OFG Beliefs: Full Statement

OFG Beliefs

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42 (AV)

The Godhead. The Godhead: the single, indivisible and only true Godhead, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit finding full identity and revelation in Jesus Christ the express image of God. The identity of the Godhead is revealed exclusively in the Holy Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments.[1]

Jesus Christ the Son of God. The person of Jesus Christ, being God Himself manifest in the flesh,[2] was born of the virgin, lived a sinless life,[3] died upon the cross and was resurrected from the grave on the third day.[4] He is the full and final revelation of the eternal character and person of God.[5] He is the only-begotten Son of God and the final Prophet of the biblical revelation, in both the Old and New Testaments.[6] He is the Living Word of God, Deity, both truly God and truly man,[7] the Supreme Creator, Supreme Judge and Lord of all.[8]

The Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is the revealed Word of God written, God-breathed, comprising of 66 books recorded by holy men of old divinely inspired by the Spirit of God.[9] The Bible is divided into two chief sections: The Old Testament–39 books from Genesis to Malachi and The New Testament–27 books from Matthew to Revelation. The Godhead has sovereignly preserved and progressively dispensed the Bible throughout the ages for His people[10] and they are a certain and faithful prophetic witness of authority concerning the revealed will of God to mankind.[11] Only through express revelation of the Holy Spirit the Bible can be truly interpreted and received to the heart as to ascertain and understand the divine truth at any time; therefore, the Bible is not open to the private interpretation of any person, persons, institution or institutions. The words of the Holy Bible are not to be, by any means, added to or subtracted from, making the Bible all sufficient and complete in its final form. Those who would add to, or subtract from the Bible bring upon themselves the plagues and eternal consequences recorded therein.[12]

The Sovereignty of God. The Most High God, the Supreme Creator of all things, through His infallible foreknowledge, immutable counsel and absolute power, ordains, governs and directs all created realities, whether animate or inanimate, corporeal or incorporeal, to serve His inviolable purposes. Through the word of His power, He expressly and personally sustains all creation to the extent that its very existence hangs upon the exercise of His sovereign will.[13] Under His sovereign agency, the Almighty God brings to pass all events, which take place in the history of creation either by divine ordination or divine permission. The sovereignty of God extends through to the realities of good and evil in both their existence and performance; nevertheless, God is neither the author of sin nor in any way unrighteous in conduct.[14]

The Fall of Man. Mankind, through the fall of our first ancestors from the state of human perfection both spiritually and physically, has since, suffered from an inherited corruption of their entire being which the Bible terms, ‘sin’, and by extension, ‘the flesh’.[15] The nature of mankind with every faculty the human being possesses is now inherently ruined and subjected to the corruption of sin, which produces all manner of evil conduct.[16] This state of sinful corruption results in eternal death both spiritually and physically.[17]

Salvation by Grace Through Faith. Gospel salvation is attributed to the free grace of God alone,[18] received through God given repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, apart from works of the Divine Law or of a personal nature.[19] The resulting fruits of salvation in Jesus Christ are defined as: in the temporal sense, divinely gifted obedience, righteousness, holiness and works of justifying faith;[20] and in the eternal sense, to be pardoned and saved from the divine penalty for sin which is eternal condemnation, torment and death, both spiritually and physically. In finality, those saved are to be wholly released into absolute freedom from bondage to and the fruits of sin, both spiritually and physically through the attainment of immortality.[21]

Election and Predestination. Salvation is the free gift of God and is issued to the elect, who have been predestined in Christ from the foundation of the world to salvation, conformity to the image of Christ and everlasting life. The elect are predestined according to the foreknowledge of God and their salvation accomplished by the determinate counsel of God in Christ before the world began.[22] All peoples outside of this group, in judgment for their own sin and rejection of God and the Gospel are appointed to everlasting damnation.[23] The elect have been chosen by God to attain salvation in Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will and not by any of their own personal merits or attributes.[24] God, while being sovereign agent in election and predestination, does not violate the free will and agency of His creatures, but rather incorporates them into the greater operation of His salvific plan in Christ, giving place to creaturely responsibility for sin in judgment and reward for well doing in salvation.[25]

