Statement of Faith

Faith Summary

Holding the Bible as the complete and only divine revelation, we strongly believe that God is eternally one and also eternally the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, the three being distinct but not separate.

We hold that Christ is both the complete God and the perfect man. Without abandoning His divinity, He was conceived in the womb of a human virgin, lived a genuine human life on earth, and died a vicarious and all-inclusive death on the cross. After three days He resurrected bodily and has ascended to the heavens. He is now in glory, fully God but still fully man. We look to His imminent return with the kingdom of God, by which He will reign over the earth in the millennium and in eternity.

We confess that the third of the Trinity, the Spirit, is equally God. All that the Father has and is, is expressed by the Son; and all that the Son has and is, is realized as the Spirit. We further believe that mankind is in need of God’s salvation. Though we were absolutely unable to fulfill the heavy demands of God’s righteousness, holiness, and glory, Christ fulfilled all the requirements through His death on the cross. Because of Christ’s death, God has forgiven us of our sins, reconciled us to Himself, and justified us by making Christ our righteousness.

Based on Christ’s redemption, God regenerates the redeemed with His Spirit to consummate His salvation, that they may become His children. Now possessing God’s life and nature, the believers enjoy a daily salvation in His Body in this age and the eternal salvation in the coming age and in eternity. In eternity we will dwell with God in the New Jerusalem, the consummation of God’s salvation of His elect.

 


 

The Bible

Its origin:

  1. Divinely inspired: 2 Tim 3:16; Deut. 29:29
  2. Written word of God: Ps. 119
  3. Holy men of God spoke under the power of the Holy Spirit: 2 Pet 1:21; 2 Sam 23:2
  4. God’s speaking in the prophets and in the Son: Heb 1:1-2

Its content:

  1. Truth and Life – John 17:17; 6:63; Acts 5:20

Its inerrancy and authority:

  1. Infallible and inerrant in the original autographs as represented by the best Greek & Hebrew manuscripts – Ps. 19:7-11; John. 17:17
  2. Authority derived from God and not from opinions of men – Isa. 45:23; 2 Pet. 3:16

Its functions:

  1. To bear witness concerning the Lord Jesus: John 5:39
  2. To make man wise unto salvation: 2 Tim 3:15
  3. To lead men unto regeneration: 1 Pet 1:23
  4. To be the spiritual food for the believers: 1 Pet 2:2; Matt 4:4; Jer 15:16a
  5. To be the spiritual enjoyment for the believers: Jer 15:16; Psalms 119:103; 19:10
  6. To illuminate man: Psalms 119:105
  7. To give us hope: Rom 15:4; for our admonition: 1 Cor 10:11; for our teaching, conviction, correction and instruction in righteousness to make us complete and fully equipped for every good work: 2 Tim 3:16-17

 


 

God

The Triune God is a mystery:

  1. There is only one God: Deut 4:39; Psalms 86:10; Isa 44:6, 8; 45:5, 6, 21, 22; 46:9; 1 Cor 8:4; Eph 4:6; 1 Tim 1:17; 2:5
  2. God is Triune: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit: Matt 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor 13:13
  3. Mystery of mysteries: Gen 1:26; Isa 6:8; 9:6; John 1:1; 2 Cor 3:17; Heb 1:8-9; Rev 1:4; 4:5; 5:6

God is eternally Triune:

  1. The Father is God: 1 Pet 1:2; Eph 1:17
  2. The Son is God: Heb 1:8; John 1:1; Rom 9:5
  3. The Spirit is God: Acts 5:3-4
  4. The Father is eternal: Isa 9:6
  5. The Son is eternal: Heb 1:12; 7:3
  6. The Spirit is eternal: Heb 9:14
  7. All three co-exist simultaneously and not in stages or modes: Gen 1:26; Matt 3:16-17; John 1:1; 14:16-17; 17:5; 1 Cor 12:4-6; 2 Cor 13:13; Eph 3:14-17; Heb 9:14; Rev 1:4-5
  8. All three co-inhere and are not separate: John 1:1; 10:30; 14:10-11; 17:21; 1 Cor 15:45b; Col 2:9

The Son is the embodiment of the Triune God:

