Beliefs of the WKG

The triune God

According to the testimony of Scripture, God is a divine being in three eternal, identical but different persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the only true God, eternal, unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. He is the creator of heaven and earth, sustainer of the universe and source of salvation for man. Although transcendent, God acts directly and personally on man. God is love and infinite goodness ...

God, the father

God, the Father, is the first person of the deity, the unqualified, of whom the Son was begotten eternally, and of whom the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally through the Son. The Father, who has created all things visible and invisible through the Son, sends forth the Son for salvation, and gives the Holy Spirit to our renewal and acceptance as children of God. (John 1,1.14, 18; Roman 15,6; Colossians 1,15-16; John 3,16; 14,26; 15,26; Romans ...

God, the son

God, the Son, is the second person of the Godhead, fathered eternally by the Father. He is the word and image of the Father through him and for him God has created all things. He was sent by the Father as Jesus Christ, God revealed in the flesh, to give us salvation. He was received by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, he was all God and all man, united two natures in one person. He, the son ...

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the deity and goes eternally from the Father through the Son. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus Christ whom God sent to all believers. The Holy Spirit lives in us, unites us with the Father and the Son, and transforms us through repentance and sanctification, and by constant renewal conforms to the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the source of inspiration and prophecy in the Bible and the source of unity and ...

The kingdom of God

The kingdom of God, in the broadest sense, is God's supremacy. God's reign is already evident in the church and in the life of every believer who submits to his will. The kingdom of God will be erected as a world order after Christ's return, when all things will be subject to him. (Psalm 2,6-9; 93,1-2; Lukas 17,20-21; Daniel 2,44; Mark 1,14-15; 1 Corinthians 15,24-28; Revelation 11,15; 21.3.22-27; 22,1-5) The present and future ...

Man [humanity]

God created man, man and woman, in the image of God. God blessed man and commanded him to multiply and fill the earth. In love, the Lord gave man power to subdue the earth as a steward and govern their creatures. In the creation story, man is the crown of creation; the first person is Adam. Symbolized by Adam, who sinned, humanity lives in rebellion against its Creator and has ...

The Holy Scriptures

Holy Scripture is the inspired Word of God, the faithful testimony of the Gospel, and the true and accurate portrayal of God's revelation to man. Insofar, the Holy Scriptures are infallible and fundamental to the Church in all questions of teaching and life. How do we know who Jesus is and what Jesus taught? How do we know if a gospel is real or false? Which authoritative basis is there for teaching and life? The bible is the ...

The church

The Church, the Body of Christ, is the community of all who believe in Jesus Christ and in whom the Holy Spirit dwells. The Church's mission is to preach the gospel, to teach all that Christ has commanded, to baptize and feed the flock. In fulfillment of this mission, the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, uses the Bible as a guide and is constantly guided by Jesus Christ, her living Head. The Bible says: Who in Christ ...

The Christ

Christ is anyone who puts his trust in Christ. With the renewal of the Holy Spirit, the Christian experiences a new birth and is, by God's grace, by adoption, placed in a right relationship with God and fellow human beings. The life of a Christian is characterized by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 10,9-13, Galatians 2,20, John 3,5-7, Mark 8,34, John 1,12-13, 3,16-17, Romans 5,1, 8,9, John 13,35, Galatians 5,22-23) What does it mean to a child ...

The angelic world

Angels are created spirits. They are equipped with free will. The holy angels serve God as messengers and agents, are ministering spirