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Doctrine

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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

 

I.  GOD

 A. There is One God

 

Mark 12

 32 And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one [1] God; and there is none [absolute negative no] other but He [Masculine singular genitive]:

 

           

1. God is the One LORD

 

Psalm 118

 27 God is the LORD [JEHOVAH], which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

 

Deuteronomy 6
 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD [JEHOVAH]:

 

Mark 12

 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

Galatians 3

 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

 

Romans 3

 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

 

James 2

 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

 

1 Corinthians 8

 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.

 

Ephesians 4

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Lord – NT:2962 ‎ku/rio$ ‎kurios (koo'-ree-os); from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Mr. (as a respectful title):      KJV - God, Lord, master, Sir.

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

God – NT:2316 ‎qeo/$ ‎theos (theh'-os); of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with NT:3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:  KJV - X exceeding, God, god[-ly,-ward].

 

Genesis 3

 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us [the LORD God and the man], to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

 

Zechariah 14

 9 And the LORD [JEHOVAH] shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one [1] LORD, and His name one [1].

 

2. Jesus Christ is God our one LORD

 

 

1 Timothy 2

 5 For there is one [MSN] God [MSN], and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ [MSN] Jesus [MSN];
 

Matthew 1

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was [toward] with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same [WORD] was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by Him [the WORD]; and without Him [the WORD] was not any thing made that was made.

 

John 1

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

                                    The Glory of God is the Glory of the Word that is manifest in Jesus Christ.

 

Isaiah 48

 11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

 

 

 B. There is no other God

 

Mark 12

 32 And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He:

 

1 Kings 8

 60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

 

Isaiah 37

 16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.

 

Isaiah 44
 24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD [JEHOVAH] that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Nehemiah 9

 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD [JEHOVAH] alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

 

Isaiah 45

 14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none [not 1] else, there is no God.

 

Isaiah 45

 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

 

Isaiah 45

 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

 

Isaiah 46

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

 

Matthew 19

 17 And He said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

 

 

 1. God cannot be separated from Himself

 

Isaiah 45

 5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside [except] me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

Beside – OT:2108 hl*Wz ‎zuwlah (zoo-law'); from OT:2107; probably scattering, i.e. removal; used adverbially, except:   KJV - beside, but, only, save [except].

                        Which is to say: There is no God except me.

Deuteronomy 4

 35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD He is God; there is none else beside [except, apart from, separate from] Him.

Beside Him – OT:905 dB^ ‎bad (bad); from OT:909; properly, separation; by implication, a part of the body, branch of a tree, bar for carrying; figuratively, chief of a city; especially (with prepositional prefix) as an adverb, apart, only, besides:
KJV - alone, apart, bar, besides, branch, by self, of each alike, except, only, part, staff, strength.

 

Which is to say: There is no part separate or alike. He is Himself alone. There is none apart from Him who is God.

 

Deuteronomy 4

 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD He is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

 

2 Samuel 7

 22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside [except]  thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Beside – OT:2108 hl*Wz ‎zuwlah (zoo-law'); from OT:2107; probably scattering, i.e. removal; used adverbially, except:   KJV - beside, but, only, save [except].

 

1 Chronicles 17

 20 O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside [except]  thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Beside – OT:2108 hl*Wz ‎zuwlah (zoo-law'); from OT:2107; probably scattering, i.e. removal; used adverbially, except:   KJV - beside, but, only, save [except].

 2. God Only is Holy

 

1 Samuel 2

 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside [except, apart from, separate from] thee: neither is there any rock [refuge] like our God.

 

 

 3. God is the Only One Form of Himself

 

Isaiah 43

 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am He: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

         a. Jesus Christ is that Only One Form of Himself

 

Philippians 2

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

Mark 10

 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

 

Luke 18

 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save [except] one, that is, God.

 

Mark 12

 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He:

1 Corinthians 8

 4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none [not even one] other God but [except] one.

 

Except for the ONE GOD there is NO OTHER GOD. There are only others that man thinks of as gods and lords…

 

1 Corinthians 8

5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and One Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.

 

 

[EXCURSIVE ~ on Philippians 2:5-7]

This verse is often inappropriately used to support the erroneous conclusion that Jesus Christ is the “2nd person of the “trinity.” Therefore, excursively, the follow discussion is inserted here to resolve the misunderstanding and correctively illuminate the meaning as written in context that Jesus Christ is not separate or apart from God but rather the inseparable Only One true and living God in pure flesh and undefiled by man.

