Church of God, a Worldwide Association, Inc.
following statements represent the fundamental beliefs of the Church of
God, a Worldwide Association. These beliefs, based upon Holy Scripture,
do not constitute the entire body of beliefs of the Church but do
represent its fundamental or foundational beliefs.
underlined words indicate a questionable belief that is most likely
1. The Godhead
the Father is an eternally existing Spirit, a perfect, personal Being
of supreme love, intelligence, knowledge, justice, power and authority.
It was through the Word (who became Jesus Christ)
[In Jn 1:1c it stipulates that the Word was God. And in Jn 1:14
it does not indicate He, the Word did not cease being God to
become Jesus Christ, the man. It indicates that the Word, being
self-existent, eternal God added
to Himself perfect Humanity Whose Human name is Jesus Christ. And in Jn
1:3 it indicates that it was the Word Who created all things that
exist, hence He is Creator God. In view in Jn 1:1 are two Persons of the Godhead.]
The Father is the Source of
life, the Sustainer of the universe through His power.
[And in addition to that, in view in Jn 1 is Jesus Christ, being God Who is the Word the Source of life, the Sustainer of the universe through His power . And being God, is the Holy Spirit Who is God ]
There is one
Lord, Jesus Christ, who has eternally existed. He came to earth to do
the will of the Father. He is the Messiah, the Christ and the divine
Son of the living God, who was born of human flesh to the virgin Mary.
God is an eternal family currently consisting of the Father and the
Son. Both the Father and Son are involved in the creative work of
expanding this family by bringing many children (sons and daughters) to
glory. The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the Spirit of life eternal, not a separate entity or being.
[Note that Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit is God ]
support: Ephesians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:16;
Ephesians 3:15; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 2:10; 2 Corinthians 6:18.
2. The Angelic Realm and Satan
angelic realm, consisting of various types of spirit beings, was
created by God. A former “covering cherub,” Lucifer, rebelled against
God’s authority and became Satan the devil. As Lucifer, he influenced
one-third of the angels to follow him. Those who followed him are now
evil spirits known as demons. Satan the devil is the adversary of both
God and mankind. He and his demons influence mankind to reject God and
His law. These evil spirits have been allowed temporary dominion over
the earth and have deceived the majority of human beings. The angels
who remained faithful to God serve as ministering spirits to those
responding to God’s calling.
Scriptural support: Matthew 4:1-11;
Luke 8:12; 2 Timothy 2:26; John 12:31; 16:11; Revelation 12:4, 9;
20:1-3, 7, 10; Leviticus 16:21-22; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 11:14; Ephesians
2:2; Hebrews 1:14.
beings, both male and female, were created in the image of God with the
potential to partake of God’s divine nature as children in His eternal
family. Humans are mortal beings relying on the breath of life [breaths of life ] and are subject to corruption and decay. They do not have an immortal soul nor do they possess eternal life at this time.
[Note that all humans from conception have an eternal destiny.
Judgment occurs at the end of the human's mortal life; destiny is
eternal either with God or eternal separated from / without God, to be in the Lake of
Eternal life is a gift of God, given only to those who accept His calling and the terms and conditions expressed in the Scriptures.
the calling of God to all individuals throuthout the ages who are of accountable age for salvation unto eternal
life is to believe in His Son and that alone for eternal life and that
alone - the sole term and condition. Seems like the Church of God
points to more than that ]
God gave Adam and Eve the choice of eternal life
through obedience to Him or death through sin. Adam and Eve succumbed
to sin by disobeying God. As a result, death entered the world. All humans have sinned and are therefore subject to death. In God’s plan it is appointed for man to “die once.”
and Eve already had eternal life. Their disobedience resulted in
immediate spiritual death and thereafter they would physically die; but
that did not curtail their eternal existence. God made provision for
their salvation by faith alone which Adam and Eve accepted by faith
alone - the account beginning at Genesis chapter two and into chapter
3. YOU HAVE TO READ THE ACCOUNT VERSE BY VERSE CAREFULLY ]
Scriptural support: Genesis 1:26; 2 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 8:16-17.
