What We Believe About God

The universal Biblical doctrine expresses what Max and Sherry Greiner believe as truth:

  • God is one, maker of the universe and all things. [1]
  • His personality is expressed in three persons, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. [2] [3]
  • The Father is God [4], Jesus Christ is God [5] [6], and the Holy Spirit is God [7].
  • The Trinity has always existed, before anything was created [8] [9].
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God that is spiritually, historically and scientifically true, given once and for all times to all peoples [10] [11] [12].
  • Jesus Christ is “Yeshua”, the Messiah of the Jews, the anointed one predicted in ancient prophecies, hundreds of years before His birth, sent by God the Father to save His people from their sins [13].
  • Jesus was the “Sacrificial Lamb” given by God to pay for the sins of the world, for all people for all time [14] [15].
  • 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ was born of a Jewish virgin named Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit [16].
  • Jesus lived a sinless life [17] as a real person [18] in Israel , and during His three-year earthly ministry, worked many miracles witnessed by thousands [19].  He was anointed by the Holy Spirit [20] [21], and empowered by the Father[22].
  • After fulfilling all scriptural predictions (concerning the first appearance of Messiah) having done all the Father had required [23], Jesus freely gave Himself up to be crucified [24] for the sins of the world, past, present and future [25].
  • After dying a horrible death [26] and not using any of His [27] supernatural power to escape this fate, He died exactly how, when and for the reason the scriptures predicted [28] [29], at the hands of the Roman army[30] and Jewish religious leaders [31] of that time.
  • The divine blood Jesus [32], shed during His scourging and crucifixion, made it possible for anyone who believes in Him to be saved from his or her sins [33].
  • The resulting covenant relationship[34] with God results in new birth.  This is an event[35] (not a process) which places the Believer in the Body of Christ [36], the Bride of Christ [37] [38], and makes one a joint-heir with Jesus [39].
  • There is no other way to God the Father, except through Jesus Christ the Son, which is made possible through the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit [40].
  • After three days in the grave, Jesus was miraculously raised from the dead [41] in bodily form and appeared before the disciples [42] and hundreds of others [43].
  • He ascended [44], bodily and visibly in a cloud [45] to the right hand of the Father, taking His rightful place at the right hand of God [46] the Father in Heaven.
  • After the supernatural resurrection of Christ, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit of God to the earth [47] to comfort and indwell His children, giving them daily guidance [48]; revelation [49], power, and spiritual gifts [50] to enable them to, and to live a holy life before God [51].
  •  We believe that Baptism is seen in triplicate (much like the Trinity) in the New Testament as seen in the table [52], and that the Baptism by Jesus into the Holy Spirit is a separate distinct [53] and empowering [54] work from regeneration or new birth.  It is easily and Scripturally differentiated from receiving the Holy Spirit at the New Birth, by observing that the Baptizer and the medium are different in these two events.  It is further seen in the New Testament many time subsequent to conversion [55], and accompanied by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit [56].  The Scripture is also consistent in referring to the Spirit in [57] you (Baptism by the Holy Spirit) and receiving the Spirit, or the Spirit being on [58] you (Baptism by Jesus).
  • We believe there are two sacraments of the Church that are set forth in the Scriptures of the New Covenant, namely, Baptism [59], and The Lord’s Supper [60], and that any born-again Believer may administer these because of God’s priestly anointing[61] upon them.
  • We believe God has called all of His children to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others who are perishing [62] [63], so they might know eternal life with God and His blessings on this earth now.
  • We believe that God is not finished with the Nation of Israel [64], and that when the “times of the Gentiles” [65] is finished, God will resume his dealings with Israel in a 7 year period called “The Great Tribulation”[66] (also called the 70th week of Daniel [67]
  • We believe that Jesus will return to the earth visibly and bodily[68] to receive His Bride.  This is the first resurrection [69] [70] [71].
  • After this, a 1000 year reign of Christ and His Bride [72] (the Church) will take place on the earth.  This “Millennium” will end with the great final rebellion of Satan and his followers in the battle of Armageddon.  Jesus, as THE COMING KING [73] will supernaturally intervene to once and for all destroy wickedness out of existence.
  • This will be immediately followed by the “Great White Throne Judgment” after which the wicked dead will be condemned to eternal punishment, and banished to the Lake of Fire [74].
  • The present corruptible earth will be destroyed by fire [75], and God’s new eternal Kingdom will be established on a remade earth [76].
  • The Redeemed of the earth shall then enter into an eternal state of blessedness and reign with Him eternally [77].