  1. The Son is God: Isa 9:6; Matt 1:21, 23; John 1:1; 20:28; Rom 9:5; Phil 2:6; Heb 1:8
  2. The Son is the Father: Isa 9:6; John 10:30; 14:7-11; 1 John 2:22-23
  3. The incarnation of the Son is from the Holy Spirit: Matt 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35
  4. The Son came from/with the Father: John 1:14; 6:46; 8:16, 29; 16:27, 32; 1 John 2:23
  5. The Son is the Spirit: John 14:16-20; 1 Cor 15:45; 2 Cor 3:17-18
  6. All fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in the Son: Col 1:19; 2:9

The Spirit is the consummation of the Triune God:

  1. God is Spirit: John 4:24
  2. The Spirit is sent by the Father and by the Son, and come from/with the Father: John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26
  3. The Spirit comes in the name of the Son: John 14:26; cf 1 Cor 12:3; John 5:43; 10:30; 2 Cor 3:17
  4. The Spirit is the consummation of the Triune God: John 7:37-39; Acts 16:6-7; Rom 8:9; Phil 1:19

The essential and economical Trinity:

  1. In His essence, life, and being, God is eternally one
  2. In His economy, God is Triune. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit have, each one, a distinct function (Eph 1:3-14) . The Father planned, the Son accomplished, and the Spirit applied all to us
  3. The selection and predestination from the Father – God’s eternal purpose (Eph 1:1-6)
  4. The redemption from the Son – the consummation of God’s eternal purpose (Eph 1:7-12)
  5. The sealing and the pledge from the Spirit (Eph 1:13-14)

The co-inherence of the Triune God with the believers:

  1. The Triune God is in us – Eph 4:6; 2 Cor 13:5; Gal 2:20; Rom 8:9-11; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; Col 1:27; John 14:17; 1 John 2:23
  2. We are in the Triune God – Matt 28:19; John 14:3; 10, 20; John 17:21; Rom 8:1; 1 Cor 1:30; 1 Cor 12:13; 2 Cor 5:17; Rom 6:3; Gal 3:27; 1 John 5:20
  3. Living in this co-inherence – John 15:4; 1 John 2:24; 3:24; 4:13, 16; Eph 4:30

God is

    1. Invisible – John 4:24 (God is spirit); 1 Tim. 6:16 (whom no man has seen nor can see)
    2. Personal – Jer. 10:6ff.; 1 Thess. 1:9 (a living and true God)
    3. Omnipresent – 1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23-24
    4. Eternal – Ps. 90:2; 1 Tim. 6:16 (who alone possesses immortality)
    5. Dependent on none – Act 17:25
    6. Unchanging – Mal. 3:6; Jas 1:17 (with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow)
    7. Truthful – Num. 23:19; John 17:17; Tit. 1:2
    8. Trustworthy – Deut. 32:4; 1 Cor. 1:9
    9. Almighty – Gen. 17:1; Rev. 15:3
    10. Sovereign – Deut. 32:39; Dan. 4:35; Eph. 1:11; 1 Tim 6:15
    11. Omniscient – Heb. 4:13
    12. Righteous – Ps. 145:17; Nah. 1:2-8
    13. Holy – Ps. 5:4-6; Isa. 6:3; Rev. 15:4
    14. Good – Ps. 25:8; Nah. 1:7
    15. Loving – John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4
    16. Merciful – Luke 6:36; 2 Cor. 1:3; Eph. 2:4
    17. Long-suffering – Num. 14:18; 2 Pet. 3:9
    18. Gracious – Ex. 34:6-7; Neh. 9:31; Jonah 4:2; Eph. 1:6
    19. Love – 1 John 4:8, 16
    20. Light – 1 John 1:5

 


 

Christ

      1. Being God: Col 1:17; Isa 9:6; John 1:1,14
      2. Being man: Acts 2:22; 1 Tim 2:5
      3. Being the creator: Heb 1:10; John 1:3; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16, Heb 1:2
      4. Being a creature: Col. 1:15; Rev 3:14; John 1:14; Heb 2:14; Isa 9:6; 1 Tim 2:5
      5. He is both God and man.

