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WHO IS GOD?
  1. There is One God - (Deuteronomy 6:4;Colossians 1:16)
  2. Who has revealed himself in 3 distinct persons (Isaiah 44:6, 8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 9:35; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
    1. The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24)
    2. The Father is not begotten, but the Son is (John 3:16)
    3. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (John 15:26)
    4. The Father sent the Son (1 John 4:10)
    5. The Son and the Father send the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26)
    6. The Son redeems (Gal. 3:13)
    7. The Holy Spirit sanctifies (Rom. 15:16)
  3. In one being, essence and glory (John 10:30)
    1. The subordination of order does not imply that each of the members of the Godhead are not equal or not divine (Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 13:14; Eph. 4:4-7; 1 Pet. 1:2; Jude 20-21)
  4. Jesus is God (John 1:1,14; Ex 3:14; John 8:58; John 10:30-33; John 20:28; 2 Peter 1:1; Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38)
    1. Jesus is the only way to be made right with God  (Matthew 1:21;John 1:18;Colossians 1:15)
    2. Jesus is both fully God and fully man (Hypostatic Union) (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3, 14)
    3. Jesus was immaculately conceived (Matt. 1:25; Isaiah 14;Matthew 1:23)
    4. Jesus lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15)
    5. Jesus died on the cross for our sins (Isaiah 53:5-6)
      1. The weight of sin is death (Rom. 6:23; Isa. 59:2)
    6. Jesus became our sin on the cross (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 John 2:2; John 19:30; 1 Pet. 2:24
      1. Jesus' sacrifice is sufficient for everyone (Unlimited Invitation) (1 John 2:2, 3:16)
      2. But efficacious for only many, not all (Limited Substitutionary Atonement) (Matt. 26:28; John 10:11, 15 Matt. 25:32-33; John 17:9; Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25-27; Isaiah 53:12
      3. Jesus perfectly satisfied God's justice required for sin, for those who are saved (1 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 1:21; 25:46; Rom. 5; 1 John 2:2; Col. 2:14)
      4. Jesus' death alone is sufficient for salvation (John 1:12;Acts 16:31; 1 Peter 2:20-24)
      5. Jesus alone justifies those who are saved (Romans 5:9;Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
      6. Jesus gives his righteousness and holiness to those who are saved (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16)
        1. It comes only from Christ because those are are saved, are sinners ( Galatians 2:11-13; 1 Timothy 1:15-16; Romans 7:15-20; 1 John 1:8; 1 Peter 1:13-16)
    7. Jesus physically rose from death 3 days later (Matthew 28:6;1 Peter 1:3)
    8. Jesus physically ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:9-10)
      1. Where is the High Priest, mediator, and Advocate for the many who are saved (Romans 8:34; Heb. 6:20; 7:25; 1 Tim 2:5-6)
    9. Jesus will physically return to earth (Titus 2:13; Zechariah 14:4-11;1 Thessalonians 1:10;Revelation 3:10,19:11-16,20:1-6)
  5. The Holy Spirit is God (Romans 8:9)
    1. He has a will and distributes gifts (1 Cor. 12:11)
    2. He communicates (Acts 13:2; Acts 5:3-4)
    3. He regenerates (Titus 3:5)
    4. He baptizes those who are saved into the spiritual body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
    5. He seals up those who are saved into salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14)
    6. He is the divine teacher (1 Corinthians 2:9-12)
    7. His ministry is to bare witness to Christ Jesus (John 15:26)
  6. He is eternal (Psalm 90:2; Psalm 33:4-5. 11, 21; Psalm 41:13)
  7. He is infinite (1 Timothy 1:17)
  8. He is sovereign (Psalm 93:1; Isaiah 46:9-11)
    1. God chooses who is saved (Ephesians 1:4-5; John 6:64; 1 Peter 2:9; John 15:19)
    2. All according to His will (Romans 8:27-28; Romans 8:33)
    3. He enables those who are chosen to be saved (John 6:65; Colossians 1:12; Romans 8:3,8)
    4. He frees those who are chosen from sin (Luke 4:18; Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:21; John 8:32, 36; Romans 8:2)
    5. He leads and teaches those who are chosen into salvation (John 6:29; John 6:37; John 6:44; Romans 8:14, 16 )
    6. He alone gives spiritual eternal life (John 6:63; Romans 8:2; Romans 8:6)
    7. He transforms the lives of those who he has chosen (2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 3:11; Ezekiel 36:26)
    8. He empowers those who he has chosen to do his good will Isaiah 54:13; John 6:45; James 1:25; Romans 8:4; Romans 8:26)
    9. He keeps all those who he has saved (John 6:37, 39; John 6:47; John 6:51; John 5:57; Romans 8:38-39)
    10. He alone makes us perfect and blameless in his sight (Hebrews 12:2; John 6:39-40, 44; Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 15:53; 2 Corinthians 3:18)  
  9. He is all knowing (omniscient) (Psalm 139:1-6; Isaiah 46:9-11)
  10. He is everywhere at all times (omnipresent) (Psalm 139:7-13)
  11. He is all powerful (omnipotent) (Revelation 19:6)
  12. He is unchanging (immutable) (Malachi 3:6; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17)
  13. He is absolutely holy (Isaiah 6:3-5; Genesis 18:27; Exodus 33:20; 1 Samuel 2:2; Acts 3:14; Revelation 4:8; Hosea 11:9; Psalm 40:5)
  14. He is perfectly just (Deuteronomy 32:4)
  15. He is absolutely righteous (Exodus 9:27; Acts 3:14)
  16. He is love (1 John 4:8)
  17. He is gracious (Ephesians 2:8)
  18. He is merciful (1 Peter 1:3)
  19. He is good (Romans 8:28)
  20. He is perfection (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 46:9-11)
  21. He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 7:11)
  22. He is to be served (Matt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14)
  23. He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8)
  24. He alone is due all glory (1 Cor 10:31)
  25. Without faith in Christ Jesus as Lord God and savior:
    1. There is no eternal life (John 6:53)
    2. The flesh does not count for anything (John 6:63)
    3. Slavery to sin remains (2 Peter 2:19)
    4. Can not please God (Romans 8:10)   

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