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What We Teach - God
What We Teach
The Doctrinal Statement
of
Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Edmonton
 
Contents

GOD

We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4Deuteronomy 6:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!   
; Isaiah 45:5-7Isaiah 45:5-7 (New American Standard Bible)
5"I am the LORD, and there is no other;
Besides Me there is no God
I will gird you, though you have not known Me;
6That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,
7The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing well-being and creating calamity;
I am the LORD who does all these.   
; 1 Corinthians 8:41 Corinthians 8:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.   
), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24John 4:24 (New American Standard Bible)
24"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."   
), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence,1 eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19Matthew 28:19 (New American Standard Bible)
19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,   
; 2 Corinthians 13:142 Corinthians 13:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.   
)—each equally deserving worship and obedience.

God the Father

We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9Psalm 145:8-9 (New American Standard Bible)
8The LORD is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
9The LORD is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.   
; 1 Corinthians 8:61 Corinthians 8:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.   
). He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31Genesis 1:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   2The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.   3Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.   4God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; Ephesians 3:9Ephesians 3:9 (New American Standard Bible)
9and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;   
). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19Psalm 103:19 (New American Standard Bible)
19The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.   
; Romans 11:36Romans 11:36 (New American Standard Bible)
36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things To Him be the glory forever. Amen.   
). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6Ephesians 4:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.   
), but He is spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:14Romans 8:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.   
; 2 Corinthians 6:182 Corinthians 6:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18"And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,"
Says the Lord Almighty.   
). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11Ephesians 1:11 (New American Standard Bible)
11also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,   
). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:111 Chronicles 29:11 (New American Standard Bible)
11"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.   
). In His sovereignty He is neither the author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13Habakkuk 1:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor
Why do You look with favor
On those who deal treacherously?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up
Those more righteous than they?   
; John 8:38-47John 8:38-41 (New American Standard Bible)
38"I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father."   39They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father " Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham.   40"But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.   41"You are doing the deeds of your father " They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God."   . . . . (click for complete reference)
), nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:171 Peter 1:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;   
). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6Ephesians 1:4-6 (New American Standard Bible)
4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love   5He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,   6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.   
); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12John 1:12 (New American Standard Bible)
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,   
; Romans 8:15Romans 8:15 (New American Standard Bible)
15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"   
; Galatians 4:5Galatians 4:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.   
; Hebrews 12:5-9Hebrews 12:5-8 (New American Standard Bible)
5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
"MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES."   7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?   8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
).

God the Son

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 7:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.   
; Matthew 1:23Matthew 1:23 (New American Standard Bible)
23"BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."   
, 25; Luke 1:26-35Luke 1:26-29 (New American Standard Bible)
26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,   27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.   28And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."   29But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
); that He was God incarnate (John 1:1John 1:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   
, 14); and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God's kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9Psalm 2:7-9 (New American Standard Bible)
7"I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, 'You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9'You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"   
; Isaiah 9:6Isaiah 9:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.   
; John 1:29John 1:29 (New American Standard Bible)
29The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!   
; Philippians 2:9-11Philippians 2:9-11 (New American Standard Bible)
9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,   10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,   11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   
; Hebrews 7:25-26Hebrews 7:25-26 (New American Standard Bible)
25Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.   26For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;   
; 1 Peter 1:18-191 Peter 1:18-19 (New American Standard Bible)
18knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,   19but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.   
).
We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:25Romans 3:25 (New American Standard Bible)
25whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;   
; 5:8-9Romans 5:8-9 (New American Standard Bible)
8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.   
; 2 Corinthians 5:14-152 Corinthians 5:14-15 (New American Standard Bible)
14For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;   15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.   
; 1 Peter 2:241 Peter 2:24 (New American Standard Bible)
24and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.   
; 3:181 Peter 3:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;   
).
We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6Matthew 28:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.   
; Luke 24:38-39Luke 24:38-39 (New American Standard Bible)
38And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?   39"See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."   
; Acts 2:30-31Acts 2:30-31 (New American Standard Bible)
30"And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE,   31he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY.   
; Romans 4:25Romans 4:25 (New American Standard Bible)
25He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.   
; 8:34Romans 8:34 (New American Standard Bible)
34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.   
; Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 7:25 (New American Standard Bible)
25Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.   
; 9:24Hebrews 9:24 (New American Standard Bible)
24For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;   
; 1 John 2:11 John 2:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;   
).
We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus' bodily resurrection is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (John 5:26-29John 5:26-29 (New American Standard Bible)
26"For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;   27and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.   28"Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,   29and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.   
; 14:19John 14:19 (New American Standard Bible)
19"After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.   
; Romans 1:4Romans 1:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,   
; 4:25Romans 4:25 (New American Standard Bible)
25He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.   
; 6:5-10Romans 6:5-8 (New American Standard Bible)
5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,   6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;   7for he who has died is freed from sin.   8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 1 Corinthians 15:201 Corinthians 15:20 (New American Standard Bible)
20But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.   
, 23).
As the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:51 Timothy 2:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,   
), the Head of His Body the church (Ephesians 1:22Ephesians 1:22 (New American Standard Bible)
22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,   
; 5:23Ephesians 5:23 (New American Standard Bible)
23For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.   
; Colossians 1:18Colossians 1:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.   
), and the coming universal King, who will reign on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6Isaiah 9:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.   
; Luke 1:31-33Luke 1:31-33 (New American Standard Bible)
31"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.   32"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;   33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end."   
), He is the final Judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 25:14-46Matthew 25:14-17 (New American Standard Bible)
14"For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.   15"To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.   16"Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.   17"In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; Acts 17:30-31Acts 17:30-31 (New American Standard Bible)
30"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,   31because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."   
).