 

First, We have the mind of Christ and we should think as He thinks. Knowing that HE is God even the One God, then making Him a second person is wrong.

 

Philippians 2

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Mind – NT:5426 ‎frone/w ‎phroneo (fron-eh'-o); from NT:5424; to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by implication, to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intensively, to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience):
KJV - set the affection on, (be) care (-ful), (be like-, + be of one, + be of the same, + let this) mind (-ed), regard, savour, think.

 

Thus, we see here that Jesus Christ was not another God. We are seeing in this section that there is truly One and, further, there is NO other God. God did not create other gods.  Our One God is in only one form and the Scripture verse here shows that Jesus Christ was not “a” form of God. He is “the form” of God. He is very God and is equal by virtue of the fact that HE is God.

 

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Form – NT:3444 ‎morfh/ ‎morphe (mor-fay'); perhaps from the base of NT:3313 (through the idea of adjustment of parts); shape; figuratively, nature:      KJV - form.

Equal – NT:2470 ‎i&so$ ‎isos (ee'-sos); probably from NT:1492 (through the idea of seeming); similar (in amount and kind): KJV - + agree, as much, equal, like.

 

There are those who imagine that there is a “trinity” although it is not mentioned in the Bible. In fact, neither is there is there any mention of “three persons” of God or even “persons” of God. Regardless, of the lack of biblical support for trinitarian theory, they will insist that the following verse is evidence that the Father God sent a Son God who was separate from the Father and that the Son God was made empty of His deity while He took on a human nature. So they say Jesus “emptied Himself” in His “incarnation” when He left His heavenly abode leaving behind the Father God whom He was with before He came.

This is not biblically logical if we take into account the Words of the LORD who said that He is ONE GOD or if we consider that He created no other god and accept His Word that there is no other form of God but Himself.

 

Below, we see that the phrase “made Himself of no reputation” means that having made Himself to resemble a human being (man-faced creature) He would have to humble Himself unto Himself even as a man should humble himself unto the LORD GOD.

Note: those who presume that He “emptied Himself,” say that this phrase is from the Greek “Kenosis.” Actually, the textual Greek word here is ekenwsen which is translated: “made of no reputation.” It is derived from kenow [kenoo] which is translated “abased.”

Note: kenow (Kenoo) is derived from Kenos and NOT “kenosis.” In the context of  these three verses and in agreement with God’s Word, in which He reveals His singularity, this phrase means that He humbled Himself or abased Himself and, by making Himself to look like the servant, He acted the part of a servant. He was purely a man-faced who was acting unto God as a servant, which man is to be toward the LORD God.

 

7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form [shape] of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Made of no reputation – NT:2758 ‎keno/w ‎kenoo (ken-o'-o); from NT:2756; to make empty, i.e. (fig) to abase, neutralize, falsify:

KJV - make (of none effect, of no reputation, void), be in vain.

Servant – NT:1401 ‎dou=lo$ ‎doulos (doo'-los); from NT:1210; a slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency):

KJV - bond (-man), servant.

Likeness – NT:4976 ‎sxh=ma ‎schema (skhay'-mah); from the alternate of NT:2192; a figure (as a mode or circumstance), i.e. (by implication) external condition:       KJV - fashion.

Men – NT:444 ‎a&nqrwpo$ ‎anthropos (anth'-ro-pos); from NT:435 and ops (the countenance; from NT:3700); man-faced, i.e. a human being:        KJV - certain, man.

Jesus was not man as some supposed Him to be not having fallen Human nature, i.e., 100% man and 100% God. Rather, He is 100% God who fashioned Himself as a man, Jesus the CHRIST.

 

Luke 3:23

And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

 

…100% God He was and 100% God He remained. He had only the nature of God in Him and no inclination to be anything but pure and blameless: the spotless LAMB of God.

 

According to the discussion above, in the context of these three Scripture verses in Philippians 2:5-7, He is saying that He is GOD. In fact, in agreement with God, He shows that HE is THE FORM of God even that Spirit that is God and that He voluntarily made Himself in the fashion of man. His outward appearance was as a man-faced being, though He is God, who humbled Himself as a servant who is abased. However, in Him dwelled bodily the fullness of the Godhead. God was not separated nor could He be separated from Himself.

