Statement of Faith

Nature of God

God is the eternal One, the first cause, Creator of all. He is self-existent, righteous, good and never-failing. His perfection extends to every attribute and without limitation. By right as Creator He is sovereign over all things. The world and all life on it are His to do with as He wishes (e.g. Deut. 10:14, “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it”). God exists as One indivisible essence (e.g Deut. 6:4, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!”). Within the Godhead are three persons: the Father (the First Person), Son (the Second Person) and Holy Spirit (the Third Person). Each is equal to the other yet functionally exercises His own unique office.

Examples: Creator–Gen. 1:1ff; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 146:6; Pr. 22:2; Acts 17:24-26; Rev. 4:11; God is One–Deut. 32:39; I Chron. 17:20; Isa. 45:5,14,18; Matt. 19:17; I Cor. 8:4; Jas. 2:19; Triune–Gen. 1:26; 11:7; Ps. 33:4,6; 45:6,7; Prov. 8:12-31; Isa. 6:8; 48:16; Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I Pet. 1:2; No Bounds or Limits–I Kings 8:27; Acts 17:24-28; Unchanging–Mal. 3:6; Jas. 1:17; Timeless–Gen. 21:33; Ps. 90:2; Isa. 41:4 cf. Jn. 1:1; Holy–Lev. 11:44a; Josh. 24:19; Ps. 99:3; Isa. 40:25; John 17:11; I Pet. 1:15; Omnipotence–Ex. 6:3; II Cor. 6:18; Rev. 1:8; 19:6; Omnipresence–Ps. 139:7-10; Omniscience–Ps. 139:16; 147:4,5; Acts 15:18; Sovereignty–Ex. 15:18; Deut. 10:14; Ps. 135:6; Matt. 6:10,13; Eph. 1:11; Rev. 4:11; Righteous–Ps. 11:7; 19:9; Jer. 9:24; Dan. 9:7,14; Acts 17:31; Truthfulness–Num. 23:19; Ps. 117:2; Rom. 3:4; II Tim. 2:13; Heb. 6:18; Tit. 1:2; Love–Deut. 10:15,18; Ps. 63:3; Rom. 5:5; Eph. 2:4-8; I John 4:8,16,19; Never Failing–Ps. 18:30; 33:4; Isa. 14:24; 55:11; Lam. 3:23; Father (First Person)–Eph. 4:6; Son (Second Person)–Jn. 1:14,18; 3:16,18; I Jn. 4:9; Holy Spirit (Third Person)–Jn. 15:16; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6

The Father

The Father is the first person of the Trinity, equal in glory, honour and power to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He is the architect of creation and the source of all life. The Father represents the council of the Trinity (e.g. Eph. 4:6, “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all”). His righteousness is the standard by which all are judged. All sin is primarily a violation against Him. He is the originator of the plan of redemption (e.g. Eph. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will”). The Father sent Jesus, His true Son, at the appropriate time to make atonement for sin, providing the way for salvation. All those who believe in Jesus are adopted as the Father’s children, and He cares for them and hears their prayers.

Examples: Creator–Job 38:4-7; Mal. 2:10; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:14,15; Heb. 12:9; Jas. 1:17; Planner of Redemption–Ps. 2:7-8; Jn. 6:37,38; 17:4-7; Isa. 53:10; Job 38:4-7; Mal. 2:10; I Pet. 1:3; Fatherly Care–Ps. 68:5; 103;13; Prov. 3:12; Isa. 63:16; Jer. 3:22; 31:20; II Cor. 1:3; II Thess. 2:16; I Pet. 1:23; Jesus the Father’s Son–Matt. 6:9; 7:21; Lk. 3:22; Jn. 1:18; 8:42; 20:17

The Son

The Son is the second person of the Trinity, equal in glory, honour and power to the Father and the Holy Spirit. All of creation has been created through Him. He was sent by the Father to be born of the virgin Mary, through a special work of the Holy Spirit. He is perfectly man and perfectly God. He is without sin; perfectly righteous. He accomplished the plan of redemption through His sacrificial and substitutionary death upon a cross (e.g. II Cor. 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”). Through the resurrection He has been exalted and given authority over all of creation (e.g. Philp. 2:9-11, “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”). He now sits at the right hand of God and mediates on behalf of those who are His. At the appointed time He will return to earth to fulfill all that remains of the Father’s plan concerning the judgment of the wicked and the salvation of the saints.

