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Philosophy of Ministry - Part VIII - Statement of Beliefs

Statement of Beliefs

The Bible

The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God,[1] with every word verbally inspired by God[2] and absolutely true in everything it affirms[3]—in  faith, practice, life, and the cosmos (though accommodating the moment or the understanding of the hearers). It was written over approximately 1400 years by God's inspired prophets.[4] It contains everything necessary for life, godliness and salvation[5] for all mankind.[6] God has written it so that His people might keep it [7] and observe it fully and precisely[8] and thus it is fully authoritative over every person’s life. [9] We are not to question the Word of God, as Satan did,[10] but rather we are to accept every word because to refuse the Word of God is the refuse God Himself. [11]


God

There is only one God[12]—the eternal,[13] invisible[14] creator[15], perfect in all His ways[16] consisting of three distinct persons[17]: the Father,[18] the Son,[19] and the Holy Spirit.[20] Each member of the Trinity is co-equal, co-eternal, yet functioning according to different roles. God is omniscient knowing all things that were, are, will be and could be.[21] God is omnipotent, omnipresent,[22] never changing,[23] never losing power.[24] God is merciful,[25] compassionate,[26] loving,[27] and forgiving.[28] God is also holy,[29] righteous,[30] and has wrath towards those who sin.[31] And it is in Him that we live, move, and exist. [32]

 

Jesus

Jesus is God,[33] the Second Person of the Trinity.[34] Being the essence, God, He has all the attributes of God that make God, God. He is the exact representation of God,[35] the Logos,[36] and our omniscient[37] Creator.[38] He was conceived of the Holy Spirit,[39] became flesh,[40] was born of the Virgin Mary,[41] and was both fully man[42] and fully God.[43] Jesus was sent by the Father[44] specifically to reveal the Father[45] and to restore man's relationship to God[46] as the Messiah,[47] the Savior,[48] to be a propitiation for our sins.[49] He lived a sinless life[50] and died[51] on a cross for humanity’s sins.[52] He is the only way of salvation.[53] After He died, He was buried,[54] but three days later[55] was raised bodily,[56] seen by many,[57] dwelt with the disciples for forty days,[58] and visibly ascended to heaven[59] where He sat at the right hand of the Father[60] and currently shares all authority, glory, and power[61] with the Him.[62]


Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.[63] He has been sent by the Father[64] and the Son[65] to instruct men in God’s Word,[66] to convict the world of sin,[67] to teach,[68] to testify about Christ,[69] to comfort,[70] and to guide. The Holy Spirit is God’s present means of working in His people.[71] Upon regeneration all believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit and placed into the body of Christ. [72] There is no second baptism of the Spirit although believers can be filled by the Spirit through their obedience.[73] The Holy Spirit gives gifts[74] to each believer to serve the body of Christ,[75] although the revelatory gifts and confirmatory gifts have ceased.[76]


Mankind

Mankind is a creature created by God in His image, [77] and given life by Him.[78] Adam and Eve were real humans first created on the sixth day of creation[79] to dwell in perfection in the Garden of Eden.[80] However, they willfully sinned against God[81] and incurred the curse.[82] All subsequent descendants have inherited condemnation[83] and a sin nature.[84] Sin is lawlessness[85] which has caused all[86] people separation from God.[87] The wages of sin is death.[88] The old nature of man includes being spiritually dead,[89] unable to discern the work of God,[90] and in slavery to sin.[91] Because all men have sinned, they all deserve punishment for their sins in hell.[92] Man, in his sinful state, is utterly unable to know God or be reconciled to Him.[93] Yet God has seen fit to foreordain[94] the election[95] of some men to praise Him throughout eternity.[96]


Salvation

God has foreordained some people for salvation[97] based only upon His goodness and will and not because of anything that we had done or would do.[98] Salvation begins with the foreordination of God, but God’s people first begin to experience salvation when they are regenerated. Regeneration is the transformation of a person’s spirit from death to life so that his intellect[99], will, and emotions[100] now obey the Lord. Salvation is a gift of God because of His grace[101] that results in regeneration[102] by Him[103] through the washing and renewal[104] of the Holy Spirit[105] manifested as faith in Christ.[106] Those who are saved are sealed,[107] are indwelt by the Holy Spirit,[108] and are promised[109] that they are heirs[110] of eternal life. [111] In his spiritually dead state[112], man does not seek after God. Hence there are no true "seekers" [113] because all men are unable to come to God unless God draws them to Himself. [114] Once a person become regenerated, the old man is fully crucified [115] and he has been given a new nature.[116] An order of salvation is presented as following these phases: 1) God predestined some for salvation[117], 2) God called those who were predestined[118], 3) God regenerated those whom He called, 4) God granted those who are regenerated to have fruit evidenced in belief and repentance[119], 5) God justified them on the basis of their faith, 6) God sanctifies them by obedience, and finally 7) God glorifies them upon entering into heaven.


