The Declaration of Faith and Doctrinal Commitments

 

Declaration of Faith


The Declaration of Faith is the Church of God's doctrinal standard. It articulates both an evangelical and Pentecostal doctrinal position with Wesleyan influences.

 

The following is a summary of the Declaration of Faith:

 

 

1) The Church of God believes in the verbal inspiration of the Bible


2) It believes in one God existing as a Trinity


3) It believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. It also believes in Christ's Death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.


4) It believes that all have sinned and that repentance is both commanded by God and necessary for forgiveness.


5) It believes that justification, regeneration, and the new birth is made possible by faith in Christ's blood.


6) It believes that, after the new birth, sanctification is acquired through faith in Christ, through the Word of God, and by the Holy Spirit.


7) It believes that holiness is God's standard of living for his people, the church.


8) It believes in receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit subsequent to a "clean heart".


9) It believes that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of baptism with the Holy Spirit.


10) It believes in believer's baptism by immersion using the Trinitarian formula.


11) It believes that divine healing is provided for all in Christ's atonement.


12) It believes in observing the Lord's Supper and foot washing.


13) It believes in the premillenial Second Coming of Christ.


14) It believes in the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life and the wicked to eternal punishment.

 

Practical Commitments

 

1) The Church of God offers its members guidelines for Christians living called Practical Commitments. A summary is given below.

 

Spiritual Example: Demonstrate commitment to Christ through the practice of the spiritual disciplines (prayer, praise, worship, confession, fasting, meditation and Bible study); demonstrate commitment to the body of Christ through good stewardship.

 

 

Moral Purity: Engage in activities which glorify God in the body and which avoid the fulfillment of the lust of the flesh. Sinful practices condemned include: "homosexuality, gossip, adultery, worldly attitudes (such as hatred, envy, jealousy), corrupt communication (such as gossip, angry outbursts, filthy words), stealing, murder, drunkenness, and witchcraft". Christians are to read, watch and listen to those things which are of positive benefit to spiritual well-being and not to attend or watch performances of a demoralizing nature.

 

 

Personal Integrity: Live in a manner that inspires trust and confidence, bearing the fruit of the Spirit and seeking to manifest the character of Christ in all behavior.

 

 

Family responsibility: The family is foundational to society and the church; Christian worship and discipleship should begin in the home. Marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman the only biblical allowance for divorce is fornication. Remarriage after divorce should only occur after a thorough understanding of and submission to scriptural instruction. God created men and women with different characteristics and different responsibilities. Divine harmony is maintained when the husband is head of the home, parents nurture and admonish their children, and children obey and honor their parents.

  

Doctrinal Commitments 

The following Doctrinal Commitments represent the core beliefs of the denomination as outlined in Scripture.

 

  • Repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.

  • Justification. Romans 5:1; Titus 3:7.

  • Regeneration. Titus 3:5.

  • New birth. John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9.

  • Sanctification subsequent to justification. Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12.

  • Holiness. Luke 1:75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14.

  • Water baptism. Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:36, 38.

  • Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the enduement of power for service. Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8.

  • The speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost. John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7.

  • The Church. Exodus 19:5, 6; Psalm 22:22; Matthew 16:13-19; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 7:38; 20:28; Romans 8:14-17: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 12:12-31; 2 Corinthians 6:6-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:9, 21; Phillippians 3:10; Hebrews 2:12; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:6, 7; Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17.

  • Spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1.

  • Signs following believers. Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.

  • Fruit of the Spirit. Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.

  • Divine healing provided for all in the Atonement. Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24.

  • The Lord's Supper. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11 : 2 3 - 2 6.

  • Washing the saints' feet. John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:9, 10.

  • Tithing and giving. Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Luke 11:42 ; 1 Corinthians 16:2 ; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 ; Hebrews 7:1-21.

  • Restitution where possible. Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8, 9.

 

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  • Repentance: 

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  • Mark 1:15; “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
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  • Luke 13:3; “I tell you, Nay: except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

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  • Acts 3:19; “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

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  • Justification:

  • Romans 5:1; "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through out Lord Jesus Christ."

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  • Titus 3:7; "That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

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  • Regeneration:

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  • Titus 3:5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."

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  • New birth:

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  • John 3:3; "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

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  • 1 Peter 1:23; "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."

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  • 1 John 3:9. "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."

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  • Sanctification subsequent to justification:

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  • Romans 5:2; "By whom also we have access by faith into his grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

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  • 1 Corinthians 1:30; "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."

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  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3;"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication."

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  • Hebrews 13:12."Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."

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  • Holiness:

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  • Luke 1:75; "In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life."

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  • 1 Thessalonians 4:7; "For God hath not called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness."

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  • Hebrews 12:14 "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."

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  • Water baptism:

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  • Matthew 28:19; "And as they went to tell his decibels, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him."