Christ’s Incarnation

      1. As God
        1. Christ being God incarnated, of the Holy Spirit, called Jesus (Jehovah the Savior), called Emmanuel (God with us): Matt. 1:20-23, John 1:1, 14
        2. Christ being the Son of God: Luke 1:32, 35; Matt 3:17; 14:33; 16:16; 27:54; John 1:34, 49; John 5:17-18
      2. As man
        1. Christ being man: born through Mary, a human virgin – Matt 1:23; born and brought up like any other Jewish child – Luke 2:21-24
        2. Christ being the Son of Man: Matt 8:20; 9:6; 26:64; John 1:51; 3:13; 6:27; Matt 1:1
        3. Christ becoming flesh yet without sin: Rom 8:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15
      3. Christ being the mingling of God and man: Christ is a Person with two essences – the divine and human – together – Col. 2:9

Christ’s Human Living

      1. Being a genuine man: John 4:25; Matt 13:54-56; 9:10-11; Luke 7:36; John 12:2; John 4:6-7; 11:33, 35
      2. Being the perfect and finest man
        1. Obedient: Luke 2:49
        2. Serving: Mark 10:45
        3. Having no appearance of evil: John 3-4
        4. Having the finest personality: Matt. 11:29, 19:14, 21:12-13; Luke 7:38-39, 10:21, 19:41; John 13:23
      3. His divinity was expressed through His humanity, such as His compassion shown in Luke 7:11-17
      4. The Lord Jesus Christ lived His human life fully by the Father and by the Holy Spirit. Christ’s human living was fully in God, by God, with God, and for God. – John 6:57, 5:30, 7:16, 8:50, 8:29b, 10:30; Matt. 12:28; Luke 4:1, 4:14

Christ’s Crucifixion

      1. As the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world: John 1:29; Exo 12:5; Heb 9:28; Heb 10:10, 12; Matt 26:28; 1 John 1:9
      2. As the brass serpent: Christ is like the brass serpent, He has the form of flesh but no sin and He destroyed Satan and all satanic nature in our flesh: Num 21:4-9; John 3:14; Heb 2:14; Rom 8:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15
      3. As the last Adam: when Christ died as the last Adam, He terminated the entire fallen creation: 1 Cor 15:45b; Rom 6:6
      4. As a peacemaker. On the cross Christ broke down all the dividing walls, abolished all the ordinances and slew all the hatred between different people. By the cross we can truly be one: Eph. 2:14-16; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11
      5. As grain of wheat: through His death He has released His life, so that many grains were produced – we are such grains: John 12:24
      6. An all-inclusive death: when Christ died He accomplished a work much greater than the creation. Through the cross, God cleaned up every negative thing and released His divine life! Christ triumphed over Satan and all the powers of hell, putting them to open shame – Col. 2:14-15

Christ’s Death as God-man

      1. Died as a man
        1. For man’s sin, God required the payment of man’s blood: Rom 3:23; 6:23 . This is why Jesus took on blood and flesh.
        2. He was also a sinless man, He knew no sin  so that He could die for other’s sin. – Rom 8:3; 1 Pet 1:19; Heb. 2:14, 4:15, 9:22, 2 Cor. 5:21
      2. Died as God
        1. For an eternal redemption: Heb. 9:14, 12
        2. To give eternal life: 1 Cor 15:45b; John 12:24; 19:34

Christ’s Resurrection

      1. God’s vindication of and satisfaction with Christ’s person and work
        1. The rising of the man Jesus Christ shows God’s approval of His person and work. Christ was raised because of our justification. In fact, for our salvation, the primary thing that we believe in is Christ’s resurrection: Rom 4:25; 10:9
      2. The victory of Christ’s resurrection
        1. Christ took away the authority of death and Hades. Christ’s resurrection is also a testimony of His victory over Satan and the world: John 11:25; Heb 7:16; Acts 2:24; John 20:7; Rev. 1:18; Heb 2:14; John 12:31
      3. The glorification of Christ’s divine life
        1. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, God, who was concealed in Him was released and made known. This display is what we call Christ’s glorification. He prayed for this just before His death. – John 17:1
      4. The designation of Christ’s humanity
        1. Before His incarnation, Christ was already the Son of God in His divine Person (John 1:18)
        2. Through resurrection, Christ has uplifted His human nature and He was designated out of this resurrection as the Son of God with this human nature (Rom 1:3-4). Because of the process that Christ went through, a man has been brought into the Godhead. Christ, in His human nature has been designated the Son of God: Acts 13:33, Heb 1:5
      5. His transfiguration into the Life-giving Spirit
        1. In His resurrection, Christ became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45b); although the Lord Jesus was resurrected with a physical body (Luke 24:39), He was also transfigured into the Spirit (John 7:37-39, 2 Cor 3:17). As the life-giving Spirit He can enliven us and regenerate us to become the children of God.
      6. His producing of the Church
        1. Through Christ’s resurrection, the divine life of the Father has been imparted into us and we become the sons of God and brothers of Christ. Christ has become the first among many brothers (Rom 8:29; John 20:17; 1 Pet 1:3; Heb 2:11). The many brothers are blended together to form one Body that refers to the church as the Body of Christ. – John 12:24; 1 Cor 10:17; Eph. 1:22-23