4. The Purpose of Human Life
God’s purpose for human beings is to add them as children to His eternal family. While it is clear that eternal life is a gift from God, He
expects His children to respond to His calling, develop righteous
character by overcoming sin, and grow in the grace and knowledge of
word "gift" indicates free, no obligation to be faithful or do
anything to keep eternal life
/ get eternal life. But what is implied here in this statement of faith
by "Church of God" is that salvation unto eternal life not a gift,
it is not free. It requires the individual to do a number of things,
not the least of which is to repent of ones sins - NO MORE SINNING IN
THIS LIFE!! Does that sound like a free gift??????]
When Christ returns to this earth, these faithful humans will be born as spirit beings into the family of God and will reign on earth as kings and priests with Christ.
support: John 1:12; Romans 6:15-16; 8:14-17, 30; Acts 2:39; 1
Corinthians 15:50-53; 2 Peter 3:18; Revelation 1:6; 3:5; 5:10.
5. The Word of God
Scripture, both the Old and the New Testaments
of the Holy Bible, is the Word of God and contains God’s complete
revelation of His will and plan for humanity. Directly inspired by God
in thought and word, it is perfect and infallible as originally
written. Scripture is the supreme and final authority for faith and
life. It is the source for doctrine and the foundation for all truth.
Scriptural support: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 10:35; 17:17.
6. Sin and God’s Law
is the transgression of the law of God, which is spiritual, perfect,
holy, just and good. God’s law is based upon the two great principles
of love toward God and love toward neighbor. The Ten Commandments
expound these foundational principles of God’s law of love. Breaking any part of God’s law brings upon a person the penalty of death. Those who love God and seek eternal life will strive to keep God’s commandments. Obedience to God’s law produces happiness and peace of mind. Disobedience to God’s law produces misery and strife and ultimately eternal death.
Scriptural support: 1 John 3:4; 5:3; Matthew 5:17-19; 19:17-19; 22:37-40; James 2:10-11; Romans 2:5-9; 6:23; 7:12-14; 13:8-10.
7. The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [one and only] so
humans may have eternal life. In God’s perfect righteousness, the
penalty for our sins must be paid in full. After living a human life
without sin, even though tempted in all points as we are, Jesus Christ,
the Son of God, died as the perfect sacrifice for all the sins of
humanity. As God in the flesh and the Creator of all humanity, His
death makes it possible for each person and humanity as a whole to be
forgiven of their sins, released from the death penalty that comes upon
all because of sin and reconciled to God the Father. [add
through a moment of faith alone in Christ alone] This plan of salvation
for mankind existed from the foundation of the world.
support: John 1:18; 3:16; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 1:16-17, 22;
Hebrews 4:15; 9:15; 10:12; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Revelation 5:9; 13:8.
8. Three Days and Three Nights
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by the Father after His body lay for three days and three nights in the grave. The length of time that He was in the grave was the only sign He gave to prove He was the Messiah. The resurrection of Jesus Christ made immortality possible for mortal human beings.
After His resurrection, Christ ascended into heaven, where He now sits
at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest, elder Brother
and Advocate with the Father.
Scriptural support: 1 Peter
1:17-21; 3:22; Matthew 12:39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:53; 2 Timothy 1:10;
John 20:17; Hebrews 2:10-15; 8:1; 12:2; 1 John 2:1.
Repentance is a gift from God — a gift that is necessary for salvation and a proper relationship with God. All who wish to be pardoned from the death penalty that comes through sin must genuinely repent of their sins, fully surrender their lives to God and obey His commandments. They
must by faith accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, their Lord
and Master, their High Priest and their soon coming King. These individuals are justified, forgiven of their sins as an act of divine grace, being baptized and receiving the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands. At baptism they become part of the spiritual Body of Christ, the true Church of God.
support: Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:29-32; 2 Corinthians 7:10; John 3:16;
Ephesians 1:7; 2:7-10; Romans 3:21-26; 5:5; 6:6; 8:4, 9-10, 14; 13:10;
Jeremiah 33:8; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Philippians
2:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:25.
