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Introducing The Master’s College

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THE 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).

Justification.

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).

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 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).

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 1:4-8; 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).

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