The Atonement Sacrifice. Jesus Christ is understood to be the final substitutionary sacrifice of atonement presented by the Father to redeem those elected to salvation from the foundation of the world.[26] The blood of Jesus Christ was shed at Calvary and His body broken for the remission of sins of the world according to the new covenant of grace.[27] This was done in order to purchase believers back from the dominion of death and liberate them from the powers of darkness, redeeming them to God.[28] A unique quality of the atonement sacrifice is the grace given to receive divine healing of the physical body. This healing is distributed sovereignly at the personal discretion and will of God through any of several means chosen by Him.[29]

Water Baptism. Water baptism is to be undertaken in obedience to the commandment of Jesus Christ upon faith to salvation. Confessing believers are to be baptized into Christ by immersion, for the remission of sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.[30] Water baptism is symbolic of the new spiritual birth, or regeneration, which has taken place upon salvation identifying them with the death and resurrection of Christ.[31] Because of the spiritual and cognitive requirements needed to qualify for water baptism, it is only for spiritually conscious believers and does not extend to infants.[32]

The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment. He animates the unregenerate to salvation and affects inward spiritual rebirth and reformation.[33] The Holy Spirit is given to indwell within every believer upon salvation. He indwells the believer as a seal of salvation, sanctifies them and through Spirit Baptism endues them with power for Christian life and service.[34] The Holy Spirit leads, comforts, teaches, empowers and fully sanctifies believers.[35] Through the work of the Holy Spirit, believers are transformed from the state of depravity in sin into a state of sanctification affecting righteousness and holiness of life and conduct and separation from the world.[36] At the discretion of the Holy Spirit, believers are given particular spiritual gifts of a supernatural nature for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God.[37]

The Second Coming of Christ & the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus Christ is prophesied to return to the earth a second time to execute judgment upon its inhabitants.[38] His return will be globally witnessed and will occur at the conclusion of a severe period of tribulation taking place in the earth.[39] The dead in Christ will be resurrected and those believers, who are still alive, together with them, will be received up into the presence of the Lord and glorified as He comes in the clouds with great glory.[40] At the appearing of Jesus Christ the wicked and unrepentant enemies of God and rejecters of the Gospel will be judged and destroyed and a 1000 year millennial reign of the Kingdom of God will begin where Jesus Christ rules the nations with a rod of iron as King over all the earth. At the close of this millennial reign, satanic influence will excite the nations to a final rebellion against the Kingdom of God only to be destroyed by fire in consummation of the divine judgment, permanently eliminating all satanic influence from the earth.[41]

Resurrection and Judgment. At the coming of Jesus Christ, the saints of the Christian and patriarchal ages will be resurrected and stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of their works done in the body receiving their due rewards.[42] Following the Millennial Kingdom, the dead of all the ages will be resurrected in the body at the last day. At this resurrection all will be required to stand before the great white throne of God and be judged personally, giving an account of their lives before God. Books will be opened, including the book of life and all the dead will be judged for their deeds according to what is written in the books. Those whose names are not written in the book of life will be cast into the Lake of Fire. [43]

The New Heavens and New Earth. After the final judgment of mankind a new heavens and new earth will be inaugurated. The former heavens and earth will pass away, the supernatural regeneration of a new heavens and earth will occur and the heavenly realities–the New Jerusalem and Tabernacle of God–will descend in consummation of the new heavens and earth. The complete manifest presence of God and the Lamb will be centrally present in New Jerusalem where His people will dwell with Him. There the nations that are saved will bring their honor and glory into New Jerusalem according its world governance. No evil thing or abomination will be present in this new heavens and new earth. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be permitted entrance.[44]

 

 