 

Thankfully, neither can He separate Himself from those He alone has selected, separated from in the womb, and indwelled by His Holy Spirit. The Godhead resides in us as He dwelled in that one Jesus of Nazareth, our LORD GOD, and Father Jesus Christ! Amen

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 C. There is Only One True and Living LORD God.

 

Deuteronomy 5

24 And ye said, Behold, the LORD [JEHOVAH] our God hath shewed us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and He liveth.

 

Deuteronomy 32

39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

 

Psalm 84

 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD [JEHOVAH]: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

 

Jeremiah 10

 10 But the LORD [JEHOVAH] is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting King: at His wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide His indignation.

LORD – OT:3068 ho*hy= ‎Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'); from OT:1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:
KJV - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare OT:3050, OT:3069.

True – OT:571 tm#a# ‎'emeth (eh'-meth); contracted from OT:539; stability; (figuratively) certainty, truth, trustworthiness:
KJV - assured (-ly), establishment, faithful, right, sure, true (-ly, -th), verity.

 

1 Corinthians 1

 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

God – OT:430 <yh!l)a$ ‎'elohiym (el-o-heem'); plural of OT:433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:
KJV - angels, X exceeding, God (gods)- dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

 

Living – OT:2416 yj^ ‎chay (khah'-ee); from OT:2421; alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively:
KJV - + age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life (-time), live (-ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, + merry, multitude, + (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.

 

Jeremiah 10

 10 But the LORD [JEHOVAH] is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting King: at His wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide His indignation.

 

 

 

 1. The world has acknowledged the True and Living God

Daniel 6

 26 I [king Darius] make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for He is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion [empire] shall be even unto the end.

Stedfast – OT:7011 <Y*q^ ‎qayam (Aramaic) (kah-yawm'); from OT:6966; permanent (as rising firmly):          KJV - stedfast, sure.

 

1 John 5

 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

1 Thessalonians 1

 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

True – NT:228 ‎a)lhqino/$ ‎alethinos (al-ay-thee-nos'); from NT:227; truthful:        KJV - true.

 

Matthew 16

15 He [Jesus] saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

John 3

 33 He that hath received His testimony hath set to His seal that God is true.

 

John 6

 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

John 17

 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the [one and] only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Only – NT:3441 ‎mo/no$ ‎monos (mon'-os); probably from NT:3306; remaining, i.e. sole or single; by implication mere:   KJV - alone, only, by themselves.

 

We do not let traditions of man and rudiments of the world dissuade us of the knowledge of the true and living God

 

 

 2. Jesus Christ is the True and Living God

 

Colossians 2

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9 For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

 

Romans 1

 20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 

[EXCURSIVE ~ The True and Living God who makes Himself known]

            Even those who boast of themselves acknowledge the true and living God

Daniel 4

28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

 

            God speaks

31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.

 

            Nebuchadnezzar speaks

34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?

36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.

 

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 D. The Spirit is the One and Only Living God

 

Romans 8

 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  

  1. The Spirit is to be Worshipped

John 4

 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

 

Genesis 1

 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 

  2. The Spirit is the Creator

Job 33

 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 

Matthew 3

 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God [God’s Spirit] descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him:

 

  3. The Spirit Helps and makes intercession for us

Romans 8

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the Will of God.

 

  4. The Spirit reveals and teaches

1 Corinthians 2

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

 

           

 

  5. The Spirit knows all things

1 Corinthians 2

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the Spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

 

 

       6. The Spirit perpetually [eternally] indwells the saints

1 Corinthians 3

 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 

  7. The Spirit of God Justifies the saints

1 Corinthians 6

 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

  8. The Holy Spirit of God set His seal permanently

Ephesians 4

 30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

                        a. The Holy Spirit of God is God

 

John 6

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

 

  9. The Spirit is Truth

1 John 4

 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.

 

                        a. The Spirit speaks Truth

 

1 John 4

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 10. The Spirit is the Comforter

 

Speaking of the Holy Spirit to come as the “Comforter,” Jesus said that He must go so that the Spirit would come.  Then He disclosed that it was He who would come.