10. Water Baptism
Water baptism by immersion after repentance pictures the forgiveness of sin, the burial of the old man and the beginning of a new life in Christ. Through
prayer and the laying on of hands following baptism, repentant
believers receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and become part of the
spiritual Body of Jesus Christ. By yielding to and being led by the Holy Spirit, those who have repented and been baptized experience a true change in life, attitude and way of thinking.
Scriptural support: John 3:23; Acts 2:38; 8:14-17; 19:5-6; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 Corinthians 12:13.
11. The Seventh-Day Sabbath
seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of the Lord our God, and on this
day humans are commanded to rest from their labors and worship Him.
Established and blessed by God at creation, the seventh day of the week
begins at sunset on Friday and continues until sunset on Saturday. The Sabbath is an identifying sign and a perpetual covenant between God and His people [the Jews are God's people not Christians]. True
Christians follow the example of Jesus Christ, the apostles and the New
Testament Church in observing the seventh-day Sabbath.
support: Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11; 31:13-17; Leviticus 23:3;
Isaiah 58:13; Hebrews 4:4-10; Mark 1:21; 2:27-28; 6:2; Acts 13:42-44;
17:2; 18:4; Luke 4:31; 1 John 2:4-6.
12. The Passover
Passover is to be observed in the evening, at the beginning of the 14th
of Nisan (Abib) in accordance with the Hebrew calendar as preserved by
the Jews [only for the Jews] The
New Covenant Passover symbols instituted by Jesus Christ on the night
before He died—foot-washing, unleavened bread and wine—are part of this
service. Christians follow Jesus Christ’s instruction and example by observing the Passover annually as a memorial of His death.
Scriptural support: Exodus 12; Matthew 26:18-30; John 13:1-15; Luke 22:1-20; John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7.
13. The Festivals of God
seven annual festivals are special times of assembly. Given to ancient
Israel by God through Moses and kept by Christ, the apostles and the
New Testament Church, they are commanded to be observed today. These festivals reveal God’s plan of salvation for mankind. They will continue to be observed during the Millennium.
support: Colossians 2:16-17; 1 Peter 1:19-20; 1 Corinthians 5:8;
15:22-26; 16:8; James 1:18; Exodus 23:14-17; Leviticus 23; Luke
2:41-42; 22:14-15; John 7:2, 8, 10, 14; Acts 2:1; 18:21; 20:16;
14. Biblical Food Laws
identified as “unclean” in the Bible is not to be consumed by humans.
Lists of “clean” and “unclean” meats are found in God’s instructions
concerning what should and should not be eaten.
Scriptural support: Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14.
is commanded by God. Through tithing, one honors God with his material
goods and assists in preaching the gospel, providing for the physical
needs of the Church and caring for needy members. A special festival
tithe makes it possible for one to attend the commanded festivals of
Scriptural support: Proverbs 3:9-10; Genesis 14:17-20; Numbers 18:21; Malachi 3:8; 1 Corinthians 9:7-14; Deuteronomy 14:22-29.
16. Military Service and War
Because of Jesus’ teaching that we are to love our enemies and the instruction of God to respect human life, Christians should not serve in the military. The biblical teaching is that if anyone even hates his brother, he is a murderer. Being in the military would create problems keeping the Sabbath and holy days. Because
Christians are to obey God rather than men, they need to maintain
jurisdiction over their lives. Christians must be careful not to let
human issues and concerns distract them from their role as ambassadors
in God’s coming Kingdom. Christ declared that His Kingdom was not of
this world; therefore His servants would not fight.
support: Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-22; Luke 6:27-35; John
18:36; 1 Corinthians 7:21-23; Acts 5:29; 1 John 3:15; 2 Corinthians
17. The Church of God
The Church of God is a spiritual body composed of believers who have and are being led by the Holy Spirit. The Church is not a denomination, a human organization or a building but the people God is working with in any age.