Election, Atonement and Perseverance of the Saints

The basis of salvation is upon the perfect atoning blood of Christ[120] which was shed for all humanity[121] and has propitiated God.[122] Yet some people[123] have been especially[124] called by God to be redeemed,[125] justified,[126] forgiven,[127] and cleansed from sin.[128] This saved believer is progressively[129] sanctified by God[130] through the work of the Holy Spirit[131] as the believer faithfully obeys the Lord.[132] Although perfect sanctification will not occur in this life[133] and the believer awaits[134] being sanctified by Christ,[135] the true believer will persevere[136] until the end.[137]

 

Church

The church the body of Christ[138] made up of individual[139] believers[140] in the Lord Jesus Christ,[141] who have been made alive by the Holy Spirit.[142] Although separate from Israel,[143] the church is a partial participator[144] in the New Covenant[145] yet to be fully realized[146] until the time of the Gentiles is over.[147] The church exists as God's servants[148] to testify[149] of the Gospel, make disciples of Christ,[150] and be God’s pillar which supports Truth in the world.[151] It is to be built up in Christ for the purpose of walking in the good works which God has prepared beforehand.[152] Christ has instituted two ordinances to be observed by the church until His return: believer's[153] baptism[154] by immersion[155] and the Lord's Supper.[156]


Satan

Satan is a fallen angelic being[157] who will one day be shut in and sealed in the abyss,[158] and await eternal punishment in the lake of fire.[159] Although he has already been judged, [160] he is currently active in the world as the prince of the air over the world[161] often manifesting himself as an angel of light—hence he and his forces are behind many modern movements which appear "good" to the world but are contrary to the express purposes of God.[162] He blinds the minds of men,[163] takes advantage of sinful weaknesses of a person,[164] entices people to believe false doctrines,[165] accuses believers,[166] and attempts to hinder the work of God's servants.[167] Although he is not at all omnipresent, [168] his demonic servants are numerous[169] and work according to his own evil schemes,[170] although some have already been bound and await judgment in pits of darkness.[171] Yet Satan has already been rendered powerless by the death of the Lord[172] for the believer who has been given authority[173] over Satan—not to "rebuke" Satan but to rather resist him by submitting to God[174] through the justifying blood of Christ.[175] Modern day manifestations of demonic activity include psychic fortune-telling,[176] some forms of mental illnesses,[177] and witchcraft[178] and magic.[179]


Last Things

On a day[180] or hour[181] not known, Jesus Christ will seal up the church age with His bodily return from the sky together with His holy ones, gather the elect[182] and establish His literal, 1000 year reign.[183] After the millennial reign, the Lord will usher in the New Jerusalem[184] where all the elect will dwell with Christ[185] forever in eternal praise and worship of the Lord.[186] Those whose names are written in the book of life will dwell in heaven, those who do not believe in Christ will dwell eternally in hell. [187] Just as the future blessings are blissful and conscious, likewise the future punishment will be miserable and also conscious.[188]

 

 

 


[1] 1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heart from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what is really is, the word of God."

[2] 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate for every good work."

[3] Psalm 119:160 "The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever."

[4] 2 Peter 1:21 "For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."

[5] 2 Timothy 3:15 "…and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

[6] Romans 16:26 "but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandments of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith."

[7] Jeremiah 11:4 “…Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”

[8] Deuteronomy 5:32-33 “So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left. You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you…”

[9] Psalm 119:4 “You have ordained your precepts, that we should keep them diligently.”

[10] Genesis 3:1-4 “Now the serpent…said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” Verse 4: “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die!’”

[11] Hebrews 12:25 “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.”

[12] Deut 6:4 "The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!"

[13] Ps 90:2 "from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."

[14] John 1:18 "No one has seen God at any time."

[15] Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!"

[16] Deut 32:4 "He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He."

[17] Matt 29:19, "…baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 2 Cor 13:14 "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." Gal 4:6 "Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying "Abba! Father!"; Luke 3:22 "and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."