Examples: Creator–Jn. 1:3; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:2,10; Rev. 3:14; Divine–Matt. 1:23; 18:20; 26:63-65; Jn. 8:58; 16:30; 20:28; 21:17; Rom. 9:5; II Thess. 1:12; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:3, 5-8; 13:8; I Jn. 5:20; Man–I Cor. 15:21,47; Rom. 5:15,17; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 2:17; Virgin Birth–Matt. 1:23 cf. Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:26-35; Jn. 1:14; Rom. 1:3; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 2:9,14,16-18; I Jn. 4:2-3; Rev. 22:16; Sinless–Lk. 1:35; Jn. 8:46; II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 9:14; I Pet. 1:19; 2:21-22; 3:18; Atonement–Jn. 8:36; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; Titus 2:14; Heb. 9:28; I Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5; 5:9; Exaltation–Mk. 16:19; I Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:20; Philp. 2:9-11; I Pet. 3:22; Rev. 5:12-13; 19:16; Second Coming–Matt. 16:27-28; 24:26-31; Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:11; 3:20-21; Col. 3:4; I Thess. 1:10; 2:19; 4:15-17; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; Jas. 5:7-9; I Pet. 5:4; I Jn. 2:28; Rev. 1:7; 22:12,20

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, equal in glory, honour and power to the Father and the Son. He was the agent in creation. The Holy Spirit presently gives testimony to Jesus in the world (John 16:8-11, “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged”). He also indwells each believer, testifying that we are God’s children destined for glory (e.g. Rom. 8:16-17, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him”). He equips the church for every ministry by dispensing gifts to each believer as He chooses.

Examples: Agent in Creation–Gen. 1:2; Ps. 33:6; 104:30; Divinity–Ex. 17:2-7 cf. Heb. 3:7-9; Isa. 6:8-10 cf. Acts 28:25-27; 5:3-4; Ps. 139:7-10; Lk. 1:35-37; Jn. 14:26; Heb. 9:14;Indwelling of Believers–Jn. 14:16-17; Rom. 5:5; I Cor. 2:12; II Cor. 5:5; Dispenser of Gifts–Ex. 36:1-4; Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11-13; I Pet. 4:10-11

God’s General Self-Revelation

The creation of the world itself gives testimony to both the existence of God and His attributes (e.g. Rom. 1:20, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse”). This extends to the creation of mankind. Our intricate physical bodies and our complex spiritual consciousness both point to God’s existence and character. The Scriptures plainly teach that both the outward testimony of nature and the inward testimony of our being should be enough to point people to God, and that rejection results in judgment (e.g. Rom. 1:18-19, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them”).

Examples: Revelation Through Created World–Job 12:7-9; 28:23-28; Ps. 19:1-6; 104:1-24; 139:13-18; Acts 14:15-17; 17:28,29; Rom. 1:19-20; 2:14-15; Attributes Revealed Through Creation–His Existence: Acts 17:28; Rom. 1:20; Glory: Ps. 8; 19:1; 93:1-5; Rev. 4:11; Power: Job 37:16,18; Ps. 33:6,7,9; Supremacy: Ps.24:1,2; 89:11; Ecc. 3:11; Divine Nature: Jer. 51:15; Acts 17:24-29; Rom. 1:20; Providential Control: Ps. 119:90-91; Acts 14:15-17; Goodness and Grace: Jer. 27:5; Rom. 3:10,11; Matt. 5:44-45; Intelligence: Pr. 8; Jer. 10:12-16;Revelation Through Creation of Mankind–Gen. 1:27-28; Ps. 139:13-18; Acts 17:28-29; Rom. 2:14-15; Judgment from Rejection–Rom. 1:18-20,25,28; 2:14-15

The Written Word of God

Both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament are inspired by God. This involved the directing of the human authors by the Holy Spirit in such a way that their individuality and character was allowed expression without corrupting or deviating from the pure divinely intended message (e.g. I Pet. 1:20-21, “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God”). The inspiration of the Scriptures extends to every part (plenary) as well as to the very words used by the authors (verbal). They are without error in the original writings (autographs). The copies we have demonstrate that they are faithful to the originals and are therefore both trustworthy and reliable. Since Scripture communicates the truth of God, it serves as the only authority in the establishment of doctrine, the conducting of church ministry and all areas of personal living (e.g. II Tim. 3:16, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…”).

