I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ made the full, unlimited, vicarious atonement for the sins of the world of on the cross in order that all mankind might be saved. The atonement is a ransom that involved the vicarious suffering of Christ and His substitutionary death on the cross (Rom 5:8; II Cor 5:21; Heb 2:9).
Atonement was taught throughout the Old Testament, specifically through the ordinances and sacrifices as seen in the Old Testament through the Tabernacle, its furnishings, and its function. Atonement is fulfilled in the New Testament by the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:29; I Cor 15:1-4; Heb 9 & 10; I John 2:2).
Repentance is necessary for salvation as it involves a turning from sin to the Lord Jesus Christ. This turning from sin involves a change of mind that includes a change in view with regard to one’s personal sinfulness and the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Repentance affects the intellect, the emotions and the will (Acts 2:37-38; II Cor 7:9-10; I Thess 1:9). It is a change of one’s will, a turn from sin to God by a confession of sin in order to seek pardon and cleansing from God by faith. Furthermore, I believe repentance is a gift from God that is given through the preaching of the gospel, the teaching of the Word and the grace of God (Matt 9:13; Luke 24:47; Rom 2:4; II Tim 2:25; II Pet 3:9).
Faith is a total voluntary act that involves the trust and belief on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ for our complete salvation (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 5:1). Faith is a gift from God given by the Holy Spirit that goes beyond intellect and the emotions to the will (Heb 11:1; John 1:12; Rom 3:28, 10:8-10). Saving faith is distinguished from dead faith by resulting works (James 2:26).
Justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares sinners righteous by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness (Rom 3:24-26; II Cor 5:21). I believe that God justifies those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ by faith (Gal 2:16) based on the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Rom 5:9). Justification is not the result of any works of righteousness that one may do, but one is declared righteous after having placed his faith in Christ alone (Eph 1:7; Titus 3:5-7). Justification by faith imputed on Old Testament believers is the same justification by faith imputed on believers in the New Testament (Rom 4). The just are saved and live by faith (Gal 3:6-12).
Regeneration is the supernatural impartation of the “new nature” that occurs instantaneously as an act of God when a person repents of his sin and receives Christ as his Savior (John 1:13; II Cor 5:17). I believe regeneration is one’s spiritual birth as they are quickened or made spiritually alive in Christ (I Pet 1:23; John 3:3-7). Regeneration is the process in which the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, thereby giving him a transformed spiritual life (Eph 4:22-24; II Pet 1:4). It is the proof of one’s salvation (John 3:5-7; Titus 3:5).
Adoption is the act of the Holy Spirit of God whereby the believer experiences a change in position before God from a lost sinner to a son (Gal 4:5-8; Eph 1:5). I believe at the time of salvation, the new believer is made a son of God, becomes joint-heir with Christ, is delivered from the law, becomes an object of God’s love and receives Fatherly chastisement (John 1:12-13, 17:13; Rom 8:14-17; I John 3:1; Heb 12:5-11). Adoption is consummated as we receive the “redemption of our body” at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 8:23).
G. Eternal Security
Salvation is solely by grace through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and is totally the gift of God (I Cor 15:1-4; Eph 2:8-9). I believe that those who are saved can know that they are eternally secure (I John 5:13; II Tim 1:12). No man is ever able to take one of Christ’s sheep from Him; God will never leave or forsake the believer (John 10:27-30; Heb 13:5). The Holy Spirit eternally seals us until the day of our redemption (Eph 4:30).
Sanctification is the process whereby a believer is set apart from the world unto God’s service. I believe it is the work of the Holy Spirit in a man’s heart to make him holy as the believer yields to the will of God in his life (I Cor 6:11; I Thess 4:3, 5:23; II Thess 2:13-15). The believer is not to be conformed to the world, but transformed as he walks after the Spirit and not after the flesh (Rom 8:1, 4-5; 12:1-2).
God also expects the believer to be active in achieving his sanctification – to be separating himself unto God and from the things of the world (I Pet 1:16; Col 3: 1-2). In addition, with reference to time, sanctification has three aspects: past, present, and future. In the past, God sanctified the believer at the moment of salvation (Rom 1:7; I Cor 1:2, 6:11). In the present, the believer is to be continually sanctifying or separating himself throughout life (Rom 6:6, 19; I John 2:15; II Cor 6:14-7:1). Lastly, complete sanctification and glorification will occur in the future when the believer is in God’s presence for all eternity (I Thess 5:23).
I. Election and Predestination
I believe in the election of the believer by the fact that God in His omniscience knows who is and who is not going to be saved (I Pet 1:1-2). The elect are those who, as a being with a free will to choose, receive Christ as their Savior (II Pet 3:9). I believe that those who are saved are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ, for we will be like Him (Eph 1:4-5). God’s sovereignty and man’s free will in salvation is difficult to be comprehended in the human mind. As we enter the Gates of Heaven, we will see the sign – “WHOSOEVER WILL MAY COME” – as we enter into the Gates of Heaven and look back at the gate, we will see the sign – “GOD’S ELECT.”