Christ’s Ascension: Eph 4:8; Mark 16:19; Heb 2:9; Phil 2:9

      1. Being made Lord, the Ruler of the kings on earth, as well as Head over all things. – Acts 2:36, Rev. 1:5, Eph. 1:22
      2. In His ascension Jesus was also made Christ. Wasn’t He the Christ before His ascension? He was, but not officially. In His ascension the Lord was officially made Christ. – Acts 2:36
      3. A good way to understand the Lord’s ascension is to think of it as inauguration. He was not the official Savior until His ascension. After His inauguration, Jesus is now the King of kings and Lord of lords. – Acts 5:31, Rev. 19:16
      4. Christ also has a great work to do from the heavens – He has a heavenly ministry. After being inaugurated into office He has important duties, the greatest three are:
        1. Christ as Ruler, He administrates all governments and events on earth, for the spreading of the gospel. He rules all creation – Col 1:17; Eph 1:21-22
        2. Christ as Head over all things to the church, He works to gain His chosen vessels: Eph 1:22-23
        3. Christ as our High Priest who can sympathize with our weakness – Heb. 4:14-15; 7:25

 


 

Christ’s Return

The secret coming

      1. No one knows the day and the hour of the Lord’s return, only the Father knows – Matt 24:36
      2. Christ will come as a thief; we should be watchful; He will be “clothed with a cloud”  – Rev 3:3; 16:15; 10:1
      3. During His secret coming, the overcoming saints (the first fruits – Rev 14:4 , the ones that kept themselves from the defilement of the world) will be raptured.  This event signals the start of the three and a half year great tribulation  (Matt 24:21-22) which will help to mature the saints who have not ripen

The judgment seat of Christ

      1. Before the end of the great tribulation, Christ will have descended to a place in the air to set up His judgment seat
      2. We all must stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive either reward or punishment for the things we have practiced during our life – 2 Cor 5:10
      3. We will be judged in two areas: maturity in life and faithfulness in service – Matt 25:1-30
      4. Those who are found mature and faithful will receive a great reward. With the overcomers, they will participate in the wedding and wedding feast of Christ, the Lamb. This will take place before Christ’s open coming – Rev 2:26, 19:9, 20:4, Matt 25:10
      5. Those who are neither mature nor faithful will receive a punishment. They will not be eternally lost, but they will be disciplined for a thousand years. During this time these believers will mature to be proper sons of God – Heb 12:5-10; 10:39; Matt 22:13; Luke 12:45-48; 1 Cor 3:15

The open coming

      1. After the wedding Christ will openly descend to the earth with power and glory and will be seen by all the tribes of the holy land – Rev 1:7; Matt 24:27, 30
      2. In His open coming to the earth He will be on the cloud. He will come with the overcoming saints to fight against Antichrist and his armies at Armageddon. There, the Lord will exterminate the evil worldly forces and will save Israel . Satan will be bound and the thousand-year kingdom will begin. – Rev 14:14

A warning

      1. Many Christians are taught that when the Lord returns, all the believers will be raptured to live “happily ever after”. This cause them to live loosely and carelessly.
      2. The principle is that we must be mature so that we may escape the great tribulation and receive a reward rather than a punishment at the judgment seat of Christ.
      3. The Lord Jesus gave us a warning saying “Yes, I come quickly”  (Rev 22:12) and our loving response should be “Amen, Come Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20)

 


 