Examples: All Scripture is Inspired–Psalms: Acts 1:16; 4:25; The Prophets: Jer. 30:4; Isa. 8:11; Amos 3:1; Mic. 4:4; Acts 3:18; Jas. 5:10; Gospels: Jn. 14:25-26; 15:26-27; 16:12-15; Revelation: Jn. 16:12-15; Rev. 1:1,2; Paul’s Writings: II Pet. 3:15-16; All of Scripture: II Tim. 3:16; Jesus’ Testimony to Inspiration–Matt. 21:4ff.; Lk. 18:31; Jn. 10:30-39; Mk. 7:1-13; 12:35-37; Lk. 24:25-27,32; 44-47; Verbal Inspiration–Jn. 10:35; Matt. 22:31-32, 44-45; Gal. 3:16

Humanity

Mankind is a special creation of God made in His image. Humanity is therefore set apart from the rest of creation, being given stewardship over it (e.g. Gen. 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”). Mankind’s constitution comprises both physical and spiritual properties. We are moral beings with the capacity of understanding right from wrong, and possess a will capable of making choices. At death, the physical decays while the spirit returns to God to await judgment (e.g. Heb. 9:27, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment”). Following the resurrection, the unbeliever is destined for Hell (eternal separation from God), while the believer will inherit eternal life with Christ.

Examples: Importance of God’s Image in Mankind–Gen. 1:26-28 cf. 9:1-2; Ps. 8:4-8; Zech. 12:1; Rom. 8:18-23; Heb. 2:6-8; Has the Ability to Make Decisions–Prov. 16:32; 25:28; Rom. 6:12; I Cor. 9:25-27; Moral Beings–Isa. 5:20; Acts 23:1; 24:16; I Tim. 1:5; 4:1,2; At Death the Spirit Returns to God–Ecc. 12:7; II Cor. 5:6-8; Philp. 1:22-23; Rev. 6:9;Eternal Destiny of the Unsaved–Matt. 25:41,46; 10:28; Lk. 12:5; II Thess. 1:8,9; Jude 1:7; Rev. 14:10; 20:14-15; 21:8; 22:15; Eternal Destiny of the Saved–Col. 3:4; I Thess. 4:17; II Pet. 1:11; Rev. 2:7; 22:1-5

The Fall

Mankind was originally created good; without sin. Because of the decision of Adam and Eve to reject God’s instructions in the garden, a sinful nature has been passed along to all of mankind (e.g. Rom. 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…”). This sin-nature affects every facet of our being, and each facet to the same extent. Humanity is not positively motivated toward good, or even neutral, but possesses a bent toward evil (e.g. Rom. 3:12, “All have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one”). All of mankind is sinful, and is, therefore, guilty before God. There is no way for people to save themselves. Only through acceptance of Jesus and His substitutionary work on the cross can a person be forgiven.

Examples: Sin Nature Imputed–Rom. 5:12-14; I Cor. 15:21-22; Personal Sins–Rom. 3:10-18 cf. Ps. 14, 53; 7:14-24; I Cor. 3:1-4; Gal. 5:19-21; Jas. 2:4,9; I Jn. 2:4; Bent Toward Sin–Gen. 6:5; Ps. 53:1-3; Isa. 48:8; 64:6-7; Jer. 17:9; Jn. 3:19; Rom. 7:18; Eph. 2:3; 4:17-19; Sin Affects Whole Person–Isa. 57:20-21; Jer. 17:9; Ez. 20:16; Matt. 5:28; Jn. 3:19; Jas. 1:13-15; Rom. 8:7-8; I Cor. 2:14; Eph. 4:18; Titus 1:15; Isa. 30:9; Rom. 6:16; II Pet. 2:18-19; Col. 3:5,7; No Other Way for Salvation–Job 14:14; Matt. 19:25-26; Jn. 8:34-36; 14:6; Rom. 7:14-25

Sin and its Consequences

Sin is primarily directed against God and His character. Sin is, therefore, in essence, godlessness (e.g. I Jn., “Every one who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness”). It is a rebellion against what is good; a substitution of self for God as the ultimate judge of what is right versus wrong. Sin manifests itself in many ways such as in anger, murder, pride, faithlessness, etc. Separation from fellowship with God is the most serious consequence of sin (e.g. Eph. 2:1, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins”). Nature itself was changed by God as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin (e.g. Rom. 8:20-21; “For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God”). The natural consequences (effects) of sin are felt in a variety of ways in this life and often extend beyond the guilty party to others. The ultimate consequence involves eternal separation from God.

