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The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
1. The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God
to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter
2. The One True God
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and
the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and
association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
THE ADORABLE GODHEAD
(a) Terms Defined
The terms trinity and persons, as related to the godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony
with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting
the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak with propriety
of the Lord our God, who is One Lord, as a Trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely
scriptural (examples, Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16,17).
(b) Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead
Christ taught a distinction of persons in the godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible,
because unexplained (Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Matthew 11:25-27; 28:19; 2 Corinthians
13:14; 1 John 1:3,4).
(c) Unity of the One Being of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes Him the Father and not the Son; there is that
in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes
Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore, the Father is the Begetter; the Son is
the Begotten; and the Holy Spirit is the One proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these
three persons in the godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one (John
1:18; 15:26; 17:11,21; Zechariah 14:9).
(d) Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided
in respect to the godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son
as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not
from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son
proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation, and authority. Hence, no person in the godhead either exists
or works separately or independently of the others (John 5:17-30,32,37; 8:17,18).
(e) The Title, Lord Jesus Christ
The appellation Lord Jesus Christ, is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament either to the Father
or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God (Romans 1:1-3,7; 2 John 3).