The hope of all mankind and the promise to the Christian is the resurrection from
the dead. The bible refers to (1) the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn
from the dead and the pioneer of our salvation; (2) the resurrection of the saints
- called the "first resurrection" - at the return of Christ when the true believers
shall become spirit-composed members of God's family; (3) the resurrection back to
physical life for all who have ever died without having understood God's way, for
their first opportunity for salvation; (4) the resurrection of the incorrigibly wicked
- those who have refused to repent and have rejected God's way - to be consumed in
the lake of fire (called the "second death"). Which includes Satan the devil.
The marriage relationship is the basis of the family, which in turn is the core of
a stable society. As the primary physical analogy of God's plan for mankind, marriage,
child rearing, and the family are given a pre-eminent place in the teachings of the
bible and the church. Although roles are defined, men and women have equal spiritual
potential before God.
Divine healing is a miracle that God in His mercy and love extends to those who call
upon Him in time of need, according to faith. The healings of Jesus Christ demonstrate
and represent His power to express compassion, to forgive sin, and ultimately to
resurrect the dead and establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
Matthew 9: 1-7; James
5: 14-15 Isaiah 53 :4-5
The holy spirit is the essence, power, mind, and spiritual extension of God. God
begets Christians as His sons and daughters through this spirit. It strengthens a
Christian spiritually, and converts his mind, and serves as a token or guarantee
of eternal life.
The kingdom of God is the family of God ruling as the government of God. It is a
future world-ruling government to be set up on earth by Christ at His return, with
Jesus as King and the resurrected spirit-composed saints in positions of co-rulership
with Him. The kingdom of God - referred to as a "mystery" in the New Testament -
was first preached and explained by Christ, then by His church; it shall be established
on earth for a thousand years following Christ's return, and shall be completely
fulfilled when New Jerusalem and God the Father come down out of heaven to dwell
on the New Earth.