Our Trinitarian God, eternally existent in three Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Our Trinitarian God is revealed in the holy Bible as a Godhead consisting of three persons, an intelligent spiritual and personal Being, Creator Redeemer Preserver and Ruler of the universe. Our God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections.
God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His all humankind. To God we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
The eternal Godhead reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being.
God our loving Heavenly Father, as part of the Trinitarian Godhead, reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures and the ongoing downrush of human history according to the purpose of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. God is specifically the Father of all who become children of God through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone yet He is fatherly in His attitude toward all people.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus, our Trinitarian God took on human flesh. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and fulfilled the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the Law of God by His personal obedience and by shedding His blood via His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin, justifying by faith alone all who believe in Him. Because Jesus perfectly kept the Law on our behalf, we do not need to keep the Law to be saved or to be in right relationship with God.
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead with a glorified physical body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended bodily into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is our One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected full reconciliation between God and humankind who believe in Jesus.
He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.
The Holy Spirit is the fully divine Spirit of God, co-equal with the Father and the Son and as fully divine as our Trinitarian God. He inspired the Scriptures, written by holy men of old. Through illumination He enables us to understand scriptural truth. He exalts Christ as Lord and Savior. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects their regeneration when they willingly receive the gift of God which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
At the moment of regeneration the Holy Spirit baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. Our Trinitarian God is revealed in Salvation. The Father calls us To Christ. The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself redeems us.
The Holy Spirit spiritually baptizes us into the body of Christ and seals us until the day of redemption. This is a spiritual baptism, not a water baptism. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and bestows the spiritual gifts by which Christians are enabled to serve God as part of the body of Christ.
He seals every believer unto the day of final redemption, making it impossible for believers to loose their salvation. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.
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