Of The True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God (Deut. 6:4), an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of the entire universe–of heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1; Job 9:6-10; Psalms 83:18); that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love (Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:8, 11); that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons (II Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19)–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

  • God The Father –
    • We believe that God the Father is the eternal (Psalms 90:2), omnipotent (Matt. 19:26), omniscient, and omnipresent (Psalms 146:5; 139:7-10) Spirit (John 4:24),
    • the source and fountainhead of all life and reality, from whom emanated all things (Neh. 9:6; Job 9:8,9; 26:7, 13; 28:4-7)
    • and before whom all things must finally be resolved (I Cor. 15:24-28);
    • that His existence, being revealed objectively both in the material universe (Psalm 19:1; Rom. 1:19, 20) and in the Scriptures and subjectively to all men (Titus 2:11) through the Holy Spirit, is therefore the most thoroughly attested fact confronting men.
  • God The Son –
    • We believe that God visited man (Luke 1:68-70; John 1:14; I Tim. 3:16; I John 4:2,3) in the incarnate person of the Lord Jesus Christ;
    • that Christ was miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:31, 35) and born of Mary, a virgin (Luke 1:27, 34; 2:7; Matt. 1:18-21), as spoken by the prophet (Isa. 7:14; 9:6);
    • that He is eternally pre-existent (John 8:58, 17:5) deity (Heb. 1:8), co-equal with the Father (Phil. 2:6) and active in creation (Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 1:10);
    • that He, nevertheless, condescended to suffer death as a man (Heb. 2:9, 17), at the hands of man (Acts 2:23), and for the sins of man (I Cor. 15:3);
    • that He, who was Himself sinless (II Cor. 5:21), rose literally and bodily from death (Luke 24:6, 34, 39);
    • that His resurrection was attested at first by numerous eye-witnesses (Acts 2:32; 3:15; I Cor. 15:4-8) and is now confirmed objectively by the Scriptures and by history and subjectively by the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32) in the conversion experience of innumerable believers.
    • The Lord Jesus Christ is thus God’s perfect revelation, final appeal, and ultimate confirmation of Himself as man (Heb. 1:1-3).
  • God The Holy Spirit –
    • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person (II Cor. 3:17), equal with, and of the same nature as God the Father and God the Son (Acts 5:3,4; I Peter 1:2);
    • that He was active in the creation (Gen. 1:1-3);
    • that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled;
    • that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness (John 16:8-11);
    • that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony (John 16:13);
    • and that He sesals, endues, guides, teaches, assures, sanctifies, and helps the believer (John 14:16, 17; 16:31; Acts 5:32; Rom. 8:16; Eph. 1:13, 14).
  • Related References:

      Gen. 17:1; Ex. 5:11; 20:2,3; Psalms 90:1,2; 145:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Mark 12:30; John 10:30; 15:26; 17:5; Acts 5:3,4;  Rom. 11:33; I cor. 8:6; Heb. 1:1-3, 8.