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Statement of Faith-1

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Posted Feb 16, 2006 at 3:10:51 PM
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A part - by - part written "statement of faith" declaration of the purechristianity website. These are only for us - the true brethren within. STATEMENT OF FAITH * Holy Bible alone for God is represented by His words * God/Jesus Christ speaks in parables * To KNOW precedes LOVE of God * Recognition of God by the blood of Jesus Christ * Salvation through Christ alone * Jesus, the man, showed the Way as model * "Christ the chief corner stone and the prophets and apostles as foundation" is the Way to salvation and spiritual perfection. Faith is a gift of God and a fruit of the Spirit We, the LOST SHEEP FOUND BY THE SHEPHERD, believe that the Holy Bible is the sole authority on matters pertaining to God because it contains His words. Since God is a Spirit, He has to represent Himself with His words in order to communicate and have fellowship with His chosen. [b]We believe that, because God is a Spirit, His words are also "in spirit" better known as parables. [/b] 1. We believe that, because God is the Author of His words, only He, and no one else, can and should explain His words. 2. We believe, "Jesus Christ came not to destroy the law but to fulfill them," not with the explanation of anyone else, but by Christ Himself through the revelation of His words. 3. We believe "God was manifest in the flesh" for two reasons: (1) To fulfill His Testament of salvation, and, (2) To show the Way by example, as model, for no human being is worthy of the role. 4. We believe that, just as "God never change" and "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today," so are His words remain immutable. 5. We believe that, one has to be spiritually "converted into a little child" in order to be endowed with spiritual wisdom. 6. We believe that spiritual knowledge is needed to see the light leading to eternal life. 7. We believe that "God is all in all" in every way on spiritual matters. Recognizing JESUS CHRIST as the "chief corner stone" and the PROPHETS AND APOSTLES as "foundation" of TRUTH (Ephesians 2:20) , we, the LOST SHEEP FOUND BY THE LORD, believe: 8. That, God shows the way in reading the Sacred Scriptures which is distinct from the Natural Manís contextual fashion of understanding the words of God: Isaiah 28:10 (KJV) "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" 9. That, since God is a Spirit, He has to represent Himself with His words in order to communicate with His chosen people. His words are contained in the Holy Bible (2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is the basis for John 1:1 "And the Word was God". 10. That, there is only "One God, the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6a), and only One Lord, Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 8:6b) , and the"Lord is that Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:17). 11. That, the identity of the "One Lord and One God" is a revealed Truth (Isaiah 48:16), for the words for His identification are written in the Holy Bible (Deuteronomy 29:29) . 12. That, Godís chosen people both in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31:35) and New Testament (Hebrew 8:11) clearly recognized Him as it is written. Further proof that God is recognizable by His chosen is Jesus Christís sharp rebuke to the great pretenders who did not know the Father, the God that they were worshipping (John 8:54-55). 13. That, recognition of JESUS CHRIST requires divine revelation as demonstrated by God in Peter (Matthew 16:15-17) who did not recognize our Lord with "flesh and blood" but by the revelation of the Father. This was also revealed to John (John 6:44) and to Paul (1 Corinthians 12:3). Recognition of the Son follows the clear identity of the Father (John 8:19). Recognition of the Father is only by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:27). This is in consonance with the Almighty Godís revelation of Himself to His prophets and chosen people in the Old Testament. God, therefore, is never a mystery to His chosen people both in the Old and New Testament. 14. That, clear recognition of the "One Lord and One God" is a prerequisite to the Two Great Commandments (Mark 12:28-31), as it is with the rest of the commandments in The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-6). 15. That, religious leaders received and heaped biting rebuke from our Lord Jesus Christ in His time for NOT KNOWING the Father (John 8:54-55) because they had not known the Son (John 8:19) "by the revelation of the Father" (Matthew 16:16-17). We believe, this truth has not passed away in our time (Matthew 24:35 [KJV] "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.") 16. That, since JESUS CHRIST is the central figure in the Holy Bible, salvation emanates from His true identity and recognition for it is a basic principle TO KNOW comes before LOVE (Mark 12:29-31, Matthew 7:22-23). 17. That, the identity and recognition of God and Jesus Christ is the key to the clear understanding of His words because "the Word was God" (John 1:1) and "Jesus Christ is the Word of God" (Revelation 19:13). http://www.purechristianity.org
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