[18] Rom 8:15 "you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

[19]John 20:31 "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God."

[20] John 14:26 "the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…"

[21] Ps 147:5 “Great is our LORD and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”

[22] Jeremiah 23:24 “‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord, ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.”

[23] Mal 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change.”

[24] Isaiah 40:28 “The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.”

[25] 2 Corinthians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort."

[26] Ex 34:6 “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.”

[27] 1 John 4:8 “God is love.”

[28] Ps 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive.”

[29] Lev 19:2 “I am holy.”

[30] Ps 145:17 “The Lord is righteous in all His ways.”

[31] Rom 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

[32] Acts 17:28 "for in Him we live and move and exist."

[33] Titus 2:13 "Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ."

[34] As exemplified in 1 Corinthians 1:21-22 "Now He who establishes us with you is Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee."

[35] Heb 1:3 "And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature."

[36] John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

[37] John 16:30 and 21:17: “You know all things.” Colossians 2:3 “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

[38] John 1:3 "All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being."

[39] Matthew 1:20 "…for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit."

[40] John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.”

[41] Matt 1:24-25 “…and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth.”

[42] Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God...”

[43] Col 2:9 "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form."

[44] John 12:45 "He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me."

[45] 1 John 5:20 "the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true."

[46] 1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God."

[47] Acts 2:36 "God has made Him both Lord and Christ."

[48] Titus 2:13 "…looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus."

[49] 1 John 2:2 “and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins”

[50] 1 Peter 2:22 “who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth.”

[51] John 19:33 “…coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”

[52] Rom 4:25 “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions...”

[53] John 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."

[54] Matt 27:59-60 “And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb.”

[55] 1 Cor 15:4 “…and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day.”

[56] John 21:13-15 "Jesus came and took bread…This was the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead. So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said…"

[57] 1 Cor 15:5-6 “…and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve, after that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren…”

[58] Acts 1:3 “…appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.”

[59] Luke 24:51 “While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.”

[60] Heb 10:12 “But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.”

[61] Ephesians 1:20-22 "…when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet."

[62] 1 Peter 3:22 “Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.”

[63] Acts 5:3-4 "But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…You have not lied to men but to God."

[64] John 14:16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever."

[65] John 16:7 "for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you."

[66] John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth..."

[67] John 16:8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment."

[68] John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things,  and bring to remembrance all that I said to you."

[69] John 15:26 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me."

[70] Acts 9:31 "…going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit."

[71] 1 Cor 3:16 "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you."

[72] 1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…"

[73] Ephesians 5:18 "Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit…"

[74] 1 Corinthians 12:7 "But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."

[75] 1 Peter 4:10 "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another…"

[76] 1 Corinthians 13:8 "…but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge it will be done away…"

[77] Genesis 1:27 "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them."

[78] Genesis 2:7 "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

[79] Genesis 1:26, 31 "Then God said, "Let us make man in Our image…And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."

[80] Genesis 1:8 "The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed."

[81] Genesis 3:6 "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her and he ate."

[82] Ephesians 2:3 "Among them we too all formerly lived…and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest."

[83] Romans 5:12 "…death spread to all men…" vs 18 "…through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men."

[84] Romans 3:9-18 "…both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, 'There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside…there is no fear of God before their eyes."

[85] 1 John 3:4 "Sin is lawlessness."

[86] Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."

[87] Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God."

[88] Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is death."

[89] Ephesians 2:1 "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins."

[90] Romans 8:7 "because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so."

[91] John 8:34 "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave to sin." 2 Peter 2:19 "promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved."

[92] Isaiah 3:11 "Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, for what he deserves will be done to him." 1 Corinthians 6:9 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?"

[93] Romans 5:6 "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:10 "For it while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

[94] Romans 8:29 "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…"

[95] 1 Thessalonians 1:4 "…knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God."

[96] Ephesians 1:6 "to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the beloved."

[97] 2 Thessalonians 2:13 "God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation."

[98] Ephesians 1:4-6 "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will…which He freely bestowed on us."

[99] 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things…”

[100] 2 Thessalonians 3:5 “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.”

[101] Ephesians 2:8 "…it is the gift of God."

[102] 2 Corinthians 5:17 "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come."

[103] Ephesians 2:4-5 "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ."

[104] Titus 3:5 "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal by the Holy Spirit."

[105] John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life."

[106] Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith."