[1] Gen. 1:1-2, 26; 3:22; 11:5-7; Ps. 2:12; Prov. 30:4; Isa. 6:8; Zech. 4:6; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:18-20; Luke 3:21-22; 2Cor. 3:17-18; 13:14; Col. 1:15-17; 2:9; 1Tim. 3:16; 1Pet. 1:2; 1Jn. 5:7; Rev. 1:12-18

[2] John 1:14; 3:31-36; 8:58; 10:30; 14:9; Php. 2:5-11; 1Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1-3; 1Pet. 1:19-21; 1Jn. 3:5, 8

[3] Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Matt. 1:20-25; Luke 1:26-35; Heb. 4:15; 5:9; 7:26; 9:14; 1Pet. 1:19

[4] Matt. 27:33-50; 28:1-10; Mark. 15:22-37; 16:1-8; Luke 23:32-46; 24:1-10; Acts 10:39-40; John 2:22; 19:16-30; 20:1-18; Rom. 1:4; 1Cor. 1:23; 15:3-8

[5] John 5:22-27; 8:18-19; 10:30; 14:8-11; 2Cor. 4:6; Col. 1:15-20; 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:12-18

[6] Deut. 18:15-18; Isa. 42:1-4; 52:13-53:12; Ps. 2:12; Prov. 30:4; Matt. 13:57; Luke 24:19; John 3:16-18; Acts 3:22; 10:38; 13:33; 1Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5; 5:5; 1Jn. 4:9

[7] John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 3:16-18; 8:23; 20:17, 26-28; Col. 1:15-20; 2:9; Php. 2:5-11; 1Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 19:13

[8] John 1:1-3; 5:22-30; Acts 17:30-31; Eph. 3:9; Php. 2:10-11; Col. 1:13-17; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 19:11-16

[9] Exod. 17:14; 24:7; 31:18; Deut. 9:10; 17:18; 28:58; Jos. 1:8; 24:26; Isa. 30:8; Jer. 36:4; Dan. 12:4; 2Tim. 3:16; 2Pet. 1:21; Rev. 1:11

[10] Deut. 31:26; Ps. 12:6-7; 2Kgs. 22:8-13; Neh. 8:5-8; Isa. 40:8; Dan. 12:4; Mark 12:26; Luke 20:42-43; John 17:17; 1Pet. 1:25; 2Pet. 1:21

[11] Deut. 29:29; Jos. 1:8; 23:6; Ps. 1:1-2; 119:105; 138:2; Isa. 8:20; 34:16; Luke 4:4; John 10:35; Acts 6:7; 12:24; Tit. 1:3; 2Pet. 1:19

[12] Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:6; Isa. 29:10-12; Luke 24:25-27, 44-45; John 16:13; 1Cor. 2:10-16; 2Cor. 3:3-6; 2Pet. 1:20; 2Pet. 3:16; 1Jn. 2:27; Rev. 22:18-19

[13] Gen. 1:1; Job 12:10; 23:13-14; 38:1-5; Ps. 139:1-4; 145:13-16; Isa. 46:9-10; Dan. 4:35; Acts 2:23; 17:24-28; Rom. 1:20; 13:1-4; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:1-3; 1Pet. 1:2

[14] 1Sam. 2:6-8; 1Kgs. 22:20-22; Job 1:6-12; Ps. 92:15; Isa. 10:6-7; 45:7; 46:9-10; Dan. 2:20-22; 4:35; Amos 3:6; Hab. 1:13; Matt. 10:29-30; Acts 14:16; 15:18; 17:28; Rom. 13:1

[15] Gen. 2:15-17; 3:17-19; Lev. 4:1-3; Ps. 19:12-13; 51:5; Isa. 48:8; John 8:34-36; Rom. 1:28; 3:9-19, 23; 5:12; 7:18; Eph. 2:1-3

[16] Eccl. 7:20; 1Kgs 8:46; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 15:18-20; Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 3:9-19; 7:18; 8:7-8; Gal. 3:22; Jas. 1:13-15; 1Jn. 1:8-10

