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I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is Godís revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is an active participant in the creation that He has made and has provided mankind with a free will to choose believing God or not. God is the definer of all truth and the determiner of the ultimate destiny of His creation.
God manifested in the flesh and dwelt among us as Jesus of Nazareth, identifying Himself as the Son of God. John 1:1-18. Therefore, Jesus is God. John 17:23; 2 Peter 1:1,2; Titus 2:11-14
Man was created to be indwelt by God to be functional as God intended. God is able to accomplish this through the expression of Himself by His Holy Spirit indwelling His creation. Adam and Eve rejected God, and God withdrew Himself, effectively removing His Spirit from within them, so that they died spiritually. Everyone who has been born from Adam and Eve are then born spiritually dead, not having the life of God within them. Everyone is therefore born in a condition that demonstrates what it is like not to have God.
Salvation involves solving the problem of humanity. The problem with humanity is that we are born into this world spiritually dead, and we need to be resurrected from the dead by receiving the life of God that had been lost in Adam. Jesus solved this problem by dying for our sins and then offered to us the free gift of life. The life that is offered to us will never leave because there is now no sin that can cause spiritual death. Therefore, the life of salvation is an eternal or everlasting life.
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