Essentials Bible Doctrines By Chaim Least of the Brethren (The AbaloneKid)
The deity of Christ Jesus is God. While Jesus never directly says, "I am God" in the Scriptures He makes it very clear: John 1:1, John 1:14, John 8:58, John 10:33 and in John 10:30 Jesus says "I and the Father are one." Jesus was claiming "deity". John 20:28 when Thomas says, "My Lord and my God!" Again, Jesus does not correct Him by saying that He is not God. Finally Mark 14:61-62 echoes Dan.7:13-14 and which will be the completion of His second coming from Heaven at the close of the Great Tribulation.
Monotheism. There is only one God Exodus 20:3 states very powerfully, "You shall have no other gods before me." Monotheism is the belief that there is only one God to be worshiped and served. 'You are my witnesses,' Isaiah 43:10.
The Holy Trinity If we look at Matthew 28:19 we see the verse calling out the trinity: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." While this verse mentions all three Persons of the triune God, it does not call them the Trinity. So to understand the doctrine of the Holy Trinity we must look at the "totality" of Scripture and glean from it the very definition of it. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, we see how this comes together "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone." We see all three being represented but not titled the Holy Trinity.
The gospel of the grace of God In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Paul spells out what the gospel is : "that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." This is the essence of the gospel. Salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good works and obedience are results of salvation, not requirements for salvation. Due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ's sacrifice, all those who have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God's power, and sealed in Christ forever John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24. Just as salvation cannot be earned by good works, neither does it need good works to be maintained or sustained. Good works and changed lives are the inevitable results of salvation James 2.
The Resurrection of Christ Jesus died and then after three days came back to life and rose again to reappear to His followers in glorified bodily form. Jesus had already demonstrated His ability to resurrect others such as His friend, Lazarus. But now God the Father had resurrected Him to display His awesome power and glory.
This amazing fact is what separates the Christian faith from all others. All other religions are based on works or a powerless deity or person. The leaders of all other religions die and remain dead. The Christian faith is based on Christ crucified and resurrected to life. "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" 1 Corinthians 15:14. Lastly, to deny Christ's bodily resurrection John 2:19-21 is to deny that Jesus' work here on earth was a satisfactory offering to God for the sins of mankind. Watch the video below This I Believe
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