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  • Mark 1:9-10;

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  • 9. "And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

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  • 10. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heaves opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him."

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  • John 3:22-23;

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  • 22. "After these things came Jesus and his decibels into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

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  • 23. “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized."

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  • Acts 8:36, 38;

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  • 36. "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?"

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  • 38. “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Phillip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."

 

Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the enduement of power for service:

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  • Matthew 3:11; "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier that I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire."

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  • Luke 24:49, 53;

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  • 49. "And, behold, I send you the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."

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  • 53. “And were continually in the temple, praising God. Amen.”

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  • Acts 1:4-8;

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  • 4. "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

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  • 5. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

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  • 6.When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

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  • 7. And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath out in his own power.

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  • 8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth."

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  • The speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost:

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  • John 15:26; "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me."

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  • Acts 2:4; And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

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  • Acts 10:44-46;

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  • 44. "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

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  • 45. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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  • 46. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,"

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  • Acts 19:1-7;

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  • 1. "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples.

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  • 2. He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

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  • 3. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.

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  • 4. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance,saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

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  • 5.When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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  • 6. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophecies.

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  • 7.And all the men were about twelve."

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  • The Church:

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  • Exodus 19:5-6;

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  • 5. "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.

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  • 6. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel."

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  • Psalm 22:22; "I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee."

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  • Matthew 16:13-19;

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  • 13. "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

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  • 14. And they said, Some say that thou are John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

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  • 15. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

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  • 16. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

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  • 17. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Behold art thou, Simon-Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

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  • 18. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

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  • 19. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

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  • Matthew 28:19,20;

     

  • 19. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

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  • 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

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  • Acts 1:8;"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

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  • Acts 2:42-47;

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  • 42. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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  • 43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

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  • 44. And all that believed were together, and had all thins common.

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  • 45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every mad had need.

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  • 46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.

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  • 47. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

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  • Acts 7:38 “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us."

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  • Acts 20:28 "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."

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  • Romans 8:14-17:

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  • 14. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

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  • 15. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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  • 16.The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

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  • 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

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  • 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17;

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  • 16. Know ye not that ye are the temple go God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

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  • 17"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

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  • I Corinthians 12:12-31;

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  • 12. “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

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  • 13"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

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  • 14. For the body is not one member, but many.

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  • 15. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

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  • 16. And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

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  • 17. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

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  • 18. But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him.

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  • 19. And if they were all one member, where were the body?

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  • 20. But now are they many members, yet but one body.

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  • 21. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

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  • 22. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary.

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  • 23. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

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  • 24. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

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  • 25. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

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  • 26. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoiced with it.

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  • 27. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

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  • 28. And god hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of hearings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

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  • 29. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

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  • 30. Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

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  • 31. But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet whew I unto you a more excellent way."

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  • 2 Corinthians 6:6-18;

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  • 6. “By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.

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  • 7. By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.

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  • 8. By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true.

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  • 9. As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed.

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  • 10. As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

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  • 11. O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.

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  • 12. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.

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  • 13. Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

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  • 14. By ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

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  • 15. And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

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  • 16. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as god hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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  • 17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

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  • 18. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

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  • Ephesians 2:19-22;

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  • 19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

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  • 20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

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  • 21. In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord.

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  • 22. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."

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  • Ephesians 3:9, 21;

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  • 9. “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ."

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  • 21."Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

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  • Philippians 3:10; "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."

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  • Hebrews 2:12; "Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee."

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  • 1 Peter 2:9; "Buy ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should whew forth the praises of him who that called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

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  • 1 John 1:6-7;

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  • 6. "if we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

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  • 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all our sin."

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  • Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17. verse

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  • 2. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

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  • 9. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will whew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife."

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  • Revelation 22:17 "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hearth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

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  • Spiritual gifts:

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  • 1 Corinthians 12:1,7,10, 28, 31

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  • 1. “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant."

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  • 7. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."

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  • 10."To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to a mother discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues."
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  • 28. "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of hearings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues."
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  • 31"But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way."

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  • 1 Corinthians 14:1"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophecy."

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  • Signs following believers:

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  • Mark 16:17-20;

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  • 17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

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  • 18. They shall; take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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  • 19. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up inmto heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

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  • 20. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following, Amen.”

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  • Romans 15:18-19;

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  • 18. “For I will not dare to speak of any 0f those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

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  • 19. through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”

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  • Hebrews 2:4; “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?

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  • Fruit of the Spirit:

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  • Romans 6:22; "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life."

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  • Galatians 5:22-23;

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  • 22. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.

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  • 23.Meekness, temperance,: against such there is no law."

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  • Ephesians 5:9; "For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth."

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  • Philippians 1:11; "Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."

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  • Divine healing provided for all in the Atonement:

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  • Psalm 103:3; "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."