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4     Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

[2] Genesis 1:26      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.

[3] Matthew 28:19     Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

[4] 1 Corinthians 8:6   But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

[5] Hebrews 1:8    But unto the Son he saith, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.

[6] John 1:1     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

[7] Acts 5:3-4     But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your own power? why hast you conceived this thing in your heart? you hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

[8] Genesis 1:1     In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

[9] Psalm 90:1-2 : "LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations . Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God." He has always been there is no time assigned as to the beginning of his being.

[10] 2 Peter 1:21      For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

[11] Matthew 5:18     For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

[12] 2 Tim. 3:16      All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

[13] Philip. 2:9-11     Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

[14] Revelation  5:5-6 (KJV) 

    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. [6] And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

[15] 1 Peter 1:18-21 (KJV) 

    Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: [20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, [21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

[16] Luke 1:34-35     Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? [35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

[17] Hebrews 4:15       For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

[18] John 1:14      And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

[19] Acts 2:22    Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

[20] Matthew 3:16     And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

[21] John 3:34     For He whom God hath sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto Him.

[22] John 14:10     Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.

[23] John 17:1-4     … Jesus, … said, Father, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you… that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you hast sent. [4] I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do.

[24] John 10:17-18     Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. [18] No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

[25] Psalm 103:12    As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

[26] Isaiah 52:14    As many were astonished at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

[27] John 8:28     Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

[28] 1 Peter 1:20      Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

[29] Psalm 22:16     For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

[30] John 19:34     But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

[31] Luke 22:2    And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

[32] 1 Peter 1:18-19    Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

[33] John 3:14-15    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: [15] That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

[34] Hebrews 10:29     Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

[35] 1 Peter 1:3    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

[36] 1 Corinthians 12:27       Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

[37] 2 Corinthians.  11:2    For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

[38] Rev. 21:9     And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife.

[39] Galatians 4:6-7    And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. [7] Wherefore you art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

[40] Acts 4:10-12    Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, … This is the stone which was considered nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

[41] Mark 16:6    And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

[42] John 20:26     And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

[43] 1 Corinthians 15:5-7    And that he was seen of Peter, then of the twelve: [6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. [7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

[44] Luke 24:51     And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

[45] Acts 1:9     And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

[46] Hebrews 1:3    Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

[47] John 16:7    Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

[48] John 14:26 (KJV)      But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

[49] 1 John 2:27     But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

[50] 1 Corinthians 12:8-11    For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; [9] To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; [10] To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: [11] But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

[51] 1 Peter 1:2    Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Baptism

Subject

(Baptizee)

Agent

(Baptizer)

Medium

(Baptismal Element)

Verse

Baptism In The Body Of Christ


Believer


Holy Spirit


Body Of Christ

I Cor. 12:13[1]

Baptism In Water

Minister

Water

Water

Acts 8:36 [1]

Baptism In The Holy Spirit

Believer

Jesus

Holy Spirit

Matthew 3:1[1]
Mark 1:8[1]
Luke 3:16[1]
John 1:33[1]

[53] Acts 19:2a    He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?

[54] Acts 1:8    But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem , and in all Judea, and in Samaria , and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

[55] Acts 8:12 -15    But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. [13] Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. [14] Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: [15] Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

[56] Acts 19:6    And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

[57] Romans 8:9    But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

[58] Acts 2:18     And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

[59] Matthew 28:19    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

[60] 1 Corinthians.  11:23-28    For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: [24] And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. [25] After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. [26] For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. [27] Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

[61] 1 Peter 2:9    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

[62] Matthew 28:19-20    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

[63] Acts 1:8   But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem , and in all Judea, and in Samaria , and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

[64] Romans 11:1-2    I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. … God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew …

[65] Luke 21:24       And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

[66] Matthew 24:21    For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

[67] Daniel 9:24    Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

[68] Acts 1:11    Which also said, Ye men of Galilee , why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

[69] Rev. 20:6     Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

[70] 1 Corinthians  15:51-52    Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

[71] 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17     For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

[72] Revelation 20:6    Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

[73] Revelation  19:11-16    And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. [15] And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

[74] Revelation  20:11-15    And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

[75] 2 Peter 3:10    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

[76] Revelation   21:1-2    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

[77] Revelation  22:3-5    And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: [4] And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. [5] And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Max Greiner Jr.

 

 

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