Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 2

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
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THE COLLEGE
perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally
existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each
equally deserving worship and obedience.
God the Father.
We teach that God the Father,
the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes
all things according to His own purpose and grace
(Psalm145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the Creator
of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As
the only absolute and omnipotent ruler in the
universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence,
and redemption (Psalm103:19; Romans 11:36). His
fatherhood involves both His designation within
the Trinity and His relationship with mankind.
As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians
4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers
(Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed
for His own glory all things that come to pass
(Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs,
and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles
29:11). In His sovereignty He is neither author
nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13), nor does
He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent
creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen
from eternity past those whom He would have as
His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all
those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon
adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans
8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9).
God the Son.
We teach that Jesus Christ, the
second person of the Trinity, possesses all the
divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal,
consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John
10:30; 14:9).
We teach that God the Father created “the heavens
and the earth and all that is in them” according
to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ,
by whom all things continue in existence and in
operation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews
1:2).
We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming
man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of
deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in
degree or kind. In His incarnation, the eternally
existing second person of the Trinity accepted all
the essential characteristics of humanity and so
became the God-man (Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians
2:9).
We teach that Jesus Christ represents humanity and
deity in indivisible oneness (Micah 5:2; John 5:23;
14:9-10; Colossians 2:9).
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin-
born (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26-35);
that He was God incarnate (John 1:1, 14); and that
the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God,
redeemmen, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm
2:7-9; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:29; Philippians 2:9-11;
Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
We teach that, in the incarnation, the second
person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full
prerogatives of coexistence with God, assumed the
place of a Son, and took on an existence appropriate
to a servant while never divesting Himself of His
divine attributes (Philippians 2:5-8).
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished
our redemption through the shedding of His blood
and sacrificial death on the cross and that His
death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary,
propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15; Romans
3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the
death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner
is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the
power, and one day the very presence of sin; and
that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and
adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:25; 5:8-9;
2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
We teach that our justification is made sure by His
literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that
He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father,
where He now mediates as our Advocate and High
Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31;
Romans 4:25; 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1).
We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His
Son and gave proof that God has accepted the
atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus’ bodily
resurrection is also the guarantee of a future
resurrection life for all believers (John 5:26-29;
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