truths have historically been believed by all true Christians.
Although some of them from time to time have been called into
question by some who call themselves Christians, these truths were
taught by Christ and the Apostles, believed by the martyrs, and held
to through the centuries. They are still true today.
is completely true. In John
10:35, Jesus said, "The Scripture cannot be broken." Paul
wrote in II Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is given by inspiration
of God," that is, God breathed out the Scriptures. It is His Word.
created the heavens and the earth.
This is taught throughout the entire Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote,
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible" (Colossians 1:16).
Christ was born of a virgin and is the Son of God.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and
bear a son" (Isaiah 7:14). The Apostle Matthew wrote, "When
as his mother was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she
was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18).
died on the cross for our sins and literally rose from the dead.
He said He came "to give His life a ransom for many"
(Matthew 20:28). Peter wrote that He "bare our sins in His own
body on the tree" (I Peter 2:24). Paul wrote "that He rose
again the third day according to the Scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:4).
is a "gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast"
(Ephesians 2:8,9). To be
saved requires an acknowledgement of our need to be saved, and our
absolute dependence on Christ as our Saviour. It is a gift, and does
not require good works or sacraments. Paul wrote, "But to him
that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly,
his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5).
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