Statement of Faith
This is my personal statement of faith. Feel free to comment as you may help me refine it further.
Jehovah God is one God in three ‘Persons’ (Elohim) [Gen 1:1-2,26; John 1:1-2,14] known as the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ His one and only Son [John 3:16], and the Holy Spirit [John 14:15-16:15]. God is omnipresent (everywhere present), omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), immutable (free from all change) [Psalm 102:27; Heb 13:8; James 1:17], and sovereign over all [Psalm 24:1; Job 41:11; Ex 9:29].
Jesus Christ is the eternal Word, the Logos, made flesh [John 1:1-2,14], conceived by the Holy Spirit coming upon and overshadowing the virgin Mary [Luke 1:26-35], through whom He was subsequently born [Luke 2:1-20; Matt 1:18]. Jesus Christ was and is truly/fully God and truly/fully man [John 5:18; Php 2:6-7], the unique God-man, from the point of the Incarnation (conception) and forward [For more info: "Two natures of Jesus"]. The Word was/is preexistent as part of the Triune Godhead (the Trinity) from ‘the beginning’ [Gen 1:1; John 1:1; 1 John 1:1-3] and He is ‘the Alpha and the Omega’ [Rev 1:8, 21:6, 22:13], the Beginning and the End, sustaining all things [Col 1:17; Heb 1:3]. In His preincarnate state, Jesus Christ made appearances known as Theophanies (or, more specifically, Christophanies) such as the fourth man in the fiery furnace [Dan 3:24-25] and the person with whom Jacob wrestled [Gen 32:22-30].
Salvation unto eternal life is only through Jesus Christ [John 14:6] as a result of His Atoning death on the Cross [John 3:16; Romans 5:8], providing propitiation for the sins of mankind [Isa 53:4-5; 2 Cor 5:21; I Peter 2:24], thereby defeating Satan [Gen 3:15; Php 2:9-11]. Following His death, burial and Resurrection on the third day [Php 2:8; Matt 28:1-7; Luke 24:1-10,46] and His subsequent earthly appearances in His Resurrection body [Luke 24:13-44; Acts 1:3-8], Jesus Christ Ascended [Acts 1:9] to be at the right hand of the Father [Acts 2:33] and now serves as our mediator [Gal 3:19-20; 1 Tim 2:3-6]. Salvation is a free gift of unmerited grace through faith in Jesus Christ [Rom 3:23-24; Eph 2:8-9], initiated by the Father [John 6:37, 44, 65], and evidenced by works of righteousness [James 2:14-26] through the power of the Holy Spirit [Gal 5:22-25; Eph 5:18]. Jesus’ death also fulfilled the Law of Moses [Matt 5:17, Romans 8:1-2]; consequently, Christians are free from this bondage [Gal 3:10-25], though the law is still applicable in the sense that it points out our sin [Rom 7:7-25; James 1:25].
If we believe the aforementioned and acknowledge the fact that we are sinners in need of salvation [Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23], repent of our sins [Luke 13:5; Matt 3:2], and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, we will gain eternal life [Romans 10:9-13], salvation from eternal damnation. At the point of salvation the Holy Spirit indwells every believer [Romans 5:1-2,5] identifying each one as a new creature [2 Cor 5:17], and hence, a disciple, a Christian, or Christ-follower. Christians are a Royal Priesthood [1 Peter 2:9] with the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place [Mark 15:37-38] to petition the Father by prayer [Heb 10:19-22] in the Name of Jesus Christ [John 16:24], i.e., in His character, as revealed through His Word.
The Holy Bible, sacred Scripture, consists of 66 books – 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT – not including what is known as the Apocrypha (or deuterocanonical books, “second canon,” according to the RCC). The Apocrypha, though useful in its own right, is not inspired Scripture. In its original form, the Bible is the Holy Spirit-inspired, God-breathed [2 Tim 3:16], inerrant, and infallible Word of God [Prov 30:5; 2 Peter 1:20-21], complete unto itself. The Bible will never be superseded or supplemented by any other teaching [Prov 30:6], and nothing should be subtracted from it [Deut 4:2; Matt 5:17; Rev 22:18-19]. Its full counsel provides the way to live a complete Christian life [2 Tim 3:16-17].
The Holy Spirit empowers all believers [Romans 8:9-11] to live out the Christian life [Gal 5:22-25]; and, His indwelling is a seal guaranteeing eternal life [2 Cor 1:21-22; Eph 1:13-14] if we stand firm to the end [Matt 24:13]. The Holy Spirit’s presence brings conviction of sin and guides into all Truth [John 14:17; 16:8-11,13], and the Spirit speaks not on His own, only what He hears [John 16:13]. He will testify of and bring glory to Jesus Christ [John 15:26, 16:14], teaching all things [John 14:26]. The Holy Spirit provides spiritual gifts to believers [1 Cor 12:7-11; Romans 12:4-8], disbursed just as He determines [1 Cor 12:11], and He intercedes on our behalf [Romans 8:26-27].
All Christians should have a part in the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations [Matt 28:19; Mark 13:10]. This includes initial conversion through the power of the preaching of the Gospel [Luke 24:47; 1 Cor 15:1-7], followed by instruction to obey the teachings contained in His Word [Matt 28:20; John 8:31-32], in order to foster continuing growth [Heb 6:1; 1 Cor 2:6; Php 3:12-16] and to comfort those going through various trials brought forth by God for our development [Romans 8:26-30; James 1:2-4; Heb 12:5-11].
Jesus Christ will return again [Matt 24:30; 1 Thess 4:16] in the same manner He Ascended [Acts 1:10-11] and gather all Christians, first the dead, then the living [1 Cor 15:51-54; 1 Thess 4:15-17]. Unbelievers/non-disciples will be (remain) separated from God and will forever dwell in the furnace of fire [Matt 13:41-42]/lake of fire [Rev 20:11-15; Dan 12:2], while believers will be in God’s presence in Heaven [Matt 13:43; Dan 12:2-3] for all eternity [John 3:14-16, 4:14, 5:24-25, 6:40, 10:27-28, 17:2; Rev 3:21].