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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

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THE COLLEGE

stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in

judgment of it.

God

We teach that there is but one living and true God

(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4),

an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), 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

(Psalm 145:8-9; 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 (Psalm 103:19; 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; John 8:38-47), nor does

He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent

creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen

from eternity past those whomHe 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 born of a

virgin (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 and

to redeem men (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 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