The biblical name of this church is the “Church of God.” Its mission is
to preach the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to all nations and to
make disciples of all who respond to God’s calling, assisting them in
their spiritual development and reconciliation to God.
support: Acts 2:38-39, 47; 20:28; Romans 8:14; 14:19; Ephesians
1:22-23; 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 10:32; 11:16, 22; 12:27; 15:9; 2
Corinthians 1:1; 5:18-20; Galatians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; 2
Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 3:5; Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20;
John 6:44, 65; 17:11.
18. Promises to Abraham
fulfillment of His promises to Abraham, a man called the father of the
faithful, represents God’s enduring faithfulness and provides important
keys to understanding biblical prophecy. As promised, God multiplied
Abraham’s descendants so that Abraham literally became the father of
many nations. God materially prospered his descendants: Isaac, Jacob
(also called Israel) and Jacob’s 12 sons who were the progenitors of
the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. Descendants of these peoples continue
as prominent nations today (particularly the descendants of Ephraim and
Manasseh) because they have inherited the physical blessings of
Abraham. In addition to the physical blessings promised Abraham,
another promise was made by God to this patriarch—a promise of
salvation through his Seed (Jesus Christ), which all people, regardless
of their physical lineage, may receive. All who respond to God’s
calling belong to Christ and are considered Abraham’s seed.
Understanding these promises made to Abraham provides a more accurate
understanding of the world today and the messages of the prophets.
Scriptural support: Genesis 12:1-3; 32:28; Psalm 111:1-10; Romans 4:12, 16; 9:7-8; Galatians 3:16, 28-29.
19. The Return of Jesus Christ to Earth
the end of this present evil age, Jesus Christ will visibly return to
earth to establish the Kingdom of God and reign forever and ever,
beginning with a 1,000-year period commonly called the Millennium. He
will sit upon the throne of David, ruling all nations as King of Kings
and serving as High Priest to all who recognize Him as their Lord and
Master. As prophesied, He will at this time restore all things and
establish the Kingdom of God forever.
Scriptural support: Daniel
2:44; 7:14, 18, 27; Matthew 24:30, 44; Revelation 1:7; 11:15; 19:16;
20:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16; John 14:3; Isaiah 9:7; 40:10-11;
Hebrews 7:24; Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 1:11; 3:21; 15:16.
20. The Resurrections
Being resurrected from the grave is the only hope of eternal life for deceased human beings. The Scriptures reveal that there will be three distinct future resurrection periods for those who have died. At
the return of Jesus Christ, a first resurrection to eternal life will
take place for all of God’s faithful servants who have died throughout
the ages. These
individuals will rise from their graves and, along with living humans
who have the Holy Spirit residing within them, will be changed into
immortal, spirit beings. After
the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth, there will be a
second resurrection to physical life for the majority of all people who
have ever lived. These people will then have their first and only
opportunity to hear, understand and respond to God’s calling. If they become converted, they will receive eternal life.
There will be a third resurrection for the incorrigible to a brief
period of consciousness, in which they will receive the righteous
judgment of God—their destruction in the lake of fire. This
resurrection is reserved for those who have rejected God’s offer of
salvation, reaping eternal death, also called the second death, from
which there is no further resurrection.
support: 1 Corinthians 15:19, 45-53; Acts 23:6; John 5:21-29; Romans
6:23; 8:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Revelation
20:4-5, 11-15; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46.
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Notes on last night’s phone conversation (9/15/21)
Discussed meaning of Jn 3:16
John 3:16 (NIV2011)
16 For God
so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in
him [should] not [eternally] perish but have - present tense - eternal life.
