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

SALVATION

Regeneration

We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-7John 3:3-6 (New American Standard Bible)
3Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."   4Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"   5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.   6"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; Titus 3:5Titus 3:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,   
). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24John 5:24 (New American Standard Bible)
24"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.   
) when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration (1 Corinthians 6:19-201 Corinthians 6:19-20 (New American Standard Bible)
19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?   20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.   
; Ephesians 2:10Ephesians 2:10 (New American Standard Bible)
10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.   
), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21Ephesians 5:17-20 (New American Standard Bible)
17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.   18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,   19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;   20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; Philippians 2:12Philippians 2:12 (New American Standard Bible)
12So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;   
b; Colossians 3:16Colossians 3:16 (New American Standard Bible)
16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.   
; 2 Peter 1:4-102 Peter 1:4-7 (New American Standard Bible)
4For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.   5Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,   6and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,   7and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (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.   
). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer's glorification at Christ's coming (Romans 8:17Romans 8:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.   
; 2 Peter 1:42 Peter 1:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.   
; 1 John 3:2-31 John 3:2-3 (New American Standard Bible)
2Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.   3And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.   
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Election

We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30Romans 8:28-30 (New American Standard Bible)
28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.   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;   30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.   
; Ephesians 1:4-11Ephesians 1:4-7 (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.   7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 2 Thessalonians 2:132 Thessalonians 2:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.   
; 2 Timothy 2:102 Timothy 2:10 (New American Standard Bible)
10For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.   
; 1 Peter 1:1-21 Peter 1:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen   2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.   
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We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23Ezekiel 18:23 (New American Standard Bible)
23"Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?   
, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19John 3:18-19 (New American Standard Bible)
18"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.   19"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.   
, 36; 5:40John 5:40 (New American Standard Bible)
40and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.   
; Romans 9:22-23Romans 9:22-23 (New American Standard Bible)
22What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?   23And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,   
; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-122 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (New American Standard Bible)
10and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.   11For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,   12in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.   
; Revelation 22:17Revelation 22:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17The Spirit and the bride say, "Come " And let the one who hears say, "Come " And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.   
). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40John 6:37-40 (New American Standard Bible)
37"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.   38"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.   39"This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.   40"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."   
, 44; Acts 13:48Acts 13:48 (New American Standard Bible)
48When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.   
; James 4:8James 4:8 (New American Standard Bible)
8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.   
).
We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part or to God's anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7Ephesians 1:4-7 (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.   7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace   
; Titus 3:4-7Titus 3:4-7 (New American Standard Bible)
4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,   5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,   6whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,   7so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.   
; 1 Peter 1:21 Peter 1:2 (New American Standard Bible)
2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.   
).
We teach that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16Romans 9:11-14 (New American Standard Bible)
11for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,   12it was said to her, "THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER."   13Just as it is written, "JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED."   14What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!   . . . . (click for complete reference)
). This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28Matthew 11:25-28 (New American Standard Bible)
25At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.   26"Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.   27"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.   28"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.   
; 2 Timothy 1:92 Timothy 1:9 (New American Standard Bible)
9who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,   
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Justification

We teach that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33Romans 8:33 (New American Standard Bible)
33Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies;   
) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3Luke 13:3 (New American Standard Bible)
3"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.   
; Acts 2:38Acts 2:38 (New American Standard Bible)
38Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   
; 3:19Acts 3:19 (New American Standard Bible)
19"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;   
; 11:18Acts 11:18 (New American Standard Bible)
18When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life."   
; Romans 2:4Romans 2:4 (New American Standard Bible)
4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?   
; 2 Corinthians 7:102 Corinthians 7:10 (New American Standard Bible)
10For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.   
; Isaiah 55:6-7Isaiah 55:6-7 (New American Standard Bible)
6Seek the LORD while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
7Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the LORD,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.   
) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10Romans 10:9-10 (New American Standard Bible)
9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;   10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.   
; 1 Corinthians 12:31 Corinthians 12:3 (New American Standard Bible)
3Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.   
; 2 Corinthians 4:52 Corinthians 4:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.   
; Philippians 2:11Philippians 2:11 (New American Standard Bible)
11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   
). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20Romans 3:20 (New American Standard Bible)
20because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.   
; 4:6Romans 4:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:   
) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14Colossians 2:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.   
; 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.   
) and the imputation of Christ's righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:301 Corinthians 1:30 (New American Standard Bible)
30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,   
; 2 Corinthians 5:212 Corinthians 5:21 (New American Standard Bible)
21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   
). By this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26Romans 3:26 (New American Standard Bible)
26for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.   
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Sanctification