 

John 14

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He [The Father] may abide with you for ever;

Another – NT:243 ‎a&llo$ ‎allos (al'-los); a primary word; "else," i.e. different (in many applications):
KJV - more, one (another), (an-, some an-) other (-s, -wise).

Obviously, from the Scriptures to say the comforter is “different” would be spiritually illogical from the vastness of text that portrays the nature of God. However, there is a difference in the ministering and fullness of the effect of what Jesus Christ accomplished. By His death we are reconciled to God thus clearing the way for the LORD to establish permanently the holiness of His chosen upon whom He would seal and thereby mark us irrevocably for Eternal Life with the Father.

What was, before Christ, a hope for an eternal conclusion to be achieved, became a lively hope by His Work having endured even unto the death of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. The difference between the saints before His death and the saints after His death is determined: We now have retention of the Spirit which was not possible to the saints before Christ:

 

Ecclesiastes 8

8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

 

Therefore, we see the difference was in retention of the Holy Spirit. He previously rested upon the saints. Now, He permanently, perpetually, and eternally resides in the saints. Thus, when the saint dies, he is immediately, absent of the body and present with the LORD. Of course, it is now for all those who have died in Christ, before and after His death, to be now present with the LORD and awaiting the remainder of the redemption of the glorified body. …and so shall we ever be with the LORD! Amen.

 

1 Thessalonians 4

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

 

 

John 14

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

 

            a. Jesus Christ is the Comforter

           

John 14

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

 

 

            b. The Father is the Comforter

 

1 John 3

24 And he that keepeth His [The Father] commandments dwelleth in him, and He [The Father] in him. And hereby we know that He [The Father] abideth in us, by the Spirit which He [The Father] hath given us.

 

1 John 4

13 Hereby know we that we dwell in Him [God], and He [God] in us, because He [God] hath given us of His [God] Spirit.

 

Matthew 10

 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

 

 E. Creator of all things

 

Genesis 1

 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

Genesis 1

 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

 

Mark 10

 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

 

Genesis 2

 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all His work which God created and made.

 

 

Isaiah 40

 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD [JEHOVAH], the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding.

 

Isaiah 42

 5 Thus saith God the LORD [JEHOVAH], He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

 

Isaiah 45

 18 For thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH] that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD [JEHOVAH]; and there is none else.

 

Malachi 2

 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

 

Isaiah 45

 5 I am the LORD [JEHOVAH], and there is none else, there is no God beside [except] me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside [except] me. I am the LORD [JEHOVAH], and there is none else.

 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD [JEHOVAH] do all these things.

 

Isaiah 45

11 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

 

Jeremiah 27

5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

 

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.

 

Nehemiah 9

 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD [JEHOVAH] alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

 

Isaiah 44

 24 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], thy Redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD [JEHOVAH] that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

 

 

Isaiah 45

 18 For thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH] that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD [JEHOVAH]; and there is none else.

 

   1. Jesus Christ is God and Creator

 

Ephesians 3

 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 

Colossians 1 

15 [Christ] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16 For by Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:

Created – NT:2936 ‎kti/zw ‎ktizo (ktid'-zo); probably akin to NT:2932 (through the idea of proprietor-ship of the manufacturer); to fabricate, i.e. found (form originally):        KJV - create, Creator, make.

17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

Consist – NT:4921 ‎sunista/w ‎sunistao (soon-is-tah'-o); or (strengthened) sunistano (soon-is-tan'- o); or sunistemi (soon-is'-tay-mee); from NT:4862 and NT:2476 (including its collat. forms); to set together, i.e. (by implication) to introduce (favorably), or (figuratively) to exhibit; intransitively, to stand near, or (figuratively) to constitute:
KJV - approve, commend, consist, make, stand (with).

 

Revelation 4

 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 

John 1

1 In the beginning was [existed] the Word, and the Word was [existed] with [toward] God, and the Word was [existed] God.

With – NT:4314 ‎pro/$ ‎pros (pros); a strengthened form of NT:4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. toward (with the genitive case the side of, i.e. pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, i.e. near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. whither or for which it is predicated):
KJV - about, according to against, among, at, because of, before, between, ([where-]) by, for, X at thy house, in, for intent, nigh unto, of, which pertain to, that, to (the end that), X together, to ([you]) -ward, unto, with (-in). In comparison it denotes essentially the same applications, namely, motion towards, accession to, or nearness at.

 

 

John 1

2 The same was in the beginning with [toward] God.

 

John 1

3 All things were made [genomai ~ caused to be] by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

 

John 1

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

 

Colossians 1

16 For by Him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:

17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

 

Ephesians 3

 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ [THE WORD OF GOD]:

 

 

 F. Our Father

 

Genesis 28

 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

 

1 Chronicles 29

 10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.

 

Isaiah 64

 8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

 

John 6

 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
 

John 6

 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father.
 

John 8

 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that He is your God:

 

 

1 Corinthians 8

 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.

 

Philippians 2

 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.

 

2 Corinthians 11

 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

 

2 Peter 1

 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Malachi 2

 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

 

Matthew 23

 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

 

John 8

 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to Him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

 

1 Corinthians 8

 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.

 

Ephesians 2

 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

 

    1. Jesus Christ is God our Father

 

John 10

 30 I and my Father are one.

 

1 John 5

 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

John 14

8 Philip saith unto Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the Words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the Works.

 

1 Corinthians 1

 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [even] from the LORD Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1

 2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and [even] from the LORD Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1

 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [even] from the LORD Jesus Christ.
 

Philippians 1

 2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [even] from the LORD Jesus Christ.

 

Colossians 1

 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and [even] the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Thessalonians 1

 1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Thessalonians 1

 1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ:

 

2 Thessalonians 1

 2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ.

 

2 Thessalonians 2

 16 Now our LORD Jesus Christ Himself, and [even] God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

hath - Greek Participle, Masculine, Singular, Nominative

2 Thessalonians 2

17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good Word and Work.

 

Isaiah referring to the baby that would be born of a virgin writes in the Spirit:

 

Isaiah 9

  6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
 

 G. Our Saviour

           

Isaiah 43

 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

 

Isaiah 43

 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside [except] me there is no Saviour.

 

Isaiah 45

 15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

 

Isaiah 45

 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside [except] me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside [except] me.

 

Isaiah 49

 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

 

Isaiah 60

 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

 

Isaiah 63

 8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

 

Hosea 13

 4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside [except] me.

 

 

   1. Jesus Christ is God our Saviour

 

Luke 1

 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

 

Luke 2

 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

 

 

John 4

 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

 

Acts 13

22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

23 Of this man's seed hath God according to His promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

 

Philippians 3

 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ:

 

1 Timothy 1

 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and [even] LORD Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

 

1 Timothy 4

 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially [most particularly] of those that believe.

 

2 Timothy 1

 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 

Titus 1

 3 But hath in due times manifested His Word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

 

Titus 2

 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

Titus 3

4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

6 Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

 

1 John 4

 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

 

 

 Jude 1

 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

 

Hebrews 1

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

5 For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to Him [as] a Father, and He shall be to me [as] a Son?

 

2 Peter 1

 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

 H. Our Redeemer

            Eighteen times in the KJV Bible Old Testament, we see the word "Redeemer."

 

Job 19

  25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
 

Psalm 19

 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer.
 

Psalm 78

 35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their Redeemer.
 

Proverbs 23

 11 For their Redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
 

Isaiah 41

 14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], and thy Redeemer , the Holy One of Israel.
 

Isaiah 43

 14 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], your Redeemer , the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
 

 

Isaiah 44

 6 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH] the King of Israel, and [even] his [Israel’s] Redeemer the LORD [JEHOVAH] of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside [except] me there is no God.
 

Isaiah 44

 24 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], thy Redeemer , and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD [JEHOVAH] that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
 

Isaiah 47

 4 As for our Redeemer , the LORD [JEHOVAH] of hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel.
 

Isaiah 48

 17 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD [JEHOVAH] thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
 

Isaiah 49

 7 Thus saith the LORD [JEHOVAH], the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD [JEHOVAH] that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
 

Isaiah 49

 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD [JEHOVAH] am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
 

Isaiah 54

 5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD [JEHOVAH] of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called.
 

Isaiah 54

 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD [JEHOVAH] thy Redeemer.
 

Isaiah 59

 20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD [JEHOVAH]. 
 

Isaiah 60

 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD [JEHOVAH] am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
 

Isaiah 63

 16 Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD [JEHOVAH], art our Father, our Redeemer ; thy name is from everlasting.
 

