Summary of the Gospel
The Gospel, as believed by Christadelphian, is
listed herein in an orderly, systematic manner, with
none of the beliefs contradicting any other belief. We
believe this is as it should be, "For God is not the
author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches
of the saints" (I Corinthians 14:33).
- God's WORD, found in the Holy Bible, is the
only source of information about our
Hebrews 11:6, II Timothy 3:15-17, John 5:39, Romans
- God, our Heavenly Father, is the Creator and
Sustainer of all things.
Acts 17:27,28, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 42:5, Matthew
5:16, Matthew 6:9
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Savior, our
High Priest, our future Judge, and King.
Matthew 3:17, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:14,15, Acts
10:42, II Timothy 4:8, Luke 1:30-35, John
- The Holy Spirit is God's Power.
Psalm 104:30, Genesis 1:2, Luke 1:35
The earth, and all life on it was created by
- From the beginning, God had a Plan and
a Purpose for the earth. His Plan involved
how He would accomplish His Purpose, which
is for the earth to be filled with His
Glory, and for obedient men and women to
bear His nature, that of Immortality.
Isaiah 45:18, Numbers 14:21, Isaiah 11:1-9,
- God's Plan was set in motion by the
creation of the earth, which was
accomplished by His angels, powered with
the Holy Spirit. This creation took six
days. At the end of the six days of
creation, all creation was declared to be
"very good". God rested on the seventh
Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:1-3
- God revealed His Plan to the first man and
woman, Adam and Eve, along with instructions they
were to follow. They were forbidden to eat of the
"tree of knowledge of good and evil". They were
told that if they ate of it, they would DIE.
Genesis 1:27-30, Genesis 2:15
- Adam and Eve disobeyed God, believing the
Serpent's Lie, "THOU SHALT NOT SURELY DIE".
Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 3:1-3
Their disobedience was discovered, and they
were informed of the consequences of their
- The Serpent was cursed to be of the
physical form he is today, and enmity,
natural and spiritual, was established
between man and the serpent. A future
victory of the Seed of the Woman over the
Seed of the Serpent was promised.
- Women were to experience sorrow in
child-bearing, and be in subjection to her
- The earth was cursed. Thorns and
thistles were to mar the former beauty of
- Man was to earn his bread by the sweat
of his brow. Adam was told "dust thou art,
and to dust thou shalt return". Adam and
Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden to
deny them access to the Tree of Life.
- The sentence, "dust thou art, and to dust thou
shalt return" resulted in Adam and Eve being
estranged from God, and their condition being
changed from "very good" to mortal. This mortal
nature, along with the tendency to want to disobey
God, has been inherited by all the descendants of
Adam and Eve ever since.
Job 14:1-4, Psalm 51:5
- Thus, the entire human race is condemned along
with Adam and Eve. This condition is know as
"Adamic Condemnation", and unless removed, will
cause a person to eventually die, and remain in the
Romans 5:12,16-19, Ecclesiastes 3:18-22, Romans
God, in His mercy, provided Adam and Eve with
an immediate remedy, a promise of permanent
salvation, and instructions on proper worship.
- An immediate covering for their
nakedness (sin) with the skins of
- Included in the serpent's curse, was
the statement: "... I (God)will put enmity
between thee (the serpent) and the woman,
and between thy (the serpent's) seed and
her (the woman's) seed; it (the woman's
seed) shall bruise thy (the serpent's)
head, and thou (the serpent)shalt bruise
his (the woman's seed's) heel." This
promise is known as the "Edenic Covenant",
the first portion of the "Everlasting
- Instructions on the principle of
"remission of sins" through "the shedding
of blood" as being the method of obtaining
forgiveness from sins they commit.
- God revealed His Plan and Purpose for the earth
to Adam and Eve, and they passed the information on
to their offspring. One of their sons, Abel,
obeyed, offering as God had instructed, but another
son, Cain, offered "as he saw fit". Abel's offering
was accepted, Cain's was not. We learn from this
that one cannot "worship God in their own way" and
- God revealed His Plan and Purpose for the earth
to the "faithful few", referred to in the
scriptures as "the remnant". One such faithful was
Abram, later to be called Abraham. God chose
Abraham to be the one person through whom His Plan
would be realized.