[17] Ps. 9:17; Ezek. 18:4, 20; Matt. 5:29-30; 10:28; John 8:24; Rom. 2:4-11; 6:23; 8:7-8, 13; Gal. 5:19-21; 1Cor. 6:9-10; Rev. 21:8

[18] Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:24-27; John 1:16-17; Rom. 3:21-24; 4:4-8; 6:23; 11:5-6; Eph. 2:8-10; 2Tim. 1:8-10; Tit. 3:4-7; 1Pet. 5:10

[19] Isa. 64:6; Hab. 2:4; Acts 2:38; 4:12; 11:18; 13:39, 48; John 3:16; 6:29; Rom. 1:17; 2:4; 4:1-8; 5:1-2; 6:23; 11:5-6; Eph. 2:8-10; Gal. 2:16; 3:11, 24; 5:4; 2Tim. 2:25; Tit. 3:4-7

[20] Rom. 6:22; 8:10-14; Tit. 2:11-14; Heb. 12:14; Jas. 2:22; 1Pet. 1:2, 14-16; 2Pet. 1:3-4; 1Jn. 3:3-10; Rev. 19:8

[21] Matt. 1:21; John 3:16; 8:34-36; Rom. 2:6-7; 5:9, 18; 6:23; 8:23; 1Cor. 15:53-54; 1Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2Tim. 1:8-10

[22] Joel 2:32; Matt. 7:21; 22:8-14; John 6:37, 44; 10:27-29; 17:9; Acts 2:21-23; 11:18 13:48; 16:14; Rom. 8:28-33; 9:11-24; Eph. 1:4, 11; 2Thess. 2:13-14; 1Tim. 5:21; 2Tim. 2:25; 1Pet. 1:2; 2:9; Rev. 17:14; 19:7-9

[23] Job 21:29-30; Prov. 16:4; Matt. 7:13-14, 21-23; John 17:9; Rom. 9:11-24; 1Thess. 5:9; 1Pet. 2:8; Jude 1:4; Rev. 20:15

[24] Deut. 7:6-8; 14:2; Ps. 89:3-4; Rom. 3:23-24; 5:6-8; 8:28-33; 9:11-24; Gal. 1:15; 2:21; 5:4; Eph. 1:4, 11; 2:8-10; 2Tim. 1:8-10; Tit. 3:4-7

[25] Deut. 30:19; Jos. 24:15, 20; Ezek. 18:23-27, 30-32; Matt. 16:24-27; John 15:5-6; Rom. 2:6-11; 11:22; 2Tim 2:20-21

[26] Isa. 52:13-53:12; Rom. 3:25; 5:6-11; 2Cor. 5:18-21; Heb. 7:25-27; 9:11-15, 22-28; 1Pet. 2:24; 3:18; 1Jn. 2:2; 4:10; Rev. 1:5; 5:9; 13:8; 20:15

[27] Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 26:28; Luke 22:19-20; 24:46-47; Mark 14:22-24; Acts 2:38-39; 10:43; 13:48; Heb. 1:3; 7:27; 9:22-28; 1Jn. 2:1-2; Rev. 1:5

[28] Matt 20:28; Acts 20:28; 26:18; Eph. 1:13-14; 5:8; Col. 1:12-14; 1Tim. 2:5-6; Tit. 2:14; 1Pet. 1:18-20; 2:9; Heb. 7:26-27; 1Jn. 1:5-7; 2:2; Rev. 1:5; 5:9; 20:15

[29] Exod. 23:25; Deut. 7:15; Num. 21:8-9; Ps. 103:3; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; John 3:14-16; Acts 3:16; 4:29-30; 10:38; 1Cor. 11:23-30; 12:9; Jas. 5:14-16

[30] Matt 3:16-17; 28:18-20; Mark 1:9-11; 16:15-16; Luke 3:21-22; John 4:1-2; Acts 2:38; 8:35-37; 19:1-5; Eph. 4:4-6; Col. 2:11-12; 1Pet. 3:21

