What I Believe

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Statement of Faith

God — There is one true God and exists as a trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are one in essence, co-eternal, co-equal, and do all things in perfect unity. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present. He is the creator and Ruler of the universe. As Sovereign God, He is moving all things according to a grand plan for His people and for the world.

In the Trinity of God, there is one will and one authority and one center of consciousness, for the Three are one in essence. Therefore, I believe the idea of ESS (Eternal Subordination of the Son) is a serious error. I believe it’s a false understanding of the Trinity. The authority that was “given” to Jesus (Matt 28:18), was given to Him in His humanity, but something He shared with the Father and Holy Spirit throughout eternity. Further, this authority could not have been given to Jesus in His humanity if He didn’t have it in eternity. That alone invalidates ESS. Nothing could be given to the Son in eternity when God has existed throughout eternity as a Trinity, and with all authority as God.

 

The Bible — The Holy Scriptures consist of both Old and New Testaments. They are the God-breathed, inspired word of God written by men of God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pe 1:20-21). Thus they are without error in the original manuscripts. The NT was given specifically to His people in Christ under the New Covenant, which provides revelation about the Christain faith and instruction for living our lives as followers of Christ. The NT is the fulfillment of the OT, and provides light and interpretation for the OT. 

 

Spiritual Condition of Humanity — God created humanity in His image. Adam and Eve were without sin and in perfect fellowship with God. However, they disobeyed God. When they sinned – being tempted by Satan – fellowship was broken and became spiritually dead and separated from God (Eph 2:1-5). This was passed along to the rest of humanity (Ro 5:12-21). We are sinners by nature and by choice. Fellowship with God can only be restored through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, providing forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

 

God the Son [our salvation] — The Lord Jesus Christ left His throne in Glory and entered the human race via the virgin Mary. Fully man, fully God. He came to provide “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7 – NKJV). He created the human race knowing that He would one day become one of us, and that He would have to suffer and die on the cross for our sins. That’s a kind of love that we can’t comprehend. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles to confirm that He was sent from God, perfectly fulfilling the will of His Father. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, and then ascended back into Heaven, where He sits on His throne next to His Father. It was the Righteous for the unrighteous, paying the price for our sins that we owe, doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves (1 Peter 3:18). It’s only through Christ and the shedding of His blood that we can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. This is obtained through faith in Him – apart from works – by receiving Him as our Lord and Savior.

 

God the Holy Spirit — The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ (Jn 16:14). He convicts the world of sin. Regenerates (new birth) the believing sinner. In Him we are baptized into the body of Christ (His Church), in union with Christ (1 Cor 12:13). He indwells, teaches, guides, and empowers us to grow in our relationship with God in the life of faithfulness that we’re called to.

 

Atonement & Election — Armininan in my theology.

Atonement for all. I believe Christ died for all and salvation is available to all.

I believe the Bible teaches corporate election. God chose to raise up a people unto Himself in Christ, and via Christ, before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4). They are God’s elect people. We become members of God’s elect people when we place our faith in Christ, and thus, we are born again as a spiritual people, as the New Israel of the New Covenant (1 Pe 2:4-10). We are likewise, transferred into the Kingdom of Christ at that time (Col 1:13). We are not elected to be in that union of God’s people. We are elect by association with Christ, that is, because we are in Christ.

Just as God chose Israel as His people, so did He choose His redeemed spiritual people in Christ. Just as the nation of Israel has their beginning in Abraham, so do we have our beginning in Christ. Just as people were born physically into the nation of Israel as part of that elect people, so are we born again spiritually into the New Israel as part of that elect people (via faith). Just as the people of Israel were born as elect by virtue of their union with Abraham (via Isaac and Jacob), so are we born again as elect by virtue of our union with Christ. It’s our new birth in Christ that brings us into our election as members of the corporate people of God.

 

The Church — The Church consists of all regenerated believers in Christ (throughout history), of which He is Head. The Church is universal, but manifested and carried out in the form of local assemblies.

Non-dispensational. The Church is the New Israel of the New Covenant in Christ. Ethnic, national Israel has it’s total fulfillment in Christ and His Church as a spiritual nation, as a spiritual people. The true, redemptive offspring of Abraham are spiritual offspring (Ro 9:6-8; Ro 4:16-18), which are all who are in Christ. Jesus fulfilled all the covenant promises to Israel (Gal 3:16,19,28-29). He is, thus, True Israel Himself and we are spiritual Israel in Him as a corporate body. God’s plan for the nation of Israel is now complete in Christ and His Church.

 

Eternal Security — We are eternally secure in Christ. We have died with Christ and have been raised to new life in Him. We have entered into His death and resurrection, and He has “seated us with Him in the heavenly places.” That is our position in Christ (Eph 2:5-6; Col 2:12-13; Col 3:1-3; Ro 6:2-11). Therefore, if Jesus is “never going to die again” (Ro 6:9), then neither can we ever die again.

 

Eschatology (Prophecy) — Jesus will return bodily with “great power and glory” to judge the world (Mark 13:26; Rev 1:7; 19:11-16) and to receive His own via the resurrection. At that time both saved and unsaved will be resurrected — “those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” (Jn 5:28-29). The “rapture” of the saved who are alive at the time of Christ’s return, occurs at the time of the resurrection; they are not separate events. The unsaved will go into everlasting punishment (Matt 25:46; Rev 20:11-15), and the saved will be ushered into the eternal kingdom of the “new heaven and new earth” (Rev 21:1-2). There is no earthly millennial kingdom between the return of Christ and our eternal state. The Kingdom of Christ is spiritual (Col 1:13), which is His Church. Thus, His kingdom is now and He reigns over His kingdom now. The Kingdom of Christ continues eternally. The land promises to Israel are fulfilled in the “new heaven and new earth” of the Eternal Kingdom (Rev 21 & 22). That’s what was always in view (He 11:10-16; He 12:22-23; He 13:14; Rev 3:12; Rev 21:2).

 

Miracle Gifts of the Spirit (Situational Cotinuationist) — I’m fundamentally a cessationist. I believe the miracle gifts ceased with the completion of the NT Scriptures and the establishment of the Church under the leadership of the Apostles. However, there are times and places where Christianity is outlawed and where Bibles are scarce. We see this in many countries today. I believe those situations are much like what we had in the early years of the Church. I believe in such situations, God may, and I believe does, use those gifts as He sees fit, according to the need. This is why I refer to my position as “situational continuationism.”

A full explanation of my position can be found in my “Expanded Statement of Faith” (below) and in my series on the gifts of the Spirit, beginning with “Foundational Truths:”  Gifts Series – [Foundational Truths]

 

Expanded Statement of Faith  — You may read about this here.

 

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