Man’s Creation and Fall

God’s creation of man as a Three-Part Vessel

      1. Man in God’s image and likeness: Gen 1:26
      2. Man is a vessel to contain God. This vessel is constituted of three parts: spirit, soul and body— Rom 9:21-23, 1 Thes 5:23; Heb 4:12
        1. The body: the physical part, created by God from the dust of the ground – Gen 2:7
        2. The soul: the psychological part of man (i.e. personality), which is constituted by the mind, emotion, and will – Matt 22:37
        3. The spirit: with the function to contact God and to receive Him.— Eph 3:16, John 3:6; 1 Pet 3:4
      3. The fall of man: Gen 2:9-10, 17; 3:1-6; 1 Tim 2:14; Rom 5:18-19
      4. Man’s need of salvation: under God’s condemnation and wrath, awaiting for His judgment; deadened in his spirit, ruined in his soul, and corrupted in his body: Rom 5:18; John 3:36; Heb 9:27; Matt 25:41; Rev 20:15; Eph 2:1-2; 4:17-18a; 2 Tim 3:2-4; Rom 7:17-18a; 6:6b; 7:24; John 8:44

 


 

God’s Salvation

      1. God selected and predestinated many people to be his sons: Eph 1:4-5; Rom 9:11-13; 8:29; John 8:44; 1:12
      2. The Source of Salvation – God’s Love: Eph 2: 4-5; Tit 3:4-7; John 3:16; 1 John 3:11; 1 John 4:9-10; Rom 5:8; 1 John 3:1; 1 Pet 1:3; John 17:23; 2 Thes 2: 16-17; 2 Cor 5:14-15; Gal 2:20
      3. The Basis of Salvation – God’s Righteousness: Rom 3:21-22, 1:17, 10:3; Rom 8:3; Phil 3:9; 2 Pet 1:1
      4. Redemption (to repossess at a cost) by Christ’s blood: Eph 1:7; Gal 3:13; 1 Pet 2:24; 3:18; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 10:12; 9:12, 14, 28; 1 Pet 1:18-19
      5. Forgiveness and Cleansing of Sins: Jer 31:34; Zech 13:1; Matt 26:28; Heb 9:12-14, 22-23; 1 John 1:7-9; Rev 1:5
      6. Justification by faith, based upon Christ’s redemption: Rom 3:22-24, 28; 4:25; 5:1; 8:33-34
      7. Reconciliation: man was God’s enemy but was reconciled by Christ’s death: , 10-11; Col 1:20-22; 2 Cor 5:18-19; Eph 2:13-18″ target=”_blank”>Rom 5:1, 10-11; Col 1:20-22; 2 Cor 5:18-19; Eph 2:13-18
      8. Regeneration: Born of God with a new heart, a new spirit, and the indwelling Spirit: Rom 8:29; John 3:2-6; 1:12-13, Tit 3:5; 1 John 5:12; 1 Pet 1:3; Ezek 36:26-27
      9. Sanctification: to be made holy by growth in life, through the Spirit and the Word: 1 Thes 5:23; Rom 5:10; 1 Pet 2:2; Rom 1:4; Eph 5:26; John 17:17; 6:63
      10. Transformation: a metabolic process, by the spreading of Christ in our mind, emotion and will, by beholding the Lord with an unveiled face:  Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 3:16-18; Eph 4:23; 5:26-27; Phil 2:13; Col 3:10; 1 Pet 2:2-5; Rom 8:28-29
      11. Conformation: to be conformed to the image of Christ by the growth of life and environmental dealings, conformed to the body of the Lord’s glory: Rom 6: 3-5; 8: 29; Phil 3: 10, 21; 2 Cor 3:18; Eph 4:20-21; Gen 1:26
      12. Glorification: God expressed: John 1:14; Rom 3: 23; 8:30; Col 1: 27b; 3: 4; 2Thes 1:10a

 


 

The Church

The vision concerning the Church

      1. God’s eternal purpose is to build up the Church – Eph.3:10-11
      2. The church is the building up of all God’s chosen, redeemed, regenerated, and transformed people, not a physical structure
      3. The church is the organism of the Triune God, not an organization
      4. The essence of the church is life, not knowledge – 1John 1:2; 5:1
      5. The nature of the church is of heaven, not of earth – Eph.2:6; Rev.21:9-10; Col.3:1-3
      6. The foundation of the church is Christ – Eph.1:22-23; 2:20; 1Cor.3:10-11
      7. The church is glorious –  Eph.5:25-27

God’s Purpose for the Church

      1. To express God through the sonship – Eph.1:5, Heb; 12:15-17; 2Cor. 4:16-18; 1Thes.5:16-18
      2. To make God’s wisdom known to the enemy – Eph. 3:10; John 2:19
      3. To head up all things in Christ –  Eph. 1:10; Rom.7:20; John 1:4; 8:12