[31] Matt 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; 3:3-8; Acts 10:44-48; Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:11-15; 1Pet. 3:21

[32] Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-41; 8:35-38; 9:17-18; 10:47-48; 16:30-33; 19:4-5

[33] Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; 3:3-8; 6:63; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:1-17; 2Cor. 3:3; Tit. 3:4-7; 1Pet. 1:2, 22-23; 1Jn. 3:9

[34] Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; 24:49; John 1:33; 20:21-23; Acts 1:5-8; 2:38-39; 8:14-17; 10:44-48; 19:1-7; 2Cor. 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 2Tim. 1:7; 1Jn. 2:28; 3:24

[35] John 14:16-17; 16:13; 17:17; Acts 1:8; 2:38-39; Rom. 8:9, 26; 15:13; 1Cor. 1:30; 6:11; 2Cor. 7:1; Gal. 5:16-18; Tit. 3:5; 1Jn. 2:28

[36] Ezek. 36:26-27; John 8:34-36; 17:17-19; Rom. 6:1-20; 8:1-17; 12:1-2; 15:16; 1Cor. 3:16-17; 2Cor. 7:1; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:20-24; 5:9, 26; Col. 1:28; 1Thess. 4:1-7; 5:23; 2Thess. 2:13; 2Tim. 2:19; Tit. 2:11-14; 1Pet. 1:2, 13-16; Heb. 2:11; 12:14; 1Jn. 2:15-17; 3:3-10; 5:18

[37] Joel 2:28-29; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 16-18, 38-39; 8:14-17; 10:44-48; 19:1-7; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:7-16; 1Cor. 12:4-11; 1Pet. 4:8-11

[38] Matt. 13:36-43; 47-50; 24:30-31; 25:31-46; Mark 13:26-27; Luke 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 12:47-48; Acts 1:11; 17:30-31; 1Thess. 4:16-17; 2Thess. 1:6-10; 2Tim. 4:1; Jude 1:14-15; Rev. 1:7, 19:11-16

[39] Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21-31; Mark 13:19-27; Luke 21:8-28; Acts 1:11; 2Thess. 2:1-12; Rev. 1:7; 7:9-14; 13:1-18; 14:9-13; ch.16-18

[40] Dan. 12:1-2; Matt. 22:31-32; Mark 12:23-27; Luke 14:14; John 5:25-29; 6:38-40; 1Cor. 15:50-52; Php. 3:10-11; 1Thess. 4:16-17

[41] Isa. 65:17-25; Ezek. 37:21-28; Zech. 8:1-12, 20-23; 14:1-21; Amos 9:13-15; Mic. 4:1-7; Dan. 7:27; Matt. 19:28; Luke 17:26-37; 19:11-27; Acts 1:6-7; 3:19-21; 2Thess. 1:6-10; 2:1-12; 2Pet. 3:1-13; Jude 1:14-15; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-10

[42] Job 19:25-27; Dan. 12:1-2; Matt. 8:11; 24:45-51; 25:19-23, 31-34; Luke 12:45-48; 13:28; 14:14; 19:16-19; Rom. 14:10-12; 1Cor. 3:11-15; 15:51-54; 2Cor. 5:10; 1Thess. 4:13-17; Heb. 11:35-40; Rev. 20:4-6

[43] Eccl. 12:13-14; Isa. 26:19; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 13:30, 40-43, 47-50; 16:27; 22:9-14; 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 6:39-40, 44, 54, 11:25; 12:48; Acts 4:2; 17:30-32; 24:14-15; Rom. 2:1-16; Rev. 20:11-13; 22:11-12

[44] Isa. 65:17-25; 66:22-24; Zech. 8:1-12; 21-23; 14:16-19; Amos 9:13-15; Mic. 4:1-4; Matt. 19:28; Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 8:19-23; 2Pet. 3:9-18; Rev. 21:1-27; 22:1-6