The Bible is the inspired Word of God, giving a true history of the creation of heaven, earth and humanity and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth and the destiny of humanity. Moreover, there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages.
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), in the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (Indwelling Spirit).
* THE FATHER
God is a Spirit (John 4:24), He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the father of all humanity by creation. He is the first and the last, and besides Him there is no God (Isaiah 44:6). There was no God formed before Him; neither shall there be any after Him (Isaiah 43:10).
* THE SON
Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Roman 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16): the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17): God with us (Matthew 1:23): God made flesh (John 1:1-14): God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16): He which was, which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8): the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my father are one" (John 10:30). It took shedding of blood for the remission of the sins of the world (Hebrews 9:22), but God the Father was a spirit and had no blood to shed. Thus He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Hebrews 10:5) and came to earth as a man in order to save us, for in Isaiah 43:11 He said, "Beside me there is no Saviour." When He came in the flesh the angels sang, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).
*THE HOLY GHOST
The Holy Ghost the Spirit of God (the Creator), the Spirit of the resurrected Christ, The Holy Ghost comes to dwell in the hearts and lives of everyone who believes and obeys the gospel, as the comforter, sustainer and keeper (John 14:16-26: Romans 8:9-11).
Sin is the transgression of the law. or commandments of God (I John 3:4). The guilt of sin has fallen upon all humanity from Adam until now (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.
Salvation consist of delieverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consist of repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, after which the Christian is to live a godly life (Acts 2:36-41).
* WATER BAPTISM
Water baptism is an essential part of the New Testament salvation and not merely a symbolic ritual. It is part of entering into the Kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ), and therefore, it is not merely a part of local church membership. (John 3:5: Galations 3:27).
Water baptism is to be administered only by immersion. Paul said, "We are buried with Him (Jesus Christ) by baptism (Romans 6:4); Colossians 2:12, Jesus came up "out of the water" (Mark 1:10), and Phillip and the eunuch went down "into the water" and came "out of the water" ) Acts 8:38-39) . Jesus' death burial, and resurrection are applied to our lives when we experience New Testament salvation: "Repent (death to sin) and be baptized every one in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (See acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7, 8-2).
The name in which baptism is administered is vitally important, and this name is Jesus. Jesus last command to His disciples was "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son , and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). The Apostles understood that Jesus was the name to use at baptism, and from the day that the church of God was established (The Day of Pentecost) until the end of thier ministry, they baptized all nations (Jews-- Acts 8:16: Gentiles-- Acts 19-5) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only name given for our salvation. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given amoung men, whereby we must ne saved" (Acts 4:12)
* BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3-5). This spiritual baptism is necessary to put someone into the Kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ) and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God give utterance. It was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), purchased by the blood of Jesus, and promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26: 15:16) The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the day of Pentecost upon the Jews (acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (acts 8:17), later upon the Gentiles (acts 10;44-46: 19-6). "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39).
Speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utternace is the manifestation God has given as the difinite, indisputable, supernatural witness or sign of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4:10:46:19-6) It was prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah as the rest and the refreshing (Isaiah 28:11-12), foretold by Jesus as a sign that would follow believers of the Gospel (Mark 16:17), and experienced by Jews and Gentiles alike.
The gift of "divers kinds of tongues." mentioned by Paul in I Corithians 12: 1-12 and concerning which he gave regulations in I Corithians 14: 1-40, is given by both for self-edification (I Corithians 14:4) and for edification of the church (I Corinthians 14:27-28). In the Church meetings the gift of tongues is used to give a public message, and it is to be interpreted. Since this gift can be misused in public, it needs proper regulation (I Corinthians 14:23-28). Not all believers exercise the gift of tongues, which is different in function from tongues given by God as the intial witness of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Paul said. "Forbid not to speak with tongues" ( I Corinthians 14:39) and "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all" ( I Corinthians 14:8). Who dares to teach of preach contrary?
Speaking in tongues means speaking miraculously in a language unknown to the speaker, as the Spirit gives utternace. Tongues can be classified in two ways, according to function: (1) speaking in other tongues as the intial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (2) the gift of tongues as mentioned in I Corinthians.
After we are saved from sin, we are commanded, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly inthsi present world (Titus 2:12) and warned that without holiness no one shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We must present ourselves as holy unto God (Romans 12:1) cleanse oursleves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7:11), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4). If the righteous scarecely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (I Peter 4:18). No one can live a holy life by his own power, but only through the Holy Spirit. "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8).
God has made Himself known through the ages by miraculous healings and has made special provisions in the age of grace to heal all who come to Him in faith and obedience. Divine healing was purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ, especially by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; I Peter 2:24). Jesus went everywhere healing those who were sick (Matthew 4:23-24), and He commanded His disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:8). He said concerning those who believe the gospel. "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18). Mighty healings and miracles followed the disciples wherever the gospel was preached. " Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed". (James 5:14-16)
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The signs of His coming is everywhere. The days of peril are here indeed, with forms of godliness void of power of God; society and politics corrupted; and peoples hearts are filled with pride, blasphemies, love of evil and love of pleasures ( II Timothy 3:1-13). These things together with multitudes running to and fro, the increase of knowledge (Daniel 12:4), the persecution of the Jews and their return to Palestine (Luke 21:24), and scores of other things are starting signs that Jesus' coming is drawing near. Wars, rumor of wars, famines, earthquakes , storms, floods, distress of nations, perplexity and other people's hearts failing them for fear are sounding the solemn alarm that Jesus is at hand (Matthew 24:6; Luke 21:25-28) "Prepare to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12).
There will be a resurrection of all the dead, both just and unjust. "Marvel not this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life: and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damantion" (John 5:28-29). "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God... and the sea gave up the dead which were in them" (Revelation 20:12-13) also Daniel 12:2: I corinthians 15:13-23).
"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). For this reason there will be a resurrection for everyone. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it is good or bad" ( II Corinthians 5:10). The eternal destiny of every soul shall be determined by a just God who knows the secrets of everyone's heart. "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world... Then shall he also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; byt the righteous into life eternal" (Matthew 25: 32-34, 41-16).