God is one and is
the only true God and Father of all, eternal, immutable, omnipotent,
omniscient and omnipresent. God is love and infinite goodness and
is creator of and sustainer of the universe and the source of man's
(Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, I Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, I
Timothy 1:17, I John 4:8, I John 5:20)
Jesus was the promised Messiah and fulfilled all of the prophecies of
His first coming to earth. Jesus was the Word, Logos or spokesman
through whom and for whom all things were created. He was God
manifest in the flesh to be sacrificed to pay for all of the sins of
mankind. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin
named Mary. During His life on earth, Jesus was fully man and
fully God, worthy of honour and reverence and the prophesied Messiah
and Saviour of man. He died to pay the penalty for our sins, was
raised from the dead and ascended through the heavens to sit on the
right hand of God.
(Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:20, John 1:1, John 3:16, I Corinthians 15:3-4,
Colossians 1:16, I Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 7:25, Revelation 19:16)
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter promised by Jesus Christ, sent from
God to the Church on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is the
power of God that transforms repentant persons who have accepted Jesus
Christ as their personal saviour. It is the power of God that
enables a Christian to obey the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is
the source of inspiration and prophecy
(John 14:16 & 16:13, Acts 2:4, 17-19, 38, Titus 3:5)
The Holy Scriptures commonly called the Old and New Testaments comprise
the Christian Bible as canonized by the Elders and by the Apostle John
and is the inspired Word of God, the foundation of truth and the
accurate record of God's revelation to mankind. The Holy
Scriptures constitute ultimate authority in all matters of doctrine and
embody the infallible principles that govern all facets of Christian
living and that are able to make us wise unto salvation.
(John 17:17, II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:20-21)
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments, given in codified form at Sinai and later
magnified by Jesus Christ to include the spiritual application, are the
basic laws which ensure a harmonious relationship between God and man
and between mankind. The Ten Commandments teach us how to love
God and how to love man.
(Exodus 20:1, Matthew 19:16-19 & 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-10, Hebrews
8:10 & 10:16)
Sin is the breaking of the law as given by God to man and magnified by
Jesus Christ. Breaking the least of the Ten Commandments makes
one guilty of breaking all.
(Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, James 2:10, 1 John 3:4)
Repentance and Conversion
Repentance is a change of mind and attitude toward God and His
laws. It follows conviction by the Holy Spirit through a study of
and an understanding of the word of God. Repentance not only
entails an awareness of personal sins or disobedience to God and His
laws but is a realization that we are evil and there is no good in
us. It is a realization of what we are, a true heartfelt remorse
and a resolve to obey God in all He says.
Repentance toward God results
in a change of thought, behaviour and direction of life, wherein a
person resolutely turns to God and purposes to forsake all sin and walk
in all God's commandments.
Conversion is submission to
Jesus Christ and following the lead of the Holy Spirit.
Conversion is the work God is doing in us through the power of His Holy
(Matthew 3:8 & 18:3, John 3:3-6, Acts 2:38, 3:19, Romans 2:4 &
12:2, II Corinthians 7:9-11, Philippians 1:6, Colossians 3: 1-17, II
Timothy 2:25, Jude 24)
Baptism is by complete immersion in water which demonstrates a
believer's repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal
saviour. Baptism signifies a commitment to a new way of life
governed by the spiritual laws of God, the example of Jesus Christ and
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. A believer is not baptized
into any church or other organization of man but into the Church of God.
(Matthew 3:16, Mark 16:16, Romans 6:4-5, Galatians 3:27)
Grace is the free, unmerited favour God bestows on a sinner who repents
and turns to a life of reliance on Jesus Christ and the lead of the
Holy Spirit. By grace, man comes to know God, is justified and is
saved. Through faith, the Christian remains always under grace.
(Romans 3:24, 5:2, 15-17, 21, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:7)
Salvation is deliverance from the bondage of sin and from the ultimate
penalty of sin, death. It is the gift of God, by grace through
faith in Jesus Christ not earned by personal merit or good works.
Through our acceptance of the selfless and completely voluntary
sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf, God offers eternal life in the
Kingdom of God.
