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Statement of Faith - 3

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Posted Feb 20, 2006 at 6:58:16 AM
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This is 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 (continuation) [b]SHEDDING OF BLOOD IDENTIFIES GOD[/b] [u][i][b]We believe that.....[/b][/i][/u]. 1. Jesus Christ offered His life to fulfill God’s Testament of salvation (Revelation 7:10). 2. there is only ONE GOD and this is the FATHER (1 Corinthians 8:6a) Who said there is no other Savior but Him alone (Isaiah 43:11). 3. the Testament or Covenant of Salvation can only be fulfilled by the death of the maker or testator (Hebrew 9:16). 4. for the Father God to fulfill His Testament, He had to manifest Himself in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV). 5. this plan of God was fulfilled in Jesus Christ Who was prophesied to be called Emmanuel that means "God with us" (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). 6. God, the Father-Testator, and Jesus Christ are one (John 10:30), for the death of the Son fulfilled the Testament or Covenant of Salvation of the Father. 7. in the Testament, the Father Testator promised Himself to be the Inheritance (Ezekiel 44:28) to the priests which was also revealed to Aaron (Numbers 18:20) and to David (Psalms 16:5). 8. the priests are the real believers, the LOST SHEEP FOUND BY THE SHEPHERD as revealed to John (Revelation 1:6) and to Peter (1 Peter 2:5) 9. God, the Father-Testator, a frightening Inheritance, had to take the amiable-sensible features of a dove (John 7:39, Ephesians 4:30) in order to be acceptable to the spiritual beneficiaries. 10. the promised Inheritance in the Testament of Salvation was realized when the beneficiaries, the LOST SHEEP, or the priests received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-5). 11. just as Jesus Christ, the model, spoke in the spiritual language of God, better known as parables; so do the LOST SHEEP after receiving the INHERITANCE, or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:16). 12. this annals of spiritual salvation was foreshadowed in the Old Testament when God required His chosen people to offer the blood of animals (Exodus 12:5-7). 13. there is only One Lord and this is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 8:6b) 14. Christ is true to His words when He said, "Behold, I will always be with you till the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20), for Jesus Christ is the only "Lord is that Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:17). 15. Jesus Christ has already come for He is the Father in the flesh and He is the Holy Spirit as Inheritance. What we are waiting for is His appearance (Hebrew 9:28). 16. "Emmanuel" or "God with us" is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 17. God had not yet given His name in the Old Testament (Isaiah 52:6). 18. the name of God was to be revealed to the LOST SHEEP in: Matthew 28:19 (KJV) "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" With the Holy Spirit as Teacher, the Apostles did not repeat the command, but executed it by baptizing the real believers in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:48,19:5). 19. true recognition of Jesus Christ cannot be realized with "flesh and blood" or human capability to comprehend spiritual things, for His true identity identifies God. God’s words which are expressed in parables are too illogical, irrational, and unrealistic to point to just "One Lord and one God." Examples > Let us make man in our image (Genesis 1:26)." Read with: Mark 4:11-12 >"Let us go down (Genesis 11:7)." Read with: Matthew 13:11-15 >"The Son sitting (Hebrew 12:2) / standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55)." Read with: Exodus 15:6, Luke 22:69, Colossians 2:9, Isaiah 9:6 >"The Father, Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ at His baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). Read with: Matthew 16:16-17, 18:3, 11:25, and Mark 12:29 >The Father speaking, "This is my beloved Son in whom I well pleased," / >The Son speaking, "Father forgiven them for they not what they do," / Jesus speaking, "My Father and your Father, and my God and your God" (John 20:17). Read with: John 14:6, Roman 8:29, 1 Peter 2:21 >Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11). Read with: Matthew 28:20, Acts 2:1-4, Hebrew 9:28. 20. this is the message of being "converted into a little child": one who cannot think, cannot reason out, and totally helpless, that God’s "hands" are free to work as He did to the Prophets and apostles (Matthew 18:3). 21. in spiritual liberty: 2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Liberty could not have referred to socio-political freedom, but freedom from human precepts and religious traditions. "CHRIST CAME NOT TO DESTROY THE LAW." Examples: [i][b]We believe that ..... [/b][/i] 22. Jesus Christ, as model showing the Way, did not destroy the law on Sabbath. He fulfilled it with His "spiritual language" and not with the literal-physical language of man. If Sabbath to man is rest for the body, spiritual Sabbath is rest or peace for the soul (Matthew 11:28-30). Thus, just as the man caught gathering woods on Sabbath was killed (Numbers 15:32-36), so is any man found without spiritual rest or peace will suffer the "second death" (Revelation 2:11). Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Without Christ there is no salvation (Acts 4:12). 23. Jesus Christ, as model showing the Way, preached and followed the law on Tithes and Offering spiritually, and not literally-physically. Jesus Christ lived from the fruit of His hands working as a carpenter: >>Mark 6:3 (KJV) "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?…" Following His example, Paul likewise followed it spiritually. He worked as a tent maker (Act 18:3), living from the fruits of his hands. Acts 20:33 (KJV) ‘I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me." How could the Law on Tithes be followed literally-physically when it requires the offerors to "eat" the things offered: >>Deuteronomy 14:22 (KJV) "Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always." Plus many more laws which were preached and followed by Jesus Christ, the "chief corner stone," and His apostles who are the "foundation" of truth. THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS We believe Jesus Christ gave the general principle of salvation in the Two Great Commandments. The PREREQUISITE is "The first (foremost) of all the commandments" cited by Christ, "The Lord our God is one Lord." >>Mark 12:28-31 (KJV) "And one of the scribes came, and …asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God…this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. We believe, "Israel" here refers to the Chosen people of God (Galatians 2:29). We believe "The first of all the commandments" is TO KNOW, and not just believe in, the "One Lord and one God." Recognition of God can only be realized by being "converted into a little child" or having "poor in spirit." We believe the proper sequence to the whole Law of God is: First, KNOW GOD, Second, LOVE God, Third, LOVE thy neighbour as thyself We believe that LOVE OF GOD is "love for His words" because "The Word was God" (John 1:1), and "Jesus Christ is the Word of God." (Revelation 19:13). Therefore, to KNOW God follows clear understanding of His words. We believe "love thy neighbour as thyself " is expressed in the "spiritual language" of God as demonstrated by CHRIST, the "chief corner stone," and the prophets and apostles, the "foundation" who followed His Way. Thus, Mat 25:35-36 (KJV) "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." Jeremiah received the revelation that the word of God is the spiritual bread (Jeremiah 15:16). Jesus Christ rebuked Satan in the desert for thinking only of literal bread (Matthew 4:4) Spiritual water refers to the Holy Spirit according to our Lord (John 7:37-39) and to the words that give eternal life (John 4:10-14, Ephesians 5:26). Taking a "stranger" in is actually to welcome a LOST SHEEP in the household of God (Ephesians 2:19). Our Lord spoke of "nakedness" in Revelation 3:17 (KJV) "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" Spiritual nakedness is covered by the "garment of salvation" and "robe of righteousness" (Isaiah 61:10). David desired the healing of his soul (Psalms 41:4), not the body. Jesus Christ opened the eyes of the man born blind and recognized Him. Those who were "not blind did not recognize Him " (John 9:38-41). We believe the miracles of our Lord are spiritual in nature. We believe falsehood and deception are the spiritual prison. We believe "Love thy neighbour as thyself " is sharing the Truth to the "poor in spirit", so that God will harvest souls instead of the corruptible body of men. http://www.purechristianity.org
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