The Triune God
B. THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in the Deity, unity, equality and eternality of the Triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that these three persons are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections; that they are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience; that this Triune God is the One and only living and true God; that He is everlasting, immutable, of infinite power, wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness and truth; and that He is the Maker and Preserver of all things, both visible and invisible; subsisting in Three persons, of one substance (essence), power and eternity.
God the Son: The Lord Jesus Christ
His Virgin Birth: We believe that, as provided and proposed by God and as pre-announced in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy and become the Redeemer- substitute; that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous matter, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman; that He received a human body and a sinless human nature; and that He is both the eternal Son of God and God the Son-perfect God and perfect Man.
His Person: We believe in the essential, absolute, eternal Deity and the real and proper, but perfect and sinless, humanity of our Lord Jesus Christi that Christ is the eternal Son of God, and God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, being co-equal, co-eternal, and of the same essence as God the Father; that He united in one person undiminished Deity and perfect, sinless humanity.
His Bodily Resurrection: We believe that, our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day in the same body, though glorified, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers.
His Bodily Ascension: We believe that in departing from the Earth in His resurrection body, Christ ascended into Heaven; as our great High Priest, and will come again in like manner.
His High Priestly Work: We believe that, in Heaven, He now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our Great High Priest, interceding for His own; that He became Head over all things to the Church which is His Body; and that, in this ministry He cease not to intercede and advocate for the saved. (Genesis 1:1,3:15; Genesis 15:6 cf. with Romans 4:3; Exodus 20:2-3; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25, 28:18-19; Mark 12:29, 16:19; Luke 1:35, 24:51;John 1:3,14,18; 20:17; Acts 1:9-10,5:34; Romans 4:5-8; I Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1: 15-16; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1: 1- 3, 2:17, 4:15, 5:9-10, 7:25, 11: 7; 12:2; 1 John 2:1, 5:7-8; Revelation 1:4-6; 4:11)
God the Holy Spirit
His Person and Presence: We believe that the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, is of one substance (essence), majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God; that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise; that He dwells in every believer; that, as the Indwelling One, He is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service; that He never takes His departure from the Church, nor from the feeblest of the saints; that He is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy believers with Him and not with themselves nor with their experiences; that His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the Church in the Rapture.
His Ministries: We believe that, in this age, certain well-defined ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit, and that it is the duty of every Christian to understand them and to be adjusted to them in his own life and experience; that He restrains evil in the world to the measure of the divine will in that He convicts the world respecting sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He regenerates all believers; that He indwells and anoints all who are saved; that He seals believers unto the day of redemption; that Christ baptized in the Spirit into one body all who are saved; that He intercedes for the believers and that He fills for power, leading, bearing witness, teaching and service those among the saved who are subject to His will. (Matthew 26:26-29, 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-37, 15:13-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27, 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 3:1-6; 4:11, 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 19:7-8, 22:17)
His Temporary Gifts: The charismatic gifts, such as tongues, healing, and prophecy are not for our day. (Genesis 1: 1-3; Matthew 28:20; Mark 1:8, Luke 24:49; John 1:33, 3:6, 14:16-17; 16:7-11,14; Acts 1:8, 4:8,31, 5:32, 11:16; Romans 8:9,14-16, 23, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:4-13, 13:8-13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:22, 4:30, 5:18; 2 Thessalonians 2: 7; 1 John 2:20-27)