Introducing The Master’s College
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
with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord
Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy 1:9).
We teach that justification before
God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He
declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ,
repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18;
Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7) 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 1:30; 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).
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 standing the
believer positionally enjoys through justification.
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; 1 Thessalonians 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).
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 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30;
Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; 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, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14).
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).
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