Genesis 22:15-18, Psalm 89:34-37, Isaiah 51:1-8,
In revealing His Plan and Purpose to Abraham,
God made promises to him. Abraham also received
instructions on beginning the practice of
circumcision. Promises made to Abraham
- Abraham would become the Father of many
Genesis 12:2, Genesis 13:16, Genesis
- Abraham would be a blessing to all
Genesis 12:3, Galatians 3:8
- Abraham and his descendants would
inherit the land of promise (comprising the
whole earth) for an everlasting possession.
This means they would, of necessity,
receive Eternal Life.
Genesis 13:14,15, Genesis 17:8
- Through Abraham's descendant, Jesus
Christ, all the earth is to be
Genesis 22:18, Acts 3:25, Galatians
These Promises made to Abraham are known as the
"Abrahamic Promises", and along with the
"Edenic Covenant" make up the "Everlasting
Covenant". God repeated some of the promises
made to Abraham to:
- Abraham's son, Isaac.
- Isaac's Son, Jacob, who was renamed
Israel. The descendants of the 12 sons of
Jacob (Israel) are the 12 tribes making up
the nation of Israel.
Genesis 35:9-10, Genesis 35:22-26
- David, King of Israel. These promises
made to David are known as "The Sure
Mercies of David".
II Samuel 7:12-16
Throughout the history of the Nation of Israel,
prophets of God spoke and wrote of the Kingdom
that was to come in fulfillment of the
"Everlasting Covenant". This covenant is also
referred to as the "Covenant made with the
Fathers". These prophecies foretold:
- A Messiah, or Deliverer. A Savior for
Daniel 9:25-26, Isaiah 59:20, Romans
- A King to rule over the Delivered Seed
Isaiah 51:3, Amos 9:11,15, Luke
- A Kingdom, with a Capitol City, and
Daniel 2:44, Revelation 11:15, Micah
- Subjects of the Kingdom: Immortal
rulers made up of the faithful through the
ages, and mortal subjects who submit to the
rule of that Kingdom.
John 17:3, Romans 2:7, Mark 16:15-16
- After coming out of bondage in Egypt, the
Nation of Israel received The Law of Moses from
God. This law covered details of offering animal
sacrifices to God, in the prescribed manner. The
purpose of the ordinances and sacrifices was to
teach the Israelites about the sacrifice of their
expected Messiah. Their Messiah was the subject of
the "Everlasting Covenant".
Leviticus chapters 1-10, Hebrews 9:1-7, Hebrews
- When the time came, in God's Plan, God sent
forth His Son, Jesus, born of a woman, the Virgin
Mary, made under the Law of Moses.
Galatians 4:4, Luke 1:30-31
- At the age of eight days, Jesus was
circumcised, as the Law of Moses required of all
males born in Israel. Also, as the Law of Moses
required of all mothers giving birth, his mother,
Mary, underwent the rites of purification.
Leviticus 12:1-4, Luke 2:21-22
- Jesus' public life began at the age of thirty
years, when he was baptized by John the Baptist.
Jesus' baptism was required in order to "fulfill
Matthew 3:13-15, Luke 3:23
- After Jesus' baptism, the Holy Spirit, came
upon him, and he was publicly acknowledged as
"God's Son", and that God was well pleased with his
Matthew 3:16-17, Psalm 2:7
- Jesus' ministry lasted for about 3.5 years. He
selected his twelve disciples, and preached "The
Gospel of the Kingdom" throughout the region of
Matthew 4:17,23, Mark 1:14, Luke 6:13-16, John
2:11, John 6:14, John 21:25
- Jesus was betrayed by Judas, accused of
Blasphemy by the Jewish leaders, and put to death
Matthew 26:14-16, Matthew 26:45-49, Matthew
26:63-65, John 19:15-18
- Jesus death by crucifixion was the fulfillment
of the "Edenic Covenant" portion of the
"Everlasting Covenant", as foretold by the Law of
Moses, and fulfilling the principle of remission of
sins through shedding of blood. Jesus was the "Lamb
of God, slain from the foundation of the world".