Jeremiah 50

 34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD [JEHOVAH] of hosts is His name: He shall throughly plead their cause, that He may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

 

             1. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer

 

Galatians 4

4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

 

Titus 2

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

 I. The KING

 

Psalm 47

 7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

 

Psalm 10

 16 The LORD [JEHOVAH] is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

 

 

            1. Jesus Christ is King

 

1 Timothy 6

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our LORD Jesus Christ:

15 Which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate [ruler], the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

 

Luke 23

 38 And a superscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 

John 19

 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 

John 12

 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the LORD.

 

 

 

2 Peter 1

 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Luke 19 …of the LORD Jesus Christ entering Jerusalem

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the LORD: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

 

 

 

II. SCRIPTURES

 A. The Word of God

Revelation 19

 13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.

 

Acts 7

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Oracles – NT:3051 ‎lo/gion ‎logion (log'-ee-on); neuter of NT:3052; an utterance (of God):   KJV - oracle.

 

Matthew 10

 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

 

John 3

 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

 

1 Peter 4

 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 B. God Breathed

2 Timothy 3

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Inspiration of God – NT:2315 ‎qeo/pneusto$ ‎theopneustos (theh-op'-nyoo-stos); from NT:2316 and a presumed derivative of NT:4154; divinely breathed in [God breathed]:     KJV - given by inspiration of God.

 

 

2 Peter 1

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved [driven, lead] by the Holy Ghost [Holy Spirit].

Moved – NT:5342 ‎fe/rw ‎phero (fer'-o); a primary verb (for which other and apparently not cognate ones are used in certain tenses only; namely, oio (oy'-o); and enegko (en-eng'-ko); to "bear" or carry (in a very wide application, literally and figuratively, as follows):
KJV - be, bear, bring (forth), carry, come, + let her drive, be driven, endure, go on, lay, lead, move, reach, rushing, uphold.

 

 C. Testimony of the LORD

John 5

 39 Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me [Jesus Christ].

 

Revelation 1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him [John], to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:

2 Who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he [John] saw.

 

 Revelation 19

 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.

 

John 5

 39 Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 

Psalm 132

 12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.

 

Psalm 19

 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

 

1 Corinthians 1

 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

 

 D. Increases our Faith

Romans 10

 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

 

 

Revelation 21

 5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these Words are true and faithful.

 

 E. Spiritual Discernment

1 Corinthians 2

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

Hebrews 4

 12 For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

1 Corinthians 2

 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

Hebrews 5

 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

 F. Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6

 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:

 

Revelation 2

 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the Sword of my mouth.

 

 

 

III. CREATION

 

 A. God created all things

 

            1. Heaven and Earth

 

Genesis 1

 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

Isaiah 45

 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

 

            2. Mankind

 

Genesis 1

 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
 

Genesis 5

 1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him;

 

 

          3. In six days

           

Exodus 20

 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

 

           

           4. Visible and Invisible

 

Colossians 1

 16 For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:

 

 

            5. Satan

            a. the waster

Isaiah 54

 16 Behold, I have created the smith that a the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

 

b. father of murderers and lies

John 8

 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

          c. tempter

Mark 1

 13 And He [Jesus] was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto Him.

 

1 Corinthians 7

 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

 

          d. fallen from heaven

Luke 10

 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

 

Isaiah 14:12
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

 

         e. called the old serpent, the Devil, Satan

Revelation 12

 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

         f. blinds the those who should not be saved.

2 Corinthians 4

1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

 

Matthew 13

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and a it not, then cometh the wicked one [Satan, Devil], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

 

        g. seeks those he might devour.

1 Peter 5

 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

        h. the waster who destroys.

Isaiah 54

 16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

 

        i. able to transform as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11

 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

   6. Darkness and Evil

 

Isaiah 45

 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

 

   7. All things         

 

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

 

Ephesians 3

 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ [Himself, His Word]:

 

Colossians 1

16 For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:

 

      8. For His Pleasure     

Revelation 4

 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 

           

 

IV. The Fall of Creation

          A. Man      

                        1. Sin entered the world by man

                        Romans 5

 12 Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

 

                        2. Wicked heart

Jeremiah 17

 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?


 

                        3. Condemnation

John 3

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

                        

Romans 5

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one [Adam] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

Ephesians 2

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Air - NT:109 ‎a)h/r ‎aer (ah-ayr'); from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy, to blow); "air" (as naturally circumambient):
KJV - air. Compare NT:5594.
Spirit - NT:4151 ‎pneu=ma ‎pneuma (pnyoo'-mah); from NT:4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:
KJV - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare NT:5590.

