Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 5

Introducing The Master’s College
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THE COLLEGE
7:10) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans
10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5;
Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart
from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20;
4:6) and involves the placing of our sins on Christ
(Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation
of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:2,
30; 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is
enabled to “be just, and the justifier of the one who
has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).
Sanctification.
We teach that every believer is
sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and
is therefore declared to be holy and is identified
as a saint. This sanctification is positional and
instantaneous and should not be confused with
progressive sanctification. This sanctification has
to do with the believer’s standing, not his present
walk or condition (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2,
30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1;
10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2).
We teach that there is also by the work of the Holy
Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state
of the believer is brought closer to the likeness of
Christ through obedience to the Word of God and
the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The believer is
able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity
to the will of God, becoming more and more like
our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-
22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23).
In this respect, we teach that every saved person
is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation
in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but
adequate provision is made for victory through the
power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle
nevertheless stays with the believer all through
this earthly life and is never completely ended.
All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are
unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but
the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin
(Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians
3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John
3:5-9).
Security.
We teach that all the redeemed once
saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure
in Christ forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30;
Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9;
Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:4-5;
Jude 24).
We teach that it is the privilege of believers to
rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through
the testimony of God’s Word, which, however,
clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an
occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans
6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 16-17, 25-26;
Titus 2:11-14).
Separation.
We teach that separation from sin
is clearly called for throughout the Old and New
Testaments, and that the Scriptures clearly indicate
that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall
increase (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
We teach that out of deep gratitude for the
undeserved grace of God granted to us and
because our glorious God is so worthy of our total
consecration, all the saved should live in such a
manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to
God and so as not to bring reproach upon our
Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation
from any association with religious apostasy, and
worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us
by God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2
Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
We teach that believers should be separated unto
our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12;
Hebrews 12:1-2) and affirm that the Christian life is
a life of obedient righteousness demonstrated by a
beatitude attitude (Matthew 5:2-12) and a continual
pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians
7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10).
The Church
We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ
are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one
united spiritual body, the church (1 Corinthians
12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2;
Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8), of which
Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians
1:18).
We teach that the formation of the church, the body
of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-
21, 38-47) and will be completed at the coming of
Christ for His own at the Rapture (1 Corinthians
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