[107] Ephesians 1:13 "you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise."

[108] Romans 8:11 "But is the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your morals bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."

[109] Ephesians 1:14 The Holy Spirit "is given as a pledge of our inheritance."

[110] Titus 3:7 "so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

[111] John 10:28 "I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand."

[112] Ephesians 2:1 “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins…”

[113] Romans 3:11 "There is none who seeks for God."

[114] John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him."

[115] Romans 6:6 “our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.”

[116] Ephesians 4:24 “put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

[117] Ephesians 1:5 “He predestined us to adoption as sons…”

[118] Romans 8:30 “…and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified, and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

[119] 2 Timothy 2:25 “…if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth…”

[120] 1 Peter 1:18-19 "you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb, unblemished and spotless, the blood of Chirst."

[121] 1 Timothy 2:5-6 "For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all."

[122] 1 John 2:2 "and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world."

[123] Romans 8:30 "these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified."

[124] 1 Timothy 4:10 "…the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers."

[125] Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood."

[126] Romans 5:9 "having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

[127] Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses."

[128] 1 John 1:7 "and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin."

[129] 2 Peter 1:5-7 "Now for this reason also, applying all diligence, in our faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love."

[130] Philippians 2:13 "For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."

[131] 1 Peter 1:2 "…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of he Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood…" Romans 8:13 "…by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body…"

[132] Heb 5:9 "And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation."

[133] 1 John 1:10 "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us."

[134] Philippians 1:6 "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."

[135] Philippians 3:20-21 "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory."

[136] Hebrews 3:14 "For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end."

[137] Hebrews 6:11 "And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end."

[138] Ephesians 1:22-23 "And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."

[139] 1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it."

[140] John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life."

[141] John 3:7 "You must be born again."

[142] John 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

[143] Romans 11:2 "God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew." Romans 11:28 "From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved."

[144] 1 Corinthians 11:25 "In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood." 2 Corinthians 3:6 "…who has made us adequate as servants of a new covenant…"

[145] Jeremiah 31:31 "'Behold the days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah."

[146] Hebrews 8:13 "When He said, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear."

[147] Romans 11:25 "a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in."

[148] 2 Cor 3:5-6 "…our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant."

[149] John 15:27 "And you will testify also, because you have been with me from the beginning."

[150] Matt 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you."

[151] 1 Timothy 3:15 “…the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

[152] Ephesians 2:20 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."

[153] Acts 8:36-37 "the eunuch said, 'Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?' And Philip said, 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.'

[154] Matt 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."

[155] Romans 6:3 "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death."

[156] Luke 22:19 "Do this in remembrance of Me."

[157] Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him."

[158] Revelation 20:3 "And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years."

[159] Revelation 20:10 "And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."

[160] John 16:11 "the ruler of this world has been judged."

[161] 1 John 5:19 "the whole world lies in the power of the evil one."

[162] 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 "No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds."

[163] 2 Corinthians 4:4 "the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ."

[164] 1 Corinthians 7:5 "…so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self control."

[165] 1 Timothy 4:1 "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons."

[166] Revelation 12:10 "…for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night."

[167] 1 Thessalonians 2:18 "For we wanted to come to you—I Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us."

[168] Luke 22:31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

[169] Revelation 12:4 "And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth."

[170] Ephesians 6:10 "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil."

[171] 2 Peter 2:4 "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to the pits of darkness, reserved for judgment."

[172] Hebrews 2:14 "…that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil."

[173] Luke 10:19 "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you."

[174] James 4:7 "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

[175] Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the world of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death."

[176] Acts 16:16 "It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling."

[177] Luke 8:27 "And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs."

[178] Deuteronomy 18:10 "There shall not be found among you anyone who …practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord…"

[179] Revelation 13:11-13 "Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth…He performs great signs…and deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform."

[180] Matthew 24:42 "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming."

[181] Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”

[182] Matthew 24:30-31 "…and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other."

[183] Revelation 20:4 "…and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years."

[184] Revelation 21:1 "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…"

[185] Revelation 21:7 "He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son."

[186] Revelation 21:3 "Behold the tabernacle of God is with men…"

[187] Revelation 20:15 "And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."

[188] Matthew 25:46 "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Russ Brewer

Russ Brewer

Rescued from the domain of darkness, transferred to the kingdom of the Son. Undershepherd of Grace. Husband of Corinne. Father of three. Chew-toy to Zeke...

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