Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 4

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
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THE COLLEGE
intelligence, volition, self-determination, and
moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25;
James 3:9).
We teach that God’s intention in the creation of
man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s
fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by
this accomplishGod’s purpose for man in the world
(Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).
We teach that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to
the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his
innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and
physical death; became subject to the wrath of
God; and became inherently corrupt and utterly
incapable of choosing or doing that which is
acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With
no recuperative powers to enable him to recover
himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation
is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the
redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis
2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1
Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-
14; 1 John 1:8).
We teach that because all men were in Adam, a
nature corrupted byAdam’s sinhas been transmitted
to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only
exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by
choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3;
Jeremiah17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).
Salvation
We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace
on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the
merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of
human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:4-7;
2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
Regeneration.
We teach that regeneration is a
supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the
divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-8;
Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished
solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the
instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24),
when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy
Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of
salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by
fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in
righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will
be its proper evidence and fruit (1 Corinthians 6:19-
20; Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12b; Colossians
3:12-17; 2 Peter 1:4-11). This obedience causes the
believer to be increasingly conformed to the image
of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Such
a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorifica­
tion at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:16-17; 2 Peter
1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).
Election.
We teach that election is the act of God by
which, before the foundation of the world, He chose
in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates,
saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians
1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1
Peter 1:1-2).
We teach that sovereign election does not contradict
or negate the responsibility of man to repent and
trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23, 32;
33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; 2Thessalonians 2:10-
12; Revelation 22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign
grace includes the means of receiving the gift of
salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election
will result in what God determines. All whom the
Father calls toHimself will come in faith and all who
come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40,
44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).
We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants
to totally depraved sinners is not related to any
initiative of their own part nor to God’s anticipation
of what theymight do by their own will, but is solely
of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7;
Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2).
We teach that election should not be looked upon
as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is
truly sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in
harmony with His other attributes, especially His
omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and
love (Romans 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always
exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent
withHis character as revealed in the life of our Lord
Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy 1:9).
Justification.
We teach that justification before
God is an act of God (Romans 8:30-33) by which
He declares righteous those who, through faith in
Christ, repent of their sins (Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 13:3;
Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians
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