The Truth

God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an
intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator,
Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is
infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we
owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal
God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
with distinct personal attributes, but without division of
nature, essence, or being.

A. God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His
universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of
human history according to the purposes of His grace.
He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is
Father in truth to those who become children of God through
faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward
all men.

Gen. 1:1; 2:7; Ex. 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11 ff.; 20:1 ff.; Lev.
22:2; Deut. 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chron. 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isa.
43:3, 15; 64:8; Jer. 10:10; 17:13; Matt. 6:9 ff.; 7:11;
23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8;
Acts 1:7; Rom. 8:14-15; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 4:6; Col.
1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7


B. God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation
as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and
born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and
did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and
necessities of human nature and identifying Himself
completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the
divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on
the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from
sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and
appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them
before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now
exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One
Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in
whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and
man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world
and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in
all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Gen. 18:1 ff.; Psalm 2:7 ff.; 110:1 ff.; Isa. 7:14; 53;
Matt. 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16, 27; 17:5;
27; 28:1-6, 19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70;
24:46; John 1:1-18, 29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50;14:7-
11; 16:15-16, 28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-
24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Rom. 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,
34; 10:4; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8, 24-28; 2 Cor. 5:19-
21; Gal. 4:4-5; Eph. 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Phil. 2:5-11; Col.
1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus
2:13-14; Heb. 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15, 24-28; 12:2;
l3:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15;
5:9; 2 John 7-9; Rev. 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16


C. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy
men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination
He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ.
He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration.
He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers,
and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God
through His church. He seals the believer unto the
day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is
the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness
of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the
believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Gen. 1:2; Judg. 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ff.;
Isa. 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matt. 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32;
28:19; Mark 1:10, 12; Luke 1:35; 4:1, 18-19; 11:13; 12:12;
24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8;
2:1-4, 38; 4:3l; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17, 39; 10:44; 13:2;
15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Rom. 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Cor. 2:10-
14; 3:16; 12:3-11; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1
Thess. 5:19; 1 Tim. 3:16; 4:1; 2 Tim. 1:14; 3:16; Heb. 9:8,
14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Rev. 1:10; 22:17

X. Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the
world to its appropriate end. According to His promise,
Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to
the earth; the dead will he raised; and Christ will judge
all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned
to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous
in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their
reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isa. 2:4; 11:9; Matt. 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27, 30,
36, 44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,
48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11;
17:31; Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 4:5; 15:24-28, 35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10;
Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 5:1 ff.; 2
Thess. 1:7 ff.; 2; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13;
Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7 ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2;
Jude 14; Rev. 1:18; 3:11; 20:1 to 22:13

 


The Bible is the inspired Word of God.

All men are sinners separated from God, cannot save themselves, and deserve eternal punishment.

Jesus Christ, God's Son and true God, having also become true man, lived, suffered and died for the sins of all people, that we need not remain separated from God.

Whoever repents of his sins and accepts by faith, Jesus Christ as his Savior has forgiveness of his sins and has eternal life with God.

Therefore, each person is saved from eternal separation from God only by the grace of God Himself, through faith in Jesus Christ.

In response to his loving gift of God, Christians will strive to live holy lives as the fruit of their faith, and together with their fellow Christians in the Church, will serve God and do His work.

 


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