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CHRISTIAN BELIEFS 3
 

GOSPEL
The gospel is the message preached by Jesus Christ and His church about the history of Jesus Christ and the future coming Kingdom of God to be established by Jesus Christ, the restoration of Godís government on earth, and how mankind can enter that kingdom and government. It includes the message of what Jesus Christ has done in the past, is doing now, and shall do. Ultimately, it is the message of the entire Old and New Testaments. The primary purpose and commission of Godís church is to "Go ye therefore, and teach [make desciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Matthew 3:2; Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47

RESURRECTIONS
The hope of all mankind and the promise to the Christian is that they will be resurrected from the dead. The Bible refers to four resurrections. (1) the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn of God and man from the dead to become the pioneer of our salvation; (2) the resurrection of the saints at the return of Jesus Christ when the true believers shall become spirit-composed members of Godís family. This is called the "first resurrection" (3) the resurrection of all who have ever died without having understood Godís way, back to physical life for their first opportunity for salvation; (4) the resurrection of those who have refused to repent and have rejected Godís way and are called the incorrigibly wicked, to be consumed in the lake of fire. This is called the "second death".
John 5:28-29; Acts 2:32; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 15:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 20:4-6, 13-14

JUDGEMENT
The time of a personís judgement is the time of his opportunity for salvation. That begins from when a person is called by God until his death changed into spirits upon Jesus Christís return. The overwhelming majority shall qualify for Godís Kingdom and will inherit eternal life, but those who deliberately reject Godís way shall suffer the second death and be consumed in the lake of fire.
Matthew 13:49-50; Matthew 25:34; I Peter 4:17; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 21:8

LAW OF GOD
The law of God is a perfect expression of Godís love toward man. It is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects Godís character and love. Godís law teaches mankind how to perfectly worship God, how to love his fellowman, how to live an abundant life, and how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life as a full member of the family of God. The law of God is taught in both the Old and New Testaments. It requires both physical actions and spiritual convictions.
John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; I John 5:2-3

BIBLICAL COVENANTS
Both the Old and New Testaments record that God made certain specific "contracts" or promises called "covenants" with mankind. These covenants define the terms of Godís relationship with individuals and groups in various circumstances and eras throughout mankindís history. The best known covenants were made with the physical nation of Israel. That covenant was re-established as the New Covenant with "better promises" and will be fully confirmed with spiritual Israel after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes Godís law even more relevant by expanding it to include oneís mental attitude and spiritual intent. It also applies to the New Testament church from the time of the original apostles.
Matthew 5:21-22; II Timothy 3:15-16; Hebrews 8:6-13

 

 

 
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