To obey this is simply to believe!!! Can't add more than. All it asks is to believe!!
interruptions - what about this, and that and this - from the verse going
elsewhere before a thorough job is done at investigating Jn 3:16.
the man finish and then answer. Don't interrupt - that's rude and
controlling. You'll have your chance if you are fair. But to interrupt
is controlling and usually accomplishes little for the Kingdom of God.
God persuades you, not through controlling interruption and confusing
elsewhere may [or may not be true] but in the text at hand it is not in
view; therefore one passage at a time. Stop interrupting and inserting
things. You are not God's editor.
Phrase by phrase of this verse
afforded frequent and rude interruptions that were irrelevant to the
subject / the words at hand under review.
Finally, Steve seemed
to relent / assent: [because I was unrelenting in presenting the Word
of God as Jesus did. He's my Example ].
Then Steve asks, "But what
does believe mean?" like I don't know. I said check a dictionary. Check
with Noah Webster. He said trying to insert ideas into that word
believe that did not coincide with the meaning of the word such as
being obedient, faithful, repentant from sins, etc. Ckeck the
dictionary: accept as true.
have to obey" he said; meaning all the other passages that are
commanding throughout Scripture are part of what it takes to have
eternal life. [But not all passages that command something apply to me
responded: "Yes, and what are we commanded to do in order to have
eternal life according to Jn 3:16 and over 400 other salvation unto
eternal life passages: answer: simply believe, nothing more. Adam & Eve,
Abraham et al. Nevertheless, he kept trying to insert other passages
into Jn 3:16 which largely did not coincide with context of what one must do to
have eternal life.
He then said, "Then what are you supposed to do
with all that God commanded of us in Scripture?" I said, "Obey, but to
what end?" His answer for the 5th time, [silence - no answer]
I mentioned heaven in the conversation, he objected and said there is
no heavenly destination for us. I had a ready answer, but said I don’t
want to expand this discussion into more than one and to more
confusion. Let's continue with one subject at a time, until the first
question is properly settled. One passage at a time. Then you can
move on. I bit my
tongue at the passage in Ephesians 2:4-7 which indicated our heavenly
Ephesians 2:4-7 (NASB)
4 "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places [lit., heavenlies] in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
the discussion now got him agitated, especially my answers. So he said, what
do you know, I’m 74 years old!!! When I retorted I am 80 and been doing
this for more than 35 years. He retorted that he’d been doing it for
50. I brought him down from his high horse: The issue remains one
passage at a time. If you have it right, you don’t need to be older or
more experienced. Having the right interpretation is all that matters
After Steve relented and agreed that my points on Jn
3:16 were acceptable to him; I jumped to Eph 2:8-9 to cement that point
which corroborates Jn 3:16:
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
by grace you have been saved [lit., are having been saved perfect tense
ongoing forever, periphrastic / combination verb] through faith and that [neuter = salvation] not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no
one may boast.
He relented to my interpretation and then said, but what about the next verse?
Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
thought he had me. I responded: the word “for” means because which
implies once one is saved THEN one is responsible to do good works, but
to what end? I asked. You are already saved unto eternal life by
faith alone. He had no answer - there was silence again. So I asked
So he said, “Let’s agree to disagree.”
not say to the Pharisees, “Let’s agree to disagree. I’ll let you
blaspheme God and force people into keeping the Law in order to be
saved. And you will leave me to my point of view.” They actually hinted
at Jesus being a passing fancy and that He will eventually lose
popularity and go away like so many others.
Acts 5:34-40 (NASB)
But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all
the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men
outside for a short time.
35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.
"For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a
group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed,
and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
"After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and
drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who
followed him were scattered.
38 "So in the present case, I
say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this
plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;
39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God."
They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged
them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then
But Jesus never said let’s agree to disagree.
he gave me his "final answer:" he hung up on me, not caring that in his
mind I’d condemned myself to eternal condemnation according to what he
believed. Some “Christian” who refuses to strive for my sake for my
salvation. Call him and say "hello."