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  • Isaiah 53:4, 5;

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  • 4. "Surely he hath borne out griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."

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  • 5. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

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  • Matthew 8:17; "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness."

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  • James 5:14-16; verse

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  • 14. "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."verse

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  • 15. "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

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  • 16. "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

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  • 1 Peter 2:24."Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."

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  • The Lord's Supper:

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  • Luke 22:17-20; verse

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  • 17. "And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves.

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  • 18. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

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  • 19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

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  • 20. Likewise also the sup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."

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  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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  • 23. "For I have received of the lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread.

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  • 24. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

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  • 25. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

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  • 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do whew the Lord's death till he come."

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  • Washing the saints' feet:

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  • John 13:4-17;

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  • 4. “He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself.

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  • 5. After that He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.

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  • 6. Then cometh He to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto Him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

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  • 7. Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

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  • 8. Peter saith unto Him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, if I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

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  • 9. Simon Peter saith unto Him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

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  • 10. Jesus saith unto him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

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  • 11. For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, Ye are not all clean.

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  • 12. So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

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  • 13. Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

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  • 14. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

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  • 15. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

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  • 16. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

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  • 17. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

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  • 1 Timothy 5:9-10.

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  • 9. "Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.

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  • 10. Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saint's feet, if she have relived the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work."

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  • Tithing and giving:

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  • Genesis 14:18-20; verse

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  • 18. “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

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  • 19. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.

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  • 20. And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all."

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  • Genesis 28:20-22;

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  • 20. "And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to ear, and raiment to put on.

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  • 21. So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God.

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  • 22. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee."

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  • Malachi 3:10; "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

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  • Luke 11:42; "But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."

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  • 1 Corinthians 16:2; "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."

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  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 ;

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  • 6. "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

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  • 7. Every man according as he purposed in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for god liveth a cheerful giver.

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  • 8. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

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  • 9. As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever."

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  • Hebrews 7:1-21;

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  • 1. “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

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  • 2. To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

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  • 3. Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

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  • 4. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.

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  • 5. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

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  • 6. But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

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  • 7. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

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  • 8. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

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  • 9. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham,

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  • 10. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

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  • 11. If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,)what further need was there that another priest shouls rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

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  • 12. For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

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  • 13. For he of whom these things are spoken peetaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

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  • 14. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

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  • 15. And it is yet far more evident: for after the similitude of Melchisdec there ariseth another priest,

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  • 16. Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

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  • 17. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

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  • 18. For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

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  • 19. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

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  • 20. And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:

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  • 21. (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Mechisedec:)”

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  • Restitution where possible:

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  • Matthew 3:8; "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance."

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  • Luke 19:8-9;

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  • 8. "And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

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  • 9. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham."
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  • Premillennial second coming of Jesus:

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  • First to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air.

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  • 1 Corinthians 15:52"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

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  • 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 verse

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  • 15. "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

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  • 16. For the Lord himself shall defend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

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  • 17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

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  • 2 Thessalonians 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him."

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  • Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years:

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  • Zachariah 14:4 "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south."

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  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14 "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."

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  • 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10;

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  • 7. "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.

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  • 8. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • 9. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from glory of his power.

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  • 10. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe because our testimony among you was believed in that day."

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  • Jude 14,15;

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  • 14."And Enoch also. the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.

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  • 15. To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

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  • Revelation 5:10,"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."

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  • Revelation 19:11-21.

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  • 11. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

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  • 12. His eyes were as a flame on fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

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  • 13. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

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  • 14. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

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  • 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepresses of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

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  • 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

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  • 17. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God.

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  • 18. That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

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  • 19. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

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  • 20. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

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  • 21. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."

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  • Revelation 20:4-6

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  • 4. "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

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  • 5. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

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  • 6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

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  • Resurrection:

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  • John 5:28-29;

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  • 28. "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice.

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  • 29. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

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  • Acts 24:15 "And have hoped toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust."

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  • Revelation 20:5-6

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  • 5. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

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  • 6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

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  • Eternal life for the righteous:

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  • Mathew 25:46 "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into eternal life."

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  • Luke 18:30 "Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting."

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  • John 10:28 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

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  • Romans 6:22 "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life."

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  • 1 John 5:11-13;

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  • 11."And this record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

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  • 12. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

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  • 13. These things have i written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

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  • Eternal punishment for the wicked: No liberation nor annihilation.

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  • Mathew 25:41-46;

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  • 41."Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

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  • 42. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink.

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  • 43. I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick and in prison, and ye visited me not.

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  • 44. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

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  • 45. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

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  • 46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."

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  • Mark 3:29 "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."

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  • 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

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  • 8. "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • 9. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."

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  • Revelation 20:10-15

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  • 10. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

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  • 11. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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  • 12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were jugged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

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  • 13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

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  • 14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

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  • 15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

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  • Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving , and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." 

 

 

 

 

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