(Romans 6:18, 22-23 & 8:21-23, Ephesians 2:8-9, I Peter 1:4)
Man was created mortal by God in the image of God. God formed him
of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life, endowing him with mental and spiritual faculties. He was given
dominion over all the earth with the freedom to choose to obey or
disobey his Creator. Because he chose sin, or disobedience, man
was alienated from God and can be reconciled only through the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ. Man's destiny is to inherit eternal life in the
kingdom of God.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 16-17, 3:1-13, Psalms 8:4-8, Romans 5:8-21,
Angels are created spirit beings endowed with free will. Angels
serve God as messengers and agents, are appointed to minister to those
who have salvation and will accompany Christ at His return. Angels who
disobeyed God are called demons.
(Matthew 25:31, Hebrews 1:14, Revelation 1:1, 22:6)
Satan, originally called Lucifer or “light bringer”, is an angel who
disobeyed God and who now leads the demons in the spirit realm.
He is referred to in the Bible in various ways including the devil,
adversary, evil one, murderer, liar, thief, tempter, accuser of the
brethren, prince of demons, prince of the power of the air and god of
this world. He is in constant rebellion against God. Through his
influence, Satan generates discord, deception and disobedience among
human beings. His dominion and influence as god of this world
will cease at the return of Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 3:1-5, John 8:44, Romans 5:12-21, II Corinthians 4:4, I Peter
5:8, Revelation 12:9-10, & 20:1-3)
The Church is the collective body of believers who are called by God
and in whom the Holy Spirit abides. The Church began on the Day
of Pentecost, was commissioned to preach the gospel, to teach all that
Christ has commanded, to baptize and to nurture the flock. In
fulfilling its mission, the Church looks continually to Jesus Christ,
the living head of the Church. He leads the Church in obedience
to the will of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures.
(Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:1-47, Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:13,
Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:18)
Christians are persons who have repented of their sins, accepted the
shed blood of Jesus Christ on their behalf and in whom the Holy Spirit
of God abides.
(Matthew 22:37-39, John 13:35, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:22 &
4:11-15, Colossians 1:18, I Peter 2:21, I John 2:4-6)
The gospel is the good news of the Kingdom of God, contained in the
scriptures and preached by Jesus Christ and the Apostles. It is
the good news of what God has done and will do through Christ and is
the central message of the Law, Prophets, Writings and the Later
Writings commonly called the Old and New Testaments.
(Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 24:46-48, Acts 8:12 &
Prophecy is the divine revelation of God's will and purpose for
mankind. In prophecy God reveals Himself as the one who is sovereign,
controls the course of history and reminds man that God is judge of all
and that His judgment is surely coming. Prophecy assures man of
God's love, mercy and faithfulness and motivates the believer to live a
godly life in Jesus Christ. God says He will do nothing without
first revealing it to His Church.
(Isaiah 46:9-11, Daniel 4:17, Amos 3:7, II Peter 3:14, Jude 14-15)
The Christian’s Future
The future or inheritance of Christians is eternal life in the kingdom
of God. This inheritance is reserved with God and will be
bestowed at the return of Christ as King of kings and Lord of
lords. Resurrected Christians fully born of the spirit as
brothers and sisters of Jesus will then assist Him in ruling the
(Daniel 7:27, Romans 8:16-19, I Peter 1:3-5, I John 2:25, Revelation
Unrepentant sinners are those individuals who commit the unpardonable
sin after coming to a full knowledge of God, and His laws and will for
mankind, by deliberately and ultimately rejecting Him. Their fate
is to forfeit eternal life, which is referred to in the scriptures as
the second death.
& 25:41, Revelation 20:14-15)
The Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God in the broadest sense is God's supreme sovereignty
over all things including, but not limited to, the universe and all
aspects of creation. God reigns in the Church and in the life of
all who are submissive to His will. The kingdom of God will be
established over the whole world after the return of Jesus Christ and
of its increase there will be no end.
(Daniel 2:44, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 17:20-21, I Corinthians 15:24-28,
Revelation 11:15, 21:3, 22-27 & 22:1-5)
The Holy Days
The Biblical Holy Days are a shadow of things to come and a picture of
God’s wonderful plan for the salvation for all mankind. The
Maranatha Church of God believes that these days are a gift from God,
were observed by Jesus Christ, were continued to be observed by the
Apostles and the first century church after Christ’s ascension and are
a blessing to all who avail themselves of the opportunity to worship
God on His Feast Days.
23:24-39, Isaiah 58:13-14, John 7:37, Colossians
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supported by the free will offerings of the members,
which is presently the biblical system of giving to the Church Of God.
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