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature [natural production] the children of wrath, even as others.

 

 Romans 3

 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

 

                        4. Ordained

Jude 1

 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained [written previously] to this condemnation [decision], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Corinthians 5

4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

 

Romans 3

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

 

Romans 3

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

          B. Worlds

Romans 8
 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 

 

 

V. Salvation

          A. Of the LORD

Exodus 15

 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt Him.
 

Psalm 37

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.

 

Psalm 62

 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
 

Psalm 118

 14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
 

Psalm 119

 155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
 

Isaiah 12

 2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.
 

Jonah 2

 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
 

B. Word of God

Ephesians 6

 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:

 

1 Thessalonians 5

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.


          C. Longsuffering of our LORD

2 Peter 3

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

 

         

 

          D. Mercy

1 Peter 1

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 

Romans 8

 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
 

Titus 3

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

          E. Grace

Ephesians 2

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Acts 15

 11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
 

         F. Faith

1 Peter 1

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

 

          G. Jesus Christ

Matthew 1

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.

 

Acts 4

 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
 

 

Acts 2

 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
 

 

 

VI. Sanctification

            A. By the Spirit of God

                        1. Chosen

2 Thessalonians 2

 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
 

                        2. Foreknowledge

1 Peter 1

 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
 

                        3. In Christ

1 Corinthians 1

 30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption

 

1 Corinthians 6

 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

 

            B. Through the Truth of God

John 17

 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth.

 

 

            C. By the Word of God

Ephesians 5
26 That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

 

 

            D. By the Death of Jesus

Hebrews 13

 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

 

            E. For Ministry and Agreement

                   Romans 15

16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

 

   

           F. For Those who are Called

1 Corinthians 1

 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:

 

          G. For Those who are Washed and Justified

1 Corinthians 6

 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

          H. For Those who are One with Him who Sanctifies

Hebrews 2

 11 For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

 

           I. For Those who are Preserved in Jesus Christ and called

Jude 1

 1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

 

 

           J. Jesus Christ IS Sanctification

1 Corinthians 1

 30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

 

          K. For those Predestinated by God

1 Peter 1

 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

 

          L. For Perpetuity

Hebrews 10

 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

 

 

 

VII. Predestination

            A. Foreknowledge

Romans 8

29 For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

 

 

            B. Chosen

John 15

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you.

 

Romans 9

 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.


Exodus 33

 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
 

Ephesians 1

4 According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

 

1 Peter 1

 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

 

2 Thessalonians 2

13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

.

2 Thessalonians 2

13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

 

           

 

 

            C. From the Foundation

Revelation 17

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

 

 

            D. Created vessels purposefully

Romans 9

21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

22 What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

23 And that He might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory,

24 Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

 

 

            E. By the Will of God (not by the will of man)

John 1

12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Ephesians 1

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.

 

Romans 9

17 For the Scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

18 Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.

 

 

 

VIII. Security of Believers

            A. In the hand of God

John 10

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

 

 

            B. In the love of God

Romans 8

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

            C. In the Spirit of God

Romans 8

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.

 

 

            D. In Christ

2 Corinthians 5

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

 

          E. Eternal Promise of God

Titus 1

 2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

 

Hebrews 9

 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
 

 

1 John 2

 25 And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life.
 

 

 

 

IX. Church

            A. The Church defined

The church is not a new testament phenomenon that emerged after the LORD came to earth. According to Scripture, the church was led by Moses in the wilderness.

 

Acts 7

37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear.

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the Angel which spake to him in the mount

Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Church - NT:1577 ‎e)kklhsi/a ‎ekklesia (ek-klay-see'-ah); from a compound of NT:1537 and a derivative of NT:2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):
KJV - assembly, church.

Oracles - NT:3051 ‎lo/gion ‎logion (log'-ee-on); neuter of NT:3052; an utterance (of God):       KJV - oracle.

