The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament so that those 66 books, and only those 66, are the Word of God. No other writing truly claims this authority, and men cannot properly call any other writing the Bible, the Word of God, or a Holy Book. The Holy Spirit inspired only the original authors of the Bible, and no other writer or translator ever had the divine inspiration. He inspired all the Scriptures [2 Tim. 3:16], so that every book and every word in those books have this special divine character making them fit to give us doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.
Since holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost [2 Peter 1:21], what they wrote had no errors. Every word of God is pure [Prov. 30:5] so that the Bible makes only true statements about science, history, the nature of man, and the nature of God.
The translator seeks to bring the words and meanings of the original language into English as clearly and accurately as possible. No translator operates under divine inspiration.
God has preserved His holy word in the original words of the original writers as found in the multitude of manuscripts available.
God eternally exists as a trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons, yet one God, not three. These three distinct persons have the same attributes, glory, nature, perfection, and power yet each also exercises distinct and complementary functions toward the creation.
God’s attributes are His distinct features, qualities or characteristics that make God who and what He is.
Essential attributes belong to God, apart from any relationship to His creatures; these can never become attributes of man.
Moral Attributes can be communicated to or found in a lesser degree in man
Jesus was virgin born through the power of the Holy Spirit. [Lu 1:35] Though born of a human, yet he has always existed. [Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.] He is fully God and fully man at the same time. Fully God, He is worthy of worship and praise. Though fully man, yet He lived a perfect sinless life, [2Co 5:21 For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin ...] having successfully endured all the temptations that we go through. [Heb 4:15 ... [He] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.]
Christ played a crucial role in creation [John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.] He voluntarily died on the cross for sins. His death was physical and actual. His death was sacrificial, vicarious, and essential for salvation. It is the only way to God. [John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.] He rose bodily from the grave, ascended bodily to heaven, and lives there now in a life of intercession. [Heb 7:25 ... He ever liveth to make intercession for them.] He is preparing a place in heaven for the saints. He has promised to return bodily in glory to take His own [the church ... the bride of Christ] out of the world to live with Him forever. He will judge all people, believers and non-believers alike. [John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.] He will reign on earth eternally. [Re 11:15 ... He shall reign for ever and ever.]
The marks of His divinity
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is not merely an influence, energy, or a power. He inspired men to speak and write the Word of God. In the Old Testament times He came upon the believers for certain times and certain tasks and left them. In the New Testament times He indwells the believers, sealing them to the day of redemption, and never leaves us. This begins when He regenerates them through faith and continues until the day of their death or rapture. In the mean time He gives spiritual fruit to God’s children. [Gal. 5:22-23] He guides believers both negatively and positively [Acts 16:6, 10] He gives gifts to every believer. [Rom. 12:6] He immerses every believer into the body of Christ. [1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body ...] He fills believers at times, [Eph. 5:18] assures them that they are children of God, [Ro 8:16] and guides the believer into the truth. [John 16:13] He also prays for the believers [Rom. 8:26] and brings them comfort. [John 14:26] Walking in [obeying] the Spirit results in victory over the flesh. [Gal. 5:16-17]
The Holy Spirit convicts the lost about their sin and the coming judgment. [John 16:8] He restrains sin in the world. [2 Thess. 2:7]
God created a huge host of spirit beings called angels. One of them, Satan [also known as Lucifer], led a rebellion. He exercised his self-will against God, described by the 5 “I wills” of Isaiah 14:13-14. He is known by many titles, including ”the prince of the power of the air” and ”the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” [Eph 2:2] God then created a lake of fire for those spirits in rebellion. [Mt 25:41] Satan and the fallen angels, known as demons, work in the earth to accuse the believers before the throne of God [Re 12:10], to thwart the work of God, and to bring praise and adoration to the devil, who is an ”angel of light.” [2Co 11:14] The Christian life is actually a war against these evil spirits. [Eph. 6:12] These forces promote false doctrine [1Ti 4:1] and lies [John 8:44] and hinder the work of God [Dan. 10:13].
Those angels not in rebellion serve God and the saints. [Heb. 1:14] They do not marry [Mt 22:30]. God made different classes of angels, with Michael as the archangel, and also a division between cherubim and seraphim. They will help God execute His judgment [Mt 22:30], protect men [Matt. 18:10], and guide believers. [Acts 8:26] They worship God [Rev. 5:11-12], and ministered to Christ when He was on the earth. [Matt. 4:11]
God made man in His own image instantly and without any evolutionary process. [Ge 1:27] He called the first man Adam, and gave him both a physical nature and a non physical nature; the non physical part consists of emotions, intellect, will, and spirit. God used Adam’s rib to form the first woman, called Eve. All humans descended from Adam and Eve, and therefore all men and women are cousins, of one blood, and related. God made only one race, the human race.
God made man sinless but with the ability to choose between right and wrong. Satan deceived Eve and she sinned. [1 Tim. 2:14] Adam followed Eve’s example, and sin and death, both spiritual and physical, passed upon all mankind. [Ro 5:12] Adam and Eve subsequently hid from God, [Ge 3:8] now ashamed because of their guilt. [Gen 3:10 I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid ...] As God held Adam and Eve responsible for their sinful decisions, so all mankind will give an account for their conduct and choices. [2Co 5:10, Rev. 20:12]
Man’s sin separated him from God, yet the Lord in His wonderful love made a way for man to reconcile. Man cannot earn salvation through any effort of his own, neither can any religion, other than the precious blood of Jesus, wash away sin. God planned the sacrifice of His Son before the creation [Re 13:8 ... the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.] to effect reconciliation. That reconciliation cannot happen while man’s sin stands in the way. [Isa. 59:2] Christ shed His precious blood to take away the sins of the world [John 1:29], which the blood of animals shed under the old testament could never do. [Heb. 10:4, 11] The sacrifice paid the price for all sins, both of the believers and the unbelievers. [1Jo 2:2] Though scripture speaks of God choosing sinners [election - Eph 1:4, 2Th 2:13], God makes it clear that He has not willed the damnation of any sinners [2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not ... willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.] He makes His salvation available to all [Re 22:17 ... whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely], and man has a free will choice in the matter. [Eze. 33:11 ... turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?]
God required a blood sacrifice to take away sin: [Heb 9:22 ... without shedding of blood is no remission.] The blood of Christ washes sin away and does not merely cover it. [Rev. 1:5]
The word church refers both to the local church and to the universal church. The local church is the body of immersed believers who have NT officers and ordinances, and gather to worship the Lord, edify one another, and carry out the great commission. The universal church consists of all the believers of the New Testament era.
The New Testament era began with John [Lu 16:16], and continued with the preaching of Christ and His disciples. He commanded His disciples to pass on everything He taught them to the church, until the end of the age. [Mt 28:20]
The Holy Spirit baptized the church in power at the day of Pentecost. [Ac 1:5 ... ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.] He directed the church to select deacons to help carry out the work, and then used the persecution at Jerusalem to spread the church out and begin to fulfill the great commission.
God has kept a distinction between Israel and the church, and He will deal with Israel again during the tribulation.
The church has a responsibility to:
Seventy weeks of Daniel: God describes His plan for the future in Daniel 9. In this passage He describes the seventy weeks of Daniel [9:24-27], which we understand to be seventy groups of seven years. Sixty nine weeks [483 years] would pass from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem until the cutting off of Messiah [9:26-27]. The seventieth week would come later, and the Bible calls that seven years the Tribulation.
Rapture: At the end of the church age the Lord will come back in the clouds to take His children out of the earth [1 Thess. 4:16-17]. The Bible prefigures this catching up in the translation of both Enoch and of Elijah. The rapture can come at any time [imminent], will precede the tribulation and the millennium, and will allow the living to go to God without experiencing death.
Tribulation: At some point after the rapture, the tribulation [Daniel’s seventieth week] will start. This will last for seven years, and will include the return of Israel to God, the great plagues spoken of in Revelation, and the battle of Armageddon, where Christ will return and rescue Israel.
Millennium: Christ will reign on earth for 1,000 years with the saints. God binds Satan for that time and then releases him at the end of the millennium. Satan leads one final rebellion and then the Lord defeats him and casts him into the lake of fire.
White throne judgment: Here the lost of all eternity come before the Lord Jesus for final judgment. They find their names missing from the book of life and then the Lord judges them based on their works. Then the Lord has them thrown into the lake of fire.
The lake of fire: God orders that those who reject His offer of pardon through His Son Jesus should endure everlasting bodily punishment. The Bibles describes the punishment as ”the smoke of their torment ascending up for ever and ever.” [Rev. 14:11] In Mark 9:44, 46, and 48, the Lord says about his punishment: ”Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.”
Bema [Judgment seat]: The believers will receive rewards according to their service. Some will have little or no rewards, some will receive much. [1 Corinthians 3:14-15]
Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Jesus Christ takes His bride the church in marriage with a great celebration.
Final State: God makes a new heaven and a new earth, and the believers live there in a state of eternal happiness, worshipping the Godhead. The unbelievers endure eternal torment without hope of pardon, without second chances, and without annihilation.