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For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

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Ekklesia Church of God Beliefs and Doctrines

  We, the Ekklesia Church of God, are always examining our beliefs to see if what is revealed unto us by The Holy Spirit is understood as it pleases God. The following is a brief inconclusive summary of what we believe the word of God teaches. We urge you to study and examine these doctrines carefully by scriptural research and remember, God will continue to open your mind to and reveal more of His Truths and Principles as your understanding, and the proper application of God’s way in your day to day life increases.

 

Comment on Tolerance

  We do not expect everyone to see, understand, nor agree with what we understand the Bible teaches. As such we respect the right and freedom of others to have different views, beliefs and practices which they have chosen to adhere to as their way of living. Jesus said,No man can come to Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44 KJV Rev) Following God's way of life is your choice: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live:” (Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV Rev)

 

Judgement Reserved by God

  We feel that you will be individually judged by what you do with the knowledge you understand. “For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified…” (Romans 2:11-13 KJV Rev) “Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17 KJV Rev)

  Having just stated the foregoing, we are to be judged by God according to God’s word not by our fellow human beings. God sets the standards of conduct acceptable to Him and is very capable of enforcing those standards when He deems the time is appropriate. Therefor Revelation 22:12-15 states:And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie. (KJV Rev).

People are set apart (sanctified) by God:Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” John 17:17 (KJV Rev). If your life style or conduct is contrary to God’s word, then you are “living a lie.” God Himself will judge you accordingly in His time.

Your relationship with your Creator is a personal matter that you alone must decide: “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed [God's word], not in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12 KJV Rev)

 

Biblical Teachings and Insights

1.  In the beginning God [Hebrew: Elohiym uni-plural word means Gods] created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1).  "And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created He them." [Male and female are created in the image of the God family] (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV Rev)

2.  “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” [Creation Sabbath made holy] (Genesis 2:2-3 KJV Rev)

3.  And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the LORD [Jehovah or Yhovah Hebrew, exact pronunciation is in dispute] your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above; or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:1-17).

4.  Hear, 0 Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one (in agreement as the God Family)! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

5.  You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD (Leviticus 19:18). (Quoted in Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:29-3 1.)

6.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

7.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).

8.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8).

9.  Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4).

10. Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ [Iesous or Yeshua the Messiah], through whom are all things, and through whom we live (1 Corinthians 8:6).

11. For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

12. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).

13. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

14. Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

15. For if when 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 (Romans 5:10).

16. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).

17. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (l John 1:8-2:1).

18. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3-4).

19. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

20. Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment (Hebrews 6: 1-2).

21. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:2 7).

22. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).

23. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).

24. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever! (Revelation 11:15)

25. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years (Here are two resurections revealed in Revelation 20:4-6).

26. “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father; when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:24)

27. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:3-5).

28. We know that as we are led to more understanding by the Holy Spirit, as we study the Bible, our Understanding of Biblical Doctrines will change as we become more attuned to God’s word and His will; therefor this is subject to revision.

Further Biblical Teachings and Insights will be e-mailed upon request.

Comments welcomed: ecog@live.com

Document Revised January 28, 2012 CE

 


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