 

 

            B. Founded upon the Rock of Revelation

Matthew 16

 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 

Acts 20

 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 

 

            C. Edification of the Body

1 Corinthians 4

 17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

 

1 Corinthians 14

 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

 

 

           

 

 

         D. Administration of the Body

  1. Positions in the church

1 Corinthians 12

 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

 

 

  2. Requirements of Officers

            a. Bishops (Superintendents)

1 Timothy 3

 1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

                     

            b. Deacons (Pastors)

1 Timothy 3

 8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

 

         E. Governing Body

Matthew 18

 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

 

            F. Body of the LORD has Saved

Acts 2

 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

 

           G. Congregation of Redeemed

Psalm 74

 2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

 

Isaiah 62

 12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

 

 

            H. Body of Believers

Acts 14

 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

 23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

 

Acts 16

 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

 

Romans 16

 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

 

Romans 12

 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

 

           

 

 

         I. Autonomous Body

Ephesians 5

 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

 

Colossians 1

 18 And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 

 

         J. New Testament local churches

                        1. Churches were established as numbers increased

Acts 16

 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

           

                        2. Each individual church acknowledged

Romans 16

 16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

 

                        3. Ordination made in the churches

1 Corinthians 7

 17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

 

                        4. Each church is equally sanctioned by God

1 Corinthians 14

 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

 

                        5. Home churches are accepted

1 Corinthians 16

 19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

 

                        6. Care for all churches

2 Corinthians 11

 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

 

                        7. The Brethren follow the churches of God

1 Thessalonians 2

 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

 

                       

 

 

              8. God speaks to all the churches

Revelation 2

 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Revelation 22

 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

                9. Taught by Overseers

Acts 20

 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 

 

 

X. Redemption

         A. Jesus is Redemption

1 Corinthians 1

 30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

 

         B. Justified

Romans 3

 24 Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

         C. Forgiven

Colossians 1

 14 In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

 

         D. Redeemed from the Curse

Galatians 3

 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

 

 

         E. Redeemed from the Earth

Revelation 14

 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four [144000] thousand [saints, remnant], which were redeemed from the earth.

 

         F. Redeemed from among Men

Revelation 14

 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These [saints] were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

 

 

         G. Redeemed by the Death of Christ

Revelation 5

 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us [saints] to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

 

 

         H. Eternal

Hebrews 9

 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

 

 

XI. Reconciliation

         A. Ministry of God

2 Corinthians 5

 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us [saints] the ministry of reconciliation;
 

 

         B. Determination of God

2 Corinthians 5

 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us [saints] the Word of reconciliation.

Reconciliation – NT:2644 ‎katalla/ssw ‎katallasso (kat-al-las'-so); from NT:2596 and NT:236; to change mutually, i.e. (figuratively) to compound a difference:
KJV - reconcile.

 

         C. Forgiveness of God

Hebrews 2

 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

 

Daniel 9

 24 Seventy [70] weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

 

 

 

 

XII. Doctrine

         A. Evidence

2 John 1

 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

 

         B. Profitable

2 Timothy 3

 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

        

         C. Nourishment

1 Timothy 4

 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

 

         D. Attention

1 Timothy 4

 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 

 

         E. Labour

1 Timothy 5

 17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the Word and doctrine.

 

 

         F. Preaching

2 Timothy 4

 2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

 

 

         G. Persuasion

Titus 1

 9 Holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

 

 

XIII. LOVE

         A. Pure

1 John 4

 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

 

         B. Manifested

1 John 4

 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

 

         C. True

1 John 4

 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

         D. Evidence

1 John 3

 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

 

         E. Unifying

1 Peter 3

 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

 

         F. Edifying

Ephesians 4

 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Edifying - NT:3619 ‎oi)kodomh/ ‎oikodome (oy-kod-om-ay'); feminine (abstract) of a compound of NT:3624 and the base of NT:1430; architecture, i.e. (concretely) a structure; figuratively, confirmation: KJV - building, edify (-ication, -ing).

1 Corinthians 8

 1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Charity - NT:26 ‎a)ga/ph ‎agape (ag-ah'-pay); from NT:25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast:
KJV - (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

Edifieth - NT:3618 ‎oi)kodome/w ‎oikodomeo (oy-kod-om-eh'-o); from the same as NT:3619; to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm:   KJV - (be in) build (-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden.

 

 

XIV. Commissioned

A. Preach

Matthew 24

 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

Romans 10

 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 

B. Study

2 Timothy 2

  15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

 

C. Teach

Acts 28

  31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

Matthew 28

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.