Examples: Character of Sin–Rom. 3:23; 5:15-20; Jas. 1:14-15; I Jn. 3:4; I Pet. 2:25; Expressions of Sin–Matt. 5:22-37; 23:1-36; Mk. 11:15-18; Lk. 12:15; Rom. 1:18-31; Gal. 5:19-21; II Pet. 2:14,18-19; Effects of Sin–Matt. 10:28; Rom. 1:24-32; 2:16; Jn. 5:14 (but not always, Jn. 9:3); II Pet. 2:13; Rev. 20:15; Personal Sin Has Effects on Others–Gen. 4:8; Lk. 15:20; 20:46,47; II Cor. 11:23-25; I Thess. 2:2, 14-16; II Thess. 1:6-9; II Tim. 3:12; Rev. 6:9

Principalities and Powers

Satan is a fallen angel of high rank. He is the arch enemy of God. His desire is to destroy all that is God’s and set up his own counterfeit kingdom. In order to do this he works to keep people blinded to the saving work of Jesus (e.g. II Cor. 4:4, “…in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”). While Satan has been given temporary rule over the earth, this in no way negates God’s sovereign rule over all. Satan works within limits laid out by God. There are many other fallen angels (demons) under Satan’s authority and direction who work to undermine the plans of God (e.g. Eph. 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places”). Satan and demons are spirit beings, but are not omnipresent; are powerful, but not omnipotent. The demons, along with Satan, will ultimately be judged by God and cast into the Lake of Fire.

Examples: Satan’s Character–Matt. 13:19,38-39; Jn. 8:44; I Tim. 3:6; Rev. 12:9; Satan’s Rule–Matt. 4:8-9; 12:26; Lk. 11:18; Jn. 12:31; 16:11; II Cor. 4:4; I Jn. 5:19; Satan’s Work–Job 1:6,12; 2:1; Zec. 3:1; Matt. 4:5; I Thess. 3:5; I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:9,10; Under God’s Control— I Sam. 16:14; I Kgs. 22:19-22; Job 1:12; 2:6; Lk. 22:31; II Cor. 12:7; Are Spirit Beings–Matt. 8:16; Lk. 7:21; 8:2; 11:26; Acts 19:12; Ehp. 6:12; Heb. 1:14; Judgment Upon Satan–Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:1-3,7-10; Judgment Upon Demons–Matt. 8:29; 25:41 cf. Lk. 10:17-18; II Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7-9; Satan and Demons are Fallen Angels–Matt. 12:24 cf. Rev. 12:9

God’s Initiative

God is the author of salvation. Humanity is lost in sin and fit only for judgment. But God in His mercy made the way for people to be saved and restored to fellowship with Him. This plan was in place since before the world was created (e.g. II Tim. 1:9-10, “who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…”). The Father’s sending of the Son to die on the cross was the central part of that plan (e.g. Acts 4:27-28, “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Thy holy servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Thy hand and Thy purpose predestined to occur”). For it is through the death and resurrection of Jesus that our freedom is purchased. Salvation is the work of God, not the work of man.

Examples: Inability of Mankind to Save Himself–Ps. 16:2; 144:3-4; Matt. 19:25-26; Rom. 3:10-18; 7:24-25; Eph. 2:1-3; God’s Salvation–I Chron. 16:35; Ps. 3:8; 86:13; 106:8; 121:1-8; Isa. 1:18; Lk. 19:10; Jn. 3:14-17; 6:35-37; I Cor. 1:18; 2:7-8; Gal. 1:4; 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9; I Thess. 5:8-10; II Thess. 2:13-14; Rev. 7:9-10

God’s Plan

God has established only one plan of salvation (e.g. Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved”). The debt of sin to God required a ransom. This debt could only be paid by someone who had no sin of their own. Through Jesus’ voluntary death He became our substitute, bearing our guilt upon Himself (e.g. Rom. 5:9-10, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”). This is the intention of the Father that whoever believes on Jesus should be granted eternal life (e.g. Jn. 6:40, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son, and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day”).

Examples: The Debt Paid by Christ–Isa. 53:1-12; Mk. 10:45; Jn. 3:16; 8:36; Rom. 8:2; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; Titus 2:14; Heb. 9:28; I Pet. 1:18-19; I Jn. 4:10; Rev. 1:5; 5:9; Dept Paid to God–Col. 2:13-15; Heb. 2:14; Rom. 5:8-11; Eph. 5:2; Purpose of Atonement–Rom. 5:10-11; II Cor. 5:18-21; Eph. 2:12-16; Col. 1:20-22; I Pet. 3:18; Jesus’ Voluntary Sacrifice–Jn. 3:16; 10:17-18; 18:11; Philp. 2:8; Rom. 8:38-39; Heb. 7:27; 9:26

