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eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13),

and truthfulness (John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son

(Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4, 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews 10:15-

17).

We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His

sovereign activity in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and

the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).

We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as

promised by Christ (John 14:16-17, 15:26) to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ, which is His

church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of

righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ; and transforming believers into the image of Christ

(John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the

body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and

seals them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9, 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher Who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed

to writing God's revelation, the Bible. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the

moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (John

16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 John 2:20, 27).

We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His

gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building

up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the

saints today and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for

the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be

characteristic of the lives of believers (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews

2:1-4).

MAN

We teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin

with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25;

James 3:9). Man was also created by God as either male or female, biologically defined and distinct sexes (Genesis 1:27;

2:5-23; 1 Corinthians 11:11-15; Romans 1:26-27) set by God for each individual (Psalm 119:13-14). Confusion between

the two is an abomination to Him (Leviticus 8:22; Deuteronomy 22:5; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

We teach that God's intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God's fellowship, live his

life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God's purpose for man in the world (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16;

Revelation 4:11).

We teach that in Adam's sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence; incurred

the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; and became inherently corrupt and

utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative

powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man's salvation is thereby wholly of God's grace

through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1

Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).