Belief

Origin


Christadelphians believe...
  • The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the only authoritative source for the saving truth of the gospel (2Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20).
  • There is One God, the Father and Creator of all things, dwelling corporeally in the heavens. He is immortal, invisible and all wise, filling all space by His spirit. He has revealed His divine will and purpose with mankind and with the earth in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:24; 1Kings 8:27; Heb 1:1; 2Peter 1:21).
  • Jesus of Nazareth is Son of God and Son of Man. He was divinely begotten by God by the power of the Holy Spirit resting upon a human mother, Mary, a virgin and descendant of the royal house of David. He had no corporeal existence prior to his birth and he was made in all points like his brethren, human. He was put to death on the cross as a sacrifice for sin, but because of his perfect obedience, he was raised from the dead for the pardon of all believing in him (Luke 1:3-35; Isaiah 53:1-12; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 2:24; Romans 4:25; 8:3).
  • The Holy Spirit is the Power of God, a divine energy by which He fills all space and creates and sustains all things (Luke 1:35; Psalm 51:11; 104:30; 139:7-12). The miraculous gifts of the Spirit, as manifested by the believers of the first century, have now been withdrawn in accordance with 1Corinthians 13.
  • Man is a mortal creature whose consciousness utterly ceases at death, and therefore, renewed life can come only through a bodily resurrection therefrom (Genesis 3:19; Ezekiel 18:4; Psalm 6:5; Ecclesiastes 3:18-19; 9:5,6; Isaiah 38:18-19; 1Corinthians 15:13-21; John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2).
  • The Earth shall abide forever, and will ultimately be filled with a race of righteous and immortal men and women who will reveal the glory of God in their divine nature and almighty power (Numbers 14:21; Psalm 72:19; Acts 15:14, Revelations 3:12; 20:6; 21:3; 1Corinthians 15:20-28; Ecclesiastes 1:4; Isaiah 45:18).
  • The Gospel was preached to Abraham when God promised him the land of Canaan (modern Israel) for an everlasting possession: to David when God promised him a Son to sit on his throne forever; to the Jews when they were informed of God's promises to Abraham and David, and confirmed when Christ proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom of God; and to all mankind when the apostles and their associates carried the same preaching "and the name of Jesus Christ" into all the world (Galatians 3:8, 2Samuel 7:12-29, Luke 1:31-33; Romans 15:8; Mark 1:14-15; Acts 8:12; Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:30-35).
  • The Redeemed who will inherit the promised blessings are those drawn out of all nations by the power of the gospel, and have rendered obedience to its precepts by baptism and a walk in faith. These blessings will be bestowed when Christ returns from the right hand of God to raise dead believers, and together with living believers, gathers them to his Judgment Seat to reward the righteous with eternal life, and punish the wicked with everlasting destruction; finally establishing this glorious kingdom on the earth (Acts 15:16; Romans 6:3-5; 2Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:5-9; Luke 14:15; 1Corinthians 15:51-57; 2Timothy 4:1,8).
  • The Kingdom of God was the ancient kingdom of Israel under David. It will be re-established on earth with its king, the Lord Jesus Christ reigning from Jerusalem. To that end, Christ, at his coming, will complete the restoration of the Jews to the land, and establish his rule over all the earth. He will reign with the assistance of his glorified believers. This rule will continue for 1000 years, at the conclusion of which, another judgment will take place, of those who have lived during the millennium. The righteous will be given eternal life, the unrighteous will be delivered unto death; and a perfected earth, in which death itself will have been eliminated, will ultimately be delivered unto God that He might be "all and in all" (1Chronicles 28:5; 29:23, Jeremiah 3:17; 23:5-8; Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10-12; 14:1; Zechariah 6:13; 1Corinthians 15:24-28). The present restoration of the Jews, and revival of Israel, is preliminary to this glorious consummation. The Jewish people will be humbled, disciplined and educated in the truth concerning Jesus Christ, and will be incorporated as mortal citizens in the kingdom he will establish on earth, as the commencement of a worldwide conversion of all peoples.