Christian Creed: Primary Truths
CHRISTIAN CREED: PRIMARY TRUTHS
The Strength of Christianity is in the totality of the body. When we as the body of Jesus Christ move and pray together as a unit, it is much more powerful and impacting than what can be accomplished as individuals, or smaller divisions. The Church divided struggles to find the strength and ability needed to war against the onslaught of evil that is and will be present in the world until the Day of Judgment.
The purpose of the Christian Creed of Primary Truths is to promote unity in the body of Christ by strengthening the focus and support of Primary Truths that all Christendom should agree upon. These Truths encourage every member to have the maturity to accept that others in the body may have different interpretations of scripture, but are unified in these Primary Truths, in the overall effort to strengthen the body of Christ as a whole for the impact of the King and kingdom of Christ in our world.
For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. - 1Co 12:12, 24
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. - Ep 4:15, 16
As a Christian I believe in these Primary Truths:
There is only One supreme God in all of the universe and no other. He is the creator of all of the Heavens and the Earth. This God exists and manifests as the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and has created humanity in his image. The Godhead is Trinity but One, for there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshiped. There is no God before him and none after. He is Alpha and Omega; the beginning, the end, and the eternal.
(Ge 1:1-3,26; 26:24; De 6:4; 33:27; Is 40:28; 45:5,6,18,21,22; 46:9; Mt 12:28; 28:19; Jn 1:1; 4:24; 8:56-58; 14:9,26; 10:30; 15:26; 17:3,5; Ro 14:11; 2Co 13:14; Ph 2:10,11; 2Ti 1:9; He 1:6-8; 1Jn 5:7; Re 1:8; 21:6; 22:13)
PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ came from heaven and is God in the flesh. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. The judgment of the world was placed on him and He is the pre-existing, foreordained savior of every soul who will receive him. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life and his Holy Blood is the only atonement for the sin of humanity. For this reason he is the only doorway into heaven, the only way to be joined with God. He is the Truth, the Life, and the Way. He is the judge of all, the light of the world, and the brightness of God’s glory. He was beaten, abused, crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell, on the third day he was physically and spiritually resurrected from the dead and conquered death, hell, and the grave. He ascended into heaven, and is rejoined with God the Father, seated at his right hand, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. In the Day of Judgment he will separate spirits (angels / demons) and the souls of all mankind based on the lambs book of life. He is the only salvation of God almighty.
(Is 7:14; 9:6; Mt 1:23; 13:37-42; 25:31-46; Jn 1:1,34; 3:16-18; 5:21-23; 8:12,56-58; 10:7,9,11,30; 11:25; 14:6,7,9; 17:5; 20:31; Ac 2:22-27,31; 4:12,33; 10:42; 17:31; Ro 1:4; 2:16; 5:6,8-10; 1Co 3:11; 15:55-57; 2Co 5:21; Ga 1:3-4; Ep 4:10; Ph 2:10,11; Col 1:15; 2:9; 1Ti 3:16; 6:13-16; He 1:2,3; 4:14,15; 5:9; 7:27; 1Pe 1:2,3,19; 2:21-24; 2Pe 1:1; 1Jn 2:23; Re 1:5,8,18; 17:14; 19:16)
PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the proceeding moving force and power of God almighty. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Christ. He is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. The Holy Spirit spoke through the Law, Prophets, and the Gospels. God as the Holy Spirit came upon and overshadowed the Virgin Mary and Fathered the Lord Jesus Christ. He descended from Heaven and engulfed Christ at his baptism and is the power and leader of every ministry of God. He is the comforter and teacher of the saints. He is the Spirit of Truth. His presence and manifestations testify of the Lord Jesus Christ. He reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the guide into all truth, and the giver of gifts for the working of Ministry. He cultivates his fruit in the lives of Christians. He fills and indwells Christians by way of the cleansing blood of Christ, first at Pentecost, and now forevermore. The Holy Spirit seals the Christian believer until the day of redemption.