We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer's standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32Acts 20:32 (New American Standard Bible)
32"And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.   
; 1 Corinthians 1:21 Corinthians 1:2 (New American Standard Bible)
2To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:   
, 30; 6:111 Corinthians 6:11 (New American Standard Bible)
11Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.   
; 2 Thessalonians 2:132 Thessalonians 2:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.   
; Hebrews 2:11Hebrews 2:11 (New American Standard Bible)
11For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,   
; 3:1Hebrews 3:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;   
; 10:10Hebrews 10:10 (New American Standard Bible)
10By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   
, 14; 13:12Hebrews 13:12 (New American Standard Bible)
12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.   
; 1 Peter 1:21 Peter 1:2 (New American Standard Bible)
2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.   
).
We teach that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17John 17:17 (New American Standard Bible)
17"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.   
, 19; Romans 6:1-22Romans 6:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?   2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?   3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?   4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.   . . . . (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.   
; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-41 Thessalonians 4:3-4 (New American Standard Bible)
3For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;   4that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,   
; 5:231 Thessalonians 5:23 (New American Standard Bible)
23Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.   
). In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-25Galatians 5:16-19 (New American Standard Bible)
16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.   17For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.   18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.   19Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; Ephesians 4:22-24Ephesians 4:22-24 (New American Standard Bible)
22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,   23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,   24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.   
; Philippians 3:12Philippians 3:12 (New American Standard Bible)
12Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.   
; Colossians 3:9-10Colossians 3:9-10 (New American Standard Bible)
9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,   10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him--   
; 1 Peter 1:14-161 Peter 1:14-16 (New American Standard Bible)
14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,   15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;   16because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."   
; 1 John 3:5-91 John 3:5-8 (New American Standard Bible)
5You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.   6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.   7Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;   8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
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Security

We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:24John 5:24 (New American Standard Bible)
24"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.   
; 6:37-40John 6:37-40 (New American Standard Bible)
37"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.   38"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.   39"This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.   40"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."   
; 10:27-30John 10:27-30 (New American Standard Bible)
27"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;   28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.   29"My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.   30"I and the Father are one."   
; Romans 5:9-10Romans 5:9-10 (New American Standard Bible)
9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.   10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.   
; 8:1Romans 8:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.   
, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-81 Corinthians 1:4-7 (New American Standard Bible)
4I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,   5that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,   6even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,   7so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 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.   
; 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.   
; 13:5Hebrews 13:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"   
; 1 Peter 1:51 Peter 1:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.   
; Jude 24).
We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans 6:15-22Romans 6:15-18 (New American Standard Bible)
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!   16Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?   17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,   18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 13:13-14Romans 13:13-14 (New American Standard Bible)
13Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.   14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.   
; Galatians 5:13Galatians 5:13 (New American Standard Bible)
13For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.   
, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14Titus 2:11-14 (New American Standard Bible)
11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,   12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,   13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,   14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.   
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Separation

We teach that, out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.   2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.   
, 1 Corinthians 5:9-131 Corinthians 5:9-12 (New American Standard Bible)
9I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;   10I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.   11But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.   12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?   . . . . (click for complete reference)
; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-171 John 2:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)
15Do not love the world nor the things in the world If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.   16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.   17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.   
; 2 John 9-11).
We teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-122 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)
11To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,   12so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.   
; Hebrews 12:1-2Hebrews 12:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,   2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.   
) and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12Matthew 5:2-5 (New American Standard Bible)
2He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,   3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   4"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.   5"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
) and a continual pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.   2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.   
; 2 Corinthians 7:12 Corinthians 7:1 (New American Standard Bible)
1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.   
; Hebrews 12:14Hebrews 12:14 (New American Standard Bible)
14Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.   
; Titus 2:11-14Titus 2:11-14 (New American Standard Bible)
11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,   12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,   13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,   14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.   
; 1 John 3:1-101 John 3:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)
1See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.   2Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.   3And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.   4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.   . . . . (click for complete reference)
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