2. God. We believe there is no God but one: the infinite Designer, Creator, and Sustainer of all existence in this or any universe--from eternity past to eternity future. Godís nature is triune--three perfect and eternal persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--who are one, in being as well as in purpose.
(Gen 1:1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Exod 3:13-15) And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM* hath sent me unto you. ...this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
[* Literally: Existence]
(Psalm 8:3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
(Psalm 147:4-5) He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
(Deut 6:4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
(1Kgs 8:60) That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
(Psalm 90:2) Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
(Isa 43:10-11) Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
(Isa 44:6) Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
(Isa 44:8) Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
(Isa 45:5) I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
(John 1:1-3) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made** by him; and without him was not any thing made** that was made**.
[**Greek ginomai: to cause to be, or bring into existence. Thus "All things were brought into existence by him; and without him nothing was brought into existence that exists."]
(John 8:23-24) And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he***, ye shall die in your sins.
[***The italicized word "he" is not actually present in the Greek text but is usually an implied word with this syntax. The later context in John 8:58 suggests that "he" should be omitted here, although His audience would have initially been likewise confused. Thus: "If ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins."]
(John 10:30) I and my Father are one.
(Col 1:16-19) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. and he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell
(Col 2:9) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
(Titus 3:4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared...
(Heb 1:1-3) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high
(Acts 5:3-4) But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
(John 15:26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
(Matt 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
(1John 5:7) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
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Our desire for others is that they might be saved from the penalty and power of their sins, and, as a result, enjoy a personal and joyful relationship with their Creator forever. This happens when a person places their trust only and completely in the one true God for the free gift of a full and legal pardon-based upon the death of Jesus on the cross as their substitute.
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