THE ETERNAL STATE
The soul and the human spirit of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation immediately pass into His presence at the moment of physical death. The soul and the human spirit remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming. At this time, soul, human spirit and body reunite, and shall forever be associated with His glory. The souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium. At this time, the soul and body reunited shall be cast into the eternal Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be salted with everlasting destruction and banished from the presence of the Lord forever (Luk 16:19-26, 23:43; 2Co 5:8; Phi 1:23; 2Th 1:7-9; Jud 6:7; Rev 20:11-15).
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BELIEVER
Salvation is just the beginning. It is God's desire that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1Ti 2:4). This implies that we believers must continually learn His Word on a daily basis in order to fulfill God's purpose, plan, and will. Executing His plan for our lives is what ultimately will bring glory to the Lord (Rom 12:1-2; 2Co 13:9; 1Ti 4:6; 1Pe 2:2; 2Pe 3:18).
The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return (1Co 11:23-36).
In Jesus’ great commission, He explicitly states that we go out and baptize those who believe (Mat 28:19-20). In the early Church, there is much evidence that water baptisms were carried out faithfully as a public display of faith (Acts 10:47-48).
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
God, existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is sovereign. He exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of, and consistent with, the essence and attributes of deity (1Ch 29:11-12, Dan 4:35, Psa 24:1, Eph 1:11, 1Ti 6:15).
However, God in His sovereignty will not violate the free will of man. The free will of man and the sovereignty of God coexist by divine decree (1Ti 2:4-6, Rom 5:8-10, 32-33, 16:24-25; Joh 3:16,36).
THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT
Man's inherent sin nature is antagonistic to the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the believer (Gal 5:17). Believers are commanded to walk by means of the Spirit and be filled with the Spirit in order that they may abide in God’s will (Gal 5:16; Eph 4:30, 5:18; 1Th 5:19).
God the Holy Spirit, in grace and apart from human merits, administers a spiritual gift to believers in this dispensation. Permanent spiritual gifts in existence today include pastor/teachers, evangelists, administrators, and others. The temporary spiritual gifts ceased with the completion of the canon of scripture. These temporary gifts were apostleship, prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, healing, and working of miracles (1Co 12:13, Eph 4:7-12, Rom 12:4-8). Though spiritual gifts of miracles and healing have ceased, God may, and does, heal and miraculously intervene by His direct action (Isa 46:10, Mat 28:18, Jam 5:16).