The Status of the Church

      1. The assembly of the called out ones – ekklesia – Eph.1:22; 1Cor.1:2; Gen.1:26
      2. The house of God – Gen. 28:12, 16-17; John 1:51; 1Tim 3:15; Heb.3:6; 1Pet.4:17
      3. The dwelling place of God –  Eph. 2:22; 1Tim. 3:16
      4. The kingdom of God – Eph.2:19
        1. Being the living of the Church – Rom.14:17
        2. The entrance into the kingdom of God – 2Pet.1:3-11; 2Tim.2:12; Rev.20:4,6
      5. The Body of Christ
        1. Christ is the Head – Eph.5:23; 1:22-23; Col. 1:18, 24
        2. We are the members of the Body of Christ – 1Cor.12:13,15,21
        3. The Body receiving from the Head – Eph.1:22
        4. The fullness (expression) of him Who fills all in all – Eph.1:23; 3:8,18-19; Col.3:11
        5. The fullness (expression) of God – Eph. 3:14-19; 2Cor.2:15; John 6:57, 63; Eph.6:17-18
      6. God’s masterpiece – Eph.2:10,15
      7. The new man – Eph. 2:15; 4:22-24; Col.3:10-11; Rom. 6:3-4
        1. Created by Christ on the cross – Eph.2:15; 2Cor.5:17; 1Cor.1:30; Gal.3:26-28; John 1:13; 3:15; 2 Pet.1:4
        2. Bearing God’s image to express Him – Gen.1:26
        3. Fighting as a warrior – Eph. 6:12
      8. The counterpart of Christ –  Gen.2:18, 21-24; Eph.5:22-33
        1. The church as the bride, the wife, of Christ as the Bridegroom, the Husband – John 3:29-30, 2 Cor.11:2
        2. To be married at Christ’s coming back – Rev.19:7-9; 21:2 Eph.5:24-25, 31-32
        3. To be consummated in the New Jerusalem for eternity – Rev.21:2,7, 9-10; 2Pet. 3:8
        4. To be a couple in eternity – Rev. 22:17
      9. The golden lampstands
        1. Typifying Christ as the embodiment of the Triune God
          1. Gold signifying the Father’s divine nature, the divine substance, essence -  Exo. 25:31
          2. The form signifying the Son as the embodiment of the Godhead in His humanity – Col. 2:9; 2Cor.4:4; Col.1:15; John 1:18
          3. The seven lamps signifying the spirit as the expression – Exo.25:37; Rev.4:5; 5:6; Zech. 3:9; 4:10
        2. Signifying Israel as God’s testimony in the Old Testament and in the millennium – Zech. 4:2; Exo. 4:10; 3:9
          1. Shining through the Seven Eyes (Spirits) of Jehovah – Rev. 4:5; Zech.4:10
          2. As the Seven Eyes of Christ ( the Stone-Savior for God’s Building) – Zech. 3:9; 4:10; Rev.5:6
        3. Signifying the seven local churches as God’s testimony in the New Testament – Rev. 1:12, 20
          1. Shining in the dark age as in the night, bearing the testimony of Jesus – Rev.21:23; 1:2, 9; 20:4
            1. With the Father’s divine essence 1Cor. 3
            2. In the Son’s human form – Col.2:9
            3. Through the Spirit’s expression – John 1:12-13; 1John 5:11-12; 2Pet.1:4
          2. To be consummated in the New Jerusalem – Rev. 21:1, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23; 22:2, 5
          3. Expressing the processed Triune God in eternity

The two Aspect of the Church – Universal and Local

    1. The universal aspect
      1. Including all New Testament believers –  Eph. 1:22; Luke 7:28
      2. As revealed by the lord in Matthew 16:18 -  Matt.11:27; 16:17-18
    2. The local aspect
      1. The believers living in the local churches – Matt.18:17
      2. The local churches being the local expressions of the body of Christ – 1Cor.12:27; Eph.2:22
      3. All the local churches constituting the one body of Christ – Eph. 4:4; Matt.16:18
    3. The genuine ground
      1. The ground of locality – one city, one church – Rev.1:11; Titus 1:5; Acts 14:23
      2. The ground of the genuine oneness – one body universally -   1 Cor.10:17
    4. The local administration and the universal fellowship
      1. The administration being separate and equal locally
      2. The fellowship being one universally – Acts 2:42; 1Tim 1:3-4; 1John 1:3; 1Cor.10:16-17