Jesus rejection and crucifixion was in accordance
with God's Plan, and not in opposition to it.
Matthew 5:17, Hebrews 10:1-10, John 1:29,
Revelation 13:18, Galatians 3:21-25, Genesis 3:15,
- Jesus was buried, and three days later, rose
from the dead.
- After his resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days
with his disciples, and then ascended to Heaven, to
be at God's right hand. Jesus is now in Heaven,
functioning as High Priest over the Household of
Acts 1:9, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 4:14-15, I
Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 8:1
- As with the time of the birth of Jesus, when
the "appointed time" in God's Plan comes, Jesus
will return to the earth.
Acts 1:11, Acts 3:19-21, Hebrews 9:28, Matthew
- Seven days after Jesus' ascension to Heaven, on
the Day of Pentecost, the Christian Dispensation
began with the outpouring of the gifts and powers
of the Holy Spirit on the followers of Jesus.
Since the Day of Pentecost, the required
methods of worshipping God are different from
the methods during the dispensation of the Law
of Moses. The sacrifices we are required to
offer are not animal sacrifices, but are our
"reasonable service" to God. (Rom 12:1). We
perform this "reasonable service" after we have
complied with God's requirements to begin that
service. (Rom 2:11). These requirements are:
- A person must become aware of their
condemned, lost condition, their need for
Acts 2:37, Ephesians 2:12
- A person must DESIRE the offered
Acts 2:37,41, II Peter 3:9
- A person must HEAR, BELIEVE, and
UNDERSTAND the "Everlasting Covenant", the
Gospel of the Kingdom of GOD, and realize
that only through this Covenant and Gospel
is salvation offered.
Acts 8:12, Revelation 1:3, Romans 1:16
- A person must OBEY the commandments of
the Gospel: REPENT and be BAPTIZED.
Acts 8:12, Romans 6:3-18, Galatians
- After baptism, run with patience, the
race that is set before us.
Hebrews 5:8-9, Acts 2:42, Galatians 6:7-8,
Hebrews 12:1, II Peter 3:15, II Timothy
- Baptism represents a spiritual "death, burial,
and resurrection", in which we are baptized into
Christ's death, burial and resurrection. (Rom
6:3-5, Col 2:12). This baptism is an immersion in
water. (Acts 8:35-39). When baptized into Christ, a
person is then "in Christ", covenanted under the
"Everlasting Covenant", and heirs to the promises
made to Abraham that are to be fulfilled by
When we are baptized into Christ, we are a "new
creature", (IICor 5:17), no longer under
"Adamic Condemnation, ", but have received
"Justification" from it through Christ. (Rom
8:1,2) As a new creature, we begin our "race"
for eternal life. (Heb 12:1). Our behavior
during the race for eternal life will determine
the success, or failure of the race, and
whether or not we obtain eternal life. (Rom
2:5-10). During our race for eternal life, God
requires us to:
Continue to study in order to:
- Increase our knowledge,
understanding and appreciation of
God's Plan and Purpose for the
I Timothy 2:15, I Timothy 3:16-17,
I Thessalonians 5:21, John 5:39,
- Increase our faith by study of
- Be aware of the signs of the
times from study of prophecy.
- Grow from "babes who feed on
the milk of the word" to "full
grown that consume meat of the
I Peter 2:2, Hebrews 5:12-14
- Attend and take an active part in the
regularly scheduled meetings of the local
- Partake of the memorial bread and wine
in memory of Jesus' death when we assemble
together on the first day of the week
John 6:53-58, Matthew 26:26-28, I
- Encourage each other in the
congregation to "hold fast the faith once
delivered unto the Saints".
- Not conform to the World, abstain from
all appearance of evil.
Romans 12:2, I Thessalonians 5:22, John
- During our race for eternal life, we are to do
our best to be obedient to God's will, with the
ability that God has given to us.
Micah 6:8, Philippians 2:1-3, Colossians 3:16,
- We realize that our actions will often fall
short of what is required of us. At those times, we
can obtain forgiveness for our shortcomings, and
weaknesses, through Jesus, our High Priest. To
obtain such forgiveness, we must ask in the proper
manner, with true repentance.
Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 5:8-9, I
- If a person "in Christ" dies, that person is
considered to be "asleep in Jesus", awaiting the
resurrection at the return of Jesus.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Romans 6:1-5
At the return of Christ, the following events
will take place:
- Those who "sleep in Jesus" will be
I Thessalonians 4:14-16, John 5:28
- Those alive, "in Christ", will be
gathered from throughout the world.
I Thessalonians 4:17, Matthew 24:30-31,
- Those resurrected, and those gathered,
will be assembled before the Judgment Seat
of Christ to be judged according to their
II Corinthians 5:10, Romans 2:5-6
- Those judged righteous will be rewarded
with Immortality, Eternal Life in Christ's
Romans 2:7,10, I Corinthians 15:50-57, II
- Those judged unrighteous will be
punished with the "second death",
"everlasting punishment of destruction from
the presence of the Lord".
Romans 2:8-9, II Thessalonians 1:8-9, Psalm
- Christ will establish his Kingdom, with
Jerusalem as the Capitol city.
II Samuel 7:12-17, Zechariah 1:17
- The rule of Christ will begin in
Israel, and spread to include all the
Daniel 2:44, Daniel 7:27, Revelation
- Christ will be accepted by the nation of Israel
as their long expected Messiah, Savior, and
Zechariah 12:10, Zechariah 8:22
- Christ will then announce that he is not only
the "king of the Jews", but also "king of all the
earth", and demand the nations submit to his rule.
This is the first proclamation of the Gospel of the
- Christ's rule will be resisted by many. Some of
those resisting will think Christ to be the
"Antichrist" they look for. Those nations who
resist will be subdued by Christ and his
immortalized Saints. The survivors will be taught
and ruled by Christ and the Saints. This rule will
last for 1000 years.
Zechariah 14:1-21, Isaiah 66:22-24, Revelation
- During the 1000 years reign of Christ and his
Saints, conditions for mankind, and the earth will
gradually improve, effectively reversing the curse
placed on the earth as a result of Adam's
disobedience. The earth will be restored to the
condition of "very good".
Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 2:2-4, Isaiah 11:1-9
- After the 1000 years reign of Christ and his
Saints, all enemies of Christ will have been
destroyed, the last enemy is DEATH. The earth will
then be "filled with the Glory of the LORD", as God
intended. Christ will then deliver up the kingdom
to God and God will be "All and In All".
I Corinthians 15:24-26, Numbers 14:21
The Bible does not teach, therefore we reject
the following commonly held beliefs:
- We reject the false-doctrine of the
Trinity. We reject the belief that God,
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Spirit, that they are all three co-equal,
co-eternal. We also reject the belief that
all three are one.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, I Corinthians
8:6, Ephesians 4:6, John 17:3
We reject the belief that a person has
an "immortal soul" that will continue
to live on, after the person's body
dies, that such "immortal soul"
continues to live on as follows:
I Corinthians 15:47, Ecclesiastes
3:18-21, Ecclesiastes 8:10, Isaiah 40:6
- We reject the belief that a
good person's soul goes to Heaven
(God's dwelling place). The
scriptures never promise Heaven to
anyone, at death, or after
Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:9,11,22,29
- We reject the belief that a
wicked person's soul goes to a
"burning hell" for punishment. The
scriptures never promise eternal
punishing to anyone, at death, or
Genesis 37:35, Job 14:13, Psalm
49:14, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah
66:22-24, II Thessalonians
- We reject that the "Devil" and "Satan",
found referred to in the Bible, is a person
or fallen angel.
I Timothy 3:11, Titus 2:3
- We reject the belief that Gifts of
Power of the Holy Spirit are available to
us today, as they were during the first
century when the events recorded in the New
Testament were being done.
I Corinthians 12:27-31, I Corinthians
- We reject the belief that the body of
Christ (His Ecclesia) is the "spiritual"
kingdom preached by Jesus and the apostles,
and foretold by the prophets.
II Samuel 7:12-16, Luke 1:30-33, Ezekiel
(pay particular attention to v. 25,
"wherein your fathers have dwelt". No such
"spiritual kingdom" existed in those days.
It refers to a physical kingdom, not a
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