(Ge 1:2; Is 32:15; 59:21; Eze 39:29; Joel 2:28; Zec 4:6; Mt 3:11; 12:28; Lu 4:1; 11:13; Jn 4:24; 14:20,26; 15:26; 16:7-15; 14:17; 17:23; Ac 1:8; 2:4,38; 4:8,31; 13:52; Ro 8:9,11,26; Ga 2:20; Ep 4:30; 5:18; 1Co 3:16;12:3-13; 2Co 3:6; 1Pe 3:18; 2Pe 1:21; 1Jn 2:27; 3:24)
The word Gospel means to “announce and declare the good news”. The Good News that the Gospel announces is the Love of God for every soul. God showed his Love for humanity by coming into the world as Jesus Christ to pay for the sins of everyone who will receive him. The wages of sin is death everlasting, the absence of God’s goodness throughout eternity. But Praise God, the Gospel declares that Christ has removed these wages, paid for sin with his own blood, and all may freely receive Gods gift of salvation. The magnificence of the Gospel is its equal availability for all mankind. Anyone, anywhere, may freely come and partake of the gift of Christ’s salvation, be forgiven of their sins forevermore, and receive eternal life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the absolute greatest news humanity has ever received, could ever receive, and will ever receive. The Gospel is the everlasting message from God to all of humanity that Jesus Christ was crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected on the third day, and that no other payment will ever be required to receive absolute pardon, forgiveness, and fellowship with God Almighty. God has extending this free gift of eternal life instead of damnation to anyone who will simply receive it. The Gospel is the greatest of all messages and the epitome of eternal hope, life, and promise.
(Mt 20:28; 24:14; Mk 10:29,30; 13:10; 16:15; Lu 19:10; 24:47; Jn 1:12; 3:3,15-17; 6:35; 10:10,28-30; 11:25,26; 17:3; 20:31; Ac 2:21; 10:43; 16:31; 20:24; Ro 1:16; 5:1,2,8,21; 6:23; 10:9,13,15; Ga 1:4; Ep 2:4-9; 5:2; 1Ti 1:15; Tit 1:2; 2:14; 3:7; 1 Jn 2:25; 3:16; 5:1,11-13; Re 1:5; 3:20; 14:6)
The term salvation means deliverance, preservation from evil, and redemption. This term is mentioned many times in the word of God, and tells us that we have a fundamental need for a savior.
In the beginning God created a perfect and holy universe (yet with free will). In the garden of Eden God explained the consequences of sin were death. There was war in heaven when Lucifer and his alliance rebelled. They were thrown down to earth, deceived mankind, and ultimately await everlasting destruction. The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God. God is trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Humanity was created in the image of God so likewise we are trinity: Soul, body, and spirit. On the day that Humanity (Adam) sinned, death entered into the human race. Spiritual death occurred immediately when man’s spirit was separated from God’s Spirit. As a result of this separation, the soul (mind, will, emotions or individualism) was left vulnerable and became flooded with fear and evil. Ultimately the body eventually died also. From that day forward all of Adam’s descendants (humanity) were born in this weakened, fallen state. This is why we die. (Ro 5:12)
Salvation is Gods perfect plan to redeem mankind from this fallen state. Jesus said “except a person be born again, they can not even see the kingdom of God” (Jn 3:3). When an individual is “born again” the separation from God is removed and the individual is again joined to the Spirit of God. Because sin occurred in the body or fleshly realm, this is where God had to mend the breach. Only Christ conquered this Realm by living a perfect and sinless life. God displayed his acceptance of Christ Sacrifice when he was raised from the dead. The Bible explains that Christ was made sin (judged on our behalf) so we could be made the righteousness of God. This is why the perfect blood of Jesus Christ is the only solution. An individual must accept the blood of Christ, in order for the Holy Spirit of God to again fellowship with the temple of our body. His blood alone makes us clean and available for the Spirit of God. There is no other way than the holy, perfect, Blood of Jesus Christ.
When we are born again our spirit is saved, our mind, will, and emotions are being saved by the renewal of his presence and comforting word. Our body will be saved in the day of resurrection. It is a total salvation; spirit, soul, and body. When all is completed the Bible tells us that there will be a new heaven, and a new earth, where King Jesus will rule from the New Jerusalem. And all of Gods children will live with him forever and ever. And the glory of God will cover the earth. There will be no more dying, no more sickness and no more pain of any kind for those in his Kingdom. (Re. 21:4) God is restoring his creation and all who want to be restored with it. Amen!
The Bible tells us that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. If you have never asked the Lord Jesus to save you from your sin, do that today. Simply say a prayer of faith like the example below, with a true and open heart, and you will be SAVED. God Bless you.
Prayer of Salvation
“Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the son of God. I believe that you died on the cross and paid the price for my sins. Lord, I ask you to save me right now and walk with me through the rest of my life and all of eternity. Thank you Jesus I now confess you as the Lord and Savior of my life. Amen.”