Humanity’s Response

While God desires all to be saved it is the responsibility of each person to receive Christ (e.g. II Pet. 3:9, The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance”). Turning to God (conversion) is a work of both the individual and the Holy Spirit. Through the work of the Holy Spirit people are convicted; brought to an understanding of sin, the salvation Jesus provides, and of judgment that comes as a result of rejecting Him (e.g. II Cor. 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ”). Each person is responsible to respond to this conviction through repentance and faith; trusting in Jesus’ perfect work to save, making a conscious decision to turn from a life of sin and follow the ways of Christ (e.g. I Thess. 2:13, “And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the work of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe”). Salvation is then granted by the grace of God.

Examples: God Desires all to be Saved–Gen. 12:3; Ps. 32:1-2; Jn. 3:17; Titus 2:11; I Tim. 2:4; God’s Work in Conversion–Jn. 6:44-45; 16:8-11; Acts 13:47-48; 16:14; Rom. 8:28-29; 2:4-5,10-14; II Cor. 4:4-6; Eph. 2:1ff.; I Thess. 1:5; II Thess. 2:13-14; II Tim. 2:25; Heb. 9:15; The Individual’s Ability and Responsibility in Conversion–Deut. 30:19; Jos. 24:15; I Kgs. 18:21; Matt. 19:27-29; Mk. 4:20; Jn. 1:11-12; 3:16; Acts 13:46; II Cor. 6:1; I Thess. 2:13; Heb. 12:25; Necessity of Faith— Jn. 5:24; 6:28-29; 17:3; Rom. 9:33; 10:11; Eph. 2:8

The New Creation

Upon conversion, the believer is declared righteous (justification), and born anew (regeneration) through the work of the Holy Spirit (e.g. Col. 2:13, “And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions…”). These are instantaneous one time acts of God. Regeneration marks the beginning of that aspect of sanctification which speaks of the Holy Spirit’s continued work in our life bringing us toward maturity. The believer is also sanctified in that our life is made to be spiritual in focus; separated to God. This aspect of sanctification is a single instantaneous act (e.g. Heb. 10:10,14 “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified”). The characteristics of this new life are to be reflections of Christ (e.g. Col. 3:10, “And have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created Him”).

Examples: Regeneration–Titus 3:5; Jn. 5:21; 7:38; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:5; I Pet. 2:2; I Jn. 3:9; Is the Work of the Holy Spirit–Jn. 1:13; 3:3-8; Rom. 8:11; Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13; Jas. 1:18; Effects of the New Life–Rom. 6:14,17-22; I Cor. 2:14-15; II Cor. 4:6; Philp. 2:13; I Jn. 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; Sanctification a One Time Event–Jn. 17:17-19; I Cor. 1:2,30; 6:11; Eph. 5:25-27; Heb. 13:12; Sanctification as a Continued Work–Rom. 12:2; Eph. 3:16-20; Philp. 1:6; Col. 3:9-10; I Thess. 5:23; Titus 2:14; Heb. 2:11; 13:20-21; Justification–Isa. 50:8; 53:11; Jn. 5:24; 6:27; Rom. 4:3: I Cor. 1:30; 6:11; Gal. 2:16; Philp. 3:8-9; Titus 3:7

Christ’s Return

At the return of Christ both the believer and unbeliever will be resurrected. After which the believer will be judged and granted eternal rest with Christ. This victory over death is a triumph of Christ on behalf of those who are His (e.g. I Cor. 15:54, “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory”). The unbeliever will be judged and sent to suffer in the Lake of Fire, which is the second death (e.g. Matt. 25:46, “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life”). Christ will have victory over all His enemies and His reign will go on forever (e.g. Rev. 11:15b, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever”).

Examples: The Resurrection of the Believer–I Cor. 15:12ff.; II Cor. 4:14; 5:1-5; Philp. 3:10-11; I Thess. 4:14,16; The Resurrection of the Unbeliever–Dan. 12:2; Jn. 5:29; Rev. 20:12-15; Christ as Judge–Matt. 25:31-33; Jn. 5:22,27; Acts 10:42; II Cor. 5:10; II Tim. 4:1; Rev. 1:18; Death Defeated–Rom. 5:17; I Cor. 15:26; II Tim. 1:10; Christ’s Victory Over All Enemies And His Enduring Kingdom–Lk. 1:33; I Cor. 15:24-28; Philp. 2:10-11; Heb. 8:11; 10:13; I Pet. 3:22; Jude 14-15; Rev. 17:14