God the Holy Spirit

We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-131 Corinthians 2:10-13 (New American Standard Bible)
10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.   11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.   12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,   13which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.   
), emotions (Ephesians 4:30Ephesians 4:30 (New American Standard Bible)
30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.   
), will (1 Corinthians 12:111 Corinthians 12:11 (New American Standard Bible)
11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.   
), eternality (Hebrews 9:14Hebrews 9:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?   
), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10Psalm 139:7-10 (New American Standard Bible)
7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.   
), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14Isaiah 40:13-14 (New American Standard Bible)
13Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
14With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?   
), omnipotence (Romans 15:13Romans 15:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   
), and truthfulness (John 16:13John 16:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.   
). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19Matthew 28:19 (New American Standard Bible)
19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,   
; Acts 5:3-4Acts 5:3-4 (New American Standard Bible)
3But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land?   4"While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."   
; 28:25-26Acts 28:25-26 (New American Standard Bible)
25And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, "The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,   26saying,
'GO TO THIS PEOPLE AND SAY,
"YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
AND YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;   
; 1 Corinthians 12:4-61 Corinthians 12:4-6 (New American Standard Bible)
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.   5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.   6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.   
; 2 Corinthians 13:142 Corinthians 13:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.   
; Jeremiah 31:31-34Jeremiah 31:31-34 (New American Standard Bible)
31"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,   32not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD.   33"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.   34"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."   
with Hebrews 10:15-17Hebrews 10:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)
15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,
16"THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART,
AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,"
He then says,
17"AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS
I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE."   
).
We teach that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost, when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (John 14:16-17John 14:16-17 (New American Standard Bible)
16"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;   17that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.   
; 15:26John 15:26 (New American Standard Bible)
26"When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,   
) to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:131 Corinthians 12:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.   
). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9John 16:7-9 (New American Standard Bible)
7"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.   8"And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;   9concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;   
; Acts 1:5Acts 1:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."   
; 2:4Acts 2:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.   
; Romans 8:29Romans 8:29 (New American Standard Bible)
29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;   
; 2 Corinthians 3:182 Corinthians 3:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.   
; Ephesians 2:22Ephesians 2:22 (New American Standard Bible)
22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.   
).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God's revelation, the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-212 Peter 1:19-21 (New American Standard Bible)
19So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.   20But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,   21for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.   
). Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13John 16:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.   
; Romans 8:9Romans 8:9 (New American Standard Bible)
9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.   
; Ephesians 5:18Ephesians 5:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,   
; 1 John 2:201 John 2:20 (New American Standard Bible)
20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.   
, 27).
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14John 16:13-14 (New American Standard Bible)
13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.   14"He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.   
; Acts 1:8Acts 1:8 (New American Standard Bible)
8but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."   
; 1 Corinthians 12:4-111 Corinthians 12:4-7 (New American Standard Bible)
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.   5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.   6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.   7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 2 Corinthians 3:182 Corinthians 3:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.   
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We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers (1 Corinthians 12:4-111 Corinthians 12:4-7 (New American Standard Bible)
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.   5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.   6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.   7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 13:8-101 Corinthians 13:8-10 (New American Standard Bible)
8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.   9For we know in part and we prophesy in part;   10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.   
; 2 Corinthians 12:122 Corinthians 12:12 (New American Standard Bible)
12The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.   
; Ephesians 4:7-12Ephesians 4:7-10 (New American Standard Bible)
7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.   8Therefore it says,
"WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."   9(Now this expression, "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?   10He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; Hebrews 2:1-4Hebrews 2:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)
1For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.   2For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,   3how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,   4God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.   
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