(Ge 1:26; 2:17; 3:24; Ps 37:39; Is 14:12-15; 40:5; Hab 2:14; Mt 13:41-43; 19:29; Mk 16:16; Lu 1:67,77; 10:19; Jn 1:12,13; 3:3,16,36; 4:10; 8:36; 10:9; 17:3; Ac 2:21,24; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30,31; 28:2; Ro 1:16; 3:22-24; 5:8,9,12,18; 6:9,23; 8:23; 10:8-10,13; 2Co 5:21; Ep 2:4-9; Col 2:14; 1Th 5:9; Tit 2:11; 3:4-7; He 9:27,28; 1Pe 3:18; 2Pe 3:9; 1Jn 5:11-13; Jude 1:6; Re 3:20; 21:1-7)
Christians are those who have accepted the sacrifice and atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; the Disciples of Christ. The atonement of Christ’s Blood gives Christians the power to become the sons and daughters of God and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Christians are the heirs of God through Christ, joint-heirs with Christ, and the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ through his blood. Through the blood of Christ, Christians receive forgiveness, salvation and eternal life. Christians have access to the authority and benefits of the kingdom of Heaven through faith in Christ and the power of prayer.
The characteristics of the Christian are not condemning, yet not apologetic for the truth of Christ, the righteousness of God, and the natural order of God’s creation. To honor creation is to recognize and oppose uncleanness, perversions, and manipulations of God’s natural order. Christians purpose to Love God and serve him in the opportunities and callings he makes available for the advancement of the Kingdom. Christians are to Love one another, Love “thy neighbor as thy self”, encourage their brothers and sisters in Christ, and share the good news of the gospel of Christ with the world. Christians are the children of light and must shine as lights of hope, help, love, and righteousness, in the world. Any person can become a Christian through true faith in Jesus Christ. It is the unearned, gracious gift of God.
(Ps 91:14,15; Mt 5:14; 16:19; Mk 9:23; 11:24; 12:30,31; 16:15-18; Lu 11:9, 17:6; Jn 1:12; 3:14-18; 6:35,68; 12:46; 14:12,20; 15:7; 17:23; Ac 1:8; 4:12; 13:47; Ro 1:16,20-32; 6:23; 8:14,15,17,28,29; 12:1; 1Co 3:11; 6:19; 2Co 6:16-18; Ga 2:20; 3:29; 4:4-7; 5:14; Ep 2:8,9,19; 3:17-19; 5:8; Ph 2:15; Col 1:27; 1Th 5:5; 2Ti 1:14; Tit 3:7; He 2:11; 1Pe 4:10; 1Jn 2:27; 3:1-3)
There is only one true Church. The Church does not exist apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is not a building, denomination, or any particular division of Christianity. The Church is the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the collection of every individual who is washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and born of the Holy Spirit. The Church ignites and illuminates as believers join, agree, and/or gather together. The primary ordinances of the Church are: Corporate Prayer, Holy Communion, Baptism, Praise, Worship; and the Ministry of Salvation, Hope, Healing, Righteousness, and Love through Jesus Christ the Lord. The Church proclaims the Kingdom of God, and the Gospel of Christ. The purposes of the Church are: World Evangelism, Contending with Evil, the Perfecting and Edification of the Saints, the Work of the Ministry, helping those with needs, and impacting the world for the Glory of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and Unity. A fundamental focus of the Church is the healing, deliverance, evangelization of the world, and the protection of the innocent by the power of God through the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.
(De 19:10; Ps 47:1; 63:4; 82:3,4; 134:2; Pr 31:8,9; Is 61:1,2; Mt 10:8; 16:18,19; 18:5,6; 21:13; 25:31-36,40; Mk 10:43-45; 16:15; Lu 4:18,19; 9:2; 10:9,19,29-37; 17:2; 24:49; Jn 4:23,24; Ac 1:8; 2:38-47; 4:10-12; 5:42; 10:42; 12:5; 14:23; 17:3; 20:28,35; 7:4; 1Co 1:2,3,23; 2:1,2; 10:16,17; 12:27,28; 2Co 13:4; Ga 1:3-8; Ep 1:17-23; 3:9-21; 4:3-13; 5:23,27,29,30,32; 6:10-18; Col 1:12-20,24; 1Th 1:1,5; 5:15; 1Ti 2:8; 3:15,16; He 2:12; Ja 5:14; 1Pe 4:10; Re 21:2,9)