Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 3

Introducing The Master’s College
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THE COLLEGE
14:19; Romans 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20,
23).
We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive
the church, which is His body, unto Himself at the
Rapture and, returning with His church in glory,
will establishHismillennial kingdomon earth (Acts
1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20).
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One
through whom God will judge all mankind (John
5:22-23):
a. Believers (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2
Corinthians 5:10);
b. Living inhabitants of the earth at His
glorious return (Matthew 25:31-46); and
c. Unbelieving dead at the Great White
Throne (Revelation 20:11-15).
As the mediator between God andman (1 Timothy
2:5), the head of His body the church (Ephesians
1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and the coming
universal King who will reign on the throne of
David (Isaiah 9:6; Ezekiel 37:24-28; Luke 1:31-33),
He is the final Judge of all who fail to place their
trust inHimas Lord and Savior (Matthew 25:14-46;
Acts 17:30-31).
God the Holy Spirit.
We teach that the Holy
Spirit is a divine person, eternal, underived,
possessing all the attributes of personality and
deity including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13),
emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians
12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence
(Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14),
omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness
(John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is
coequal and consubstantial with the Father and
the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1
Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah
31:31-34; and Hebrews 10:15-17).
We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to
execute the divine will with relation to all mankind.
We recognize His sovereign activity in the creation
(Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the
written revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work
of salvation (John 3:5-7).
We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in
this age began at Pentecost when He came from the
Father as promised by Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26)
to initiate and complete the building of the body of
Christ. His activity includes convicting the world
of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying
the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers
into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4;
Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural
and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all
believers into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians
12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies,
instructs, empowers them for service, and seals
them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9-11;
2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher
who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth
as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the
Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21). Every believer possesses
the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the
moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those
born of the Spirit to be filledwith (controlled by) the
Spirit (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual
gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither
Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but
He does glorify Christ by implementing His work
of redeeming the lost and building up believers
in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1
Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit
is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the
perfecting of the saints. Speaking in tongues and
the working of sign miracles in the beginning days
of the church were for the purpose of pointing
to and authenticating the apostles as revealers
of divine truth, and were never intended to be
characteristic of the lives of believers (1 Corinthians
12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians
4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).
Man
We teach that man was directly and immediately
created by God in His image and likeness. Man
was created free of sin with a rational nature,
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