 19:13-15; Mark 16:17-18
|Repentance is complete remorse and sorrow for one's sins, which are the transgression of the holy laws and commandments of God, whether in the letter or the spirit of the law.|
Biblical References: Deuteronomy 30:1-19 Acts 2:37-38, 3:19, 11:18; Psalms 51; Romans 2:4; Isaiah 55:6-7; 2Corinthians 7:9-11; Ezekiel 18:30-32; 2Timothy 2:24-26; Mark 1:15; 1John 1:6 - 2:2; Luke 13:1-5, 24:47; 2Peter 3:9; John 6:44-45; Revelation 14:6-7
Jesus Christ was the first to be resurrected to immortality by the power of God the Father. To become a human being, Jesus had divested Himself of His glory and power as the Lord God of the Old Testament. When He was resurrected, He was restored to His full glory, power and honor as God. Jesus Christ is called the Firstborn from among the dead because He is the first of multiple millions who will be resurrected to immortality.
When Jesus Christ returns to the earth, all true Christians who have died will be raised to eternal life as immortal spirit beings. All the saints will be composed of spirit, as God is composed of spirit, and will be full members of God's divine Family. They will rule with Jesus Christ as kings and priests on the earth. This resurrection is described in the Bible as the FIRST resurrection.
After the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ and His saints, there will be a resurrection to physical life of all who have died without having received the opportunity for salvation. During this second physical life, each person will have his or her first and only opportunity for salvation through Jesus Christ. Those who fully accept the salvation of God will enter into the Family of God as spirit beings. Those who reject salvation through Jesus Christ will be condemned to eternal death. They will be joined by all the incorrigible wicked who have died throughout history, who will be resurrected to physical life. All who have refused to accept salvation, and have knowingly and willfully committed the unpardonable sin, which is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God the Father, will be resurrected to receive the final judgment of God. Their sentence will be to die in the lake of fire. This death is the second death from which there is no resurrection.
Biblical References: 1Kings 17:17-24; John 5:28-29, 11:20-44; Mark 5:35-42; 1Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-23, 35-55; Romans 1:4; Hebrews 2:9-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15; Mathew 25:41-46, 27:52-53; Ezekiel 37:1-14; 2Peter 3:10-12
|The righteousness of faith is the gift of righteousness which the believer receives through the abundance of the Father's grace. It is called "the righteousness of faith" because only through faith in Jesus Christ is it possible to partake of this righteousness. This imputed righteousness is the gift of God through faith in Jesus Christ and CANNOT be earned by doing works of law. |
Biblical References: Genesis 3:11-13; 4:7-11, 6:5-13; 15:16; Leviticus 18:5; Jeremiah 18:7-10; Ezekiel 20:11, 13, 21; Proverbs 4:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-13, 6:1-4, 28:1-13; Galatians 3:11 Romans 2:11-13, 3:9-22; 4:13-16,10:5
The weekly Bible Sabbath is the seventh day of the week or Saturday and is observed from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. The Sabbath is a memorial of creation and was made for all mankind. It was the commanded day of weekly worship before the Ten Commandments were given to Israel. The Fourth Commandment is a reminder to observe and keep holy the Sabbath day.
As Lord God of the Old Testament
, Jesus Christ created the Sabbath by resting on the very first seventh day and by blessing and sanctifying it. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ proclaimed that He is Lord of the Sabbath day. During His ministry on earth, He reaffirmed the sacredness of the Sabbath and taught its proper observance. Jesus Himself showed by example that it is right to do good on the Sabbath day, in addition to resting from one's physical labor and secular business. The apostles and the early New Testament church observed the Sabbath.
Biblical References: Genesis 2:1-3; Mark 2:27-28; Exodus 20:8-10, 31:13-17; Isaiah 56:1-7, 58:13-14, 66:23; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Leviticus 23:1-3; Luke 4:4; Acts 13:42-44, 17:2, 18:4,11, Acts 19:8-10; Hebrews 4:4-10
|By the grace of God, the believer is saved from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death, and is granted the gift of eternal life through the begettal of the Holy Spirit from God the Father. |
Biblical References: Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 5:6-10, 6:23; Mark 16:16; Ephesians 2:4-10; Acts 4:8-12; 1Timothy 2:4; Revelation 21:7
|Sanctification is the act of setting apart someone or something for a holy purpose and use. Christians are in a continuing state of sanctification after repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. In the Scriptures, Christians are referred to as saints, meaning those who have been made holy by the sanctification of God the Father. |
Biblical References: 1Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:3-4, 5:25-27; 2Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1Corinthians 6:11; Exodus 31:13, 40:9-13; Leviticus 21:1, 8; Jeremiah 1:5; John 17:15-19
|Sin is the transgression of God's laws and commandments, whether in the letter or the spirit of the Law. Sin is lawlessness. When a person knows to do good and doesn't do it, it is sin. The ultimate penalty for sin is eternal death. Upon sincere repentance a person's sins will be forgiven by faith in the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the payment of those sins.|
Biblical References: Isaiah 53, 59:1-2; Hebrews 10:26-27; Matthew 12:31-32; James 1:14-15, 2:10-11, 4:17; Romans 6:23, 7, 14:19-23; 1Peter 2:21-25; Galatians 1:3-4, 5:19-21; 1John 3:4, 8-10, 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-3; Revelation 21:8