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Introducing The Master’s College

7

THE COLLEGE

(1 Corinthians 13:8-12). Miraculous gifts can even

be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive even

believers (1 Corinthians 13:13-14:12; Revelation

13:13-14). The only gifts in operation today are those

non-revelatory equipping gifts given for edification

(Romans 12:6-8).

We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing

today but that God does hear and answer the prayer

of faith and will answer in accordance with His own

perfect will for the sick, suffering, and afflicted (Luke

18:1-6: John 5:7-9; 2 Corinthians 12:6-10; James 5:13-

16; 1 John 5:14-15).

We teach that two ordinances have been committed

to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper

(Acts 2:38-42). Christian baptism by immersion

(Acts 8:36-39) is the solemn and beautiful testimony

of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified,

buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him

in death to sin and resurrection to a new life

(Romans 6:1-11). It is also a sign of fellowship and

identification with the visible body of Christ (Acts

2:41-42).

We teach that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration

and proclamation of His death until He comes,

and should always be preceded by solemn self-

examination (1 Corinthians 11:28-32). We also teach

that whereas the elements of communion are only

representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, the

Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an actual communion

with the risen Christ who is present in a unique way,

fellowshipping with His people (1 Corinthians 10:16).

Angels

Holy Angels.

We teach that angels are created beings

and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although

they are a higher order of creation than man, they

are created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke

2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11-14;

19:10; 22:9).

Fallen Angels.

We teach that Satan is a created angel

and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of

God by rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-17;

Ezekiel 28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with

him in his fall (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14),

and by introducing sin into the human race by his

temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15).

We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy

of God and man (Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11;

Revelation 12:9-10), the prince of this world who has

been defeated through the death and resurrection

of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20) and that he shall be

eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17;

Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

Last Things (Eschatology)

Death.

We teach that physical death involves no loss

of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11),

that the soul of the redeemed passes immediatedly

into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Philippians

1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8), that there is a separation of

soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24), and that, for

the redeemed, such separation will continue until the

rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) which initiates the

first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6), when our soul

and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with

our Lord (1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 50-54; Philippians

3:21). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in

Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus

Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved

to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23;

2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment

and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29;

Revelation 20:13-15).

We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death are

kept under punishment until the second resurrection

(Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:13-15), when the

soul and the resurrection body will be united (John

5:28-29). They shall then appear at the Great White

Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) and shall be

cast into hell, the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-46),

cut off from the life of God forever (Daniel 12:2;

Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

The Rapture of the Church.

We teach the personal,

bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the

seven-year tribulation (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Titus

2:13) to translate His church from this earth (John

14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-

5:11) and, between this event and His glorious return

with His saints, to reward believers according to their

works (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).