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the UPC belief-the True Christians

Post  blue08 on Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:46 am

What We Believe

The One True God
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‘ ‘ ‘We believe in the one everliving, eternal God; infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit by emanation (1 Cor.8;6, Eph.4:6, II Cor.5:19, Joel2:28).
‘ ‘ ‘The scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; it asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of God is universal (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32; 2:15). God is invisible, incorporeal, without parts, without body, and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit (John 4.-24) and “...a spirit hath not flesh and bones…” (Luke 24:39).
‘ ‘ ‘”…The first of all the commandments is, hear, 0 Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29; Deut.6:4). “0ne God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph.4:6).
‘ ‘ ‘This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in divers ways; in the Son while He walked among men; as the Holy Spirit after the ascension.
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The Son of God

‘ ‘ ‘The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16).
‘ ‘ ‘“He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). This one true God was manifest in the flesh, that is, in his Son Jesus Christ. “…God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them…” (II Cor, 5:19).
‘ ‘ ‘We believe that, “…in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col,2:9). “Therefore it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell” (Col.1:19). Therefore, Jesus in His humanity was man; in His deity was and is God. His flesh was the Lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He is the only mediator between God and man.” For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).
‘ ‘ ‘Jesus on His Father’s side was divine, on His mother’s side, human; thus He was known as the Son of God and also the son of man, or the God-Man.
‘ ‘ ‘“For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him” (I Cor. 15:27). “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all” (I Cor. 15:28).
‘ ‘ ‘“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty“(Rev.1:Cool.
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The Name

‘ ‘ ‘God used different titles, such as “God Elohim”, ‘God Almighty”, “El Shaddai”, “Jehovah”, and especially “Jehovah Lord”, the redemptive name in the Old Testament.
‘ ‘ ‘“…unto us a child Is born, unto us a son is given… and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when the Son of God was named. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matt.1:21).
‘ ‘ ‘“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
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Creation of Man and His Fall

‘ ‘ ‘In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy; but through the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve, the first of the human race, fell from their holy state; and God banished them from Eden. Hence by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world (Gen.1:27; Rom.3:23; 5:12).
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Repentance and Conversion

‘ ‘ ‘Pardon and forgiveness of sins are obtained by genuine repentance, confessing and forsaking of sins. We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles(Acts 2:38; 11:18, 17:30).
‘ ‘ ‘The word “repentance” comes from several Greek words which mean: change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc.
‘ ‘ ‘Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
‘ ‘ ‘Luke 24:47 says, “And that repentance end remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.“
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Water Baptism

‘ ‘ ‘The Scripture mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Acts of the Apostles 2:38; 8:16; 12:48; 19:5; thus, obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
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Baptism of the Holy Spirit

‘ ‘ ‘John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said “…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire”,
‘ ‘ ‘Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, “…..ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence“.
‘ ‘ ‘Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, “…..they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
‘ ‘ ‘The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and the “gift of the Holy Ghost” are synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible.
‘ ‘ ‘It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filling or baptism of the Holy Spirit, to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues.
‘ ‘ ‘The speaking with other tongues, as recorded In Acts 2:4, 10:46; and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in 1 Corinthians, chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose,
‘ ‘ ‘The Lord, through the Prophet Joel, said, “…I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh….” (Joel 2:28)
‘ ‘ ‘Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience, said “…having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) hath shed forth this which you now see and hear” (Acts 2:33). “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).
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Fundamental Doctrine

‘ ‘ ‘The basic and fundamental doctrine of this organization shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
‘ ‘ ‘We shall endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come unto the unity of faith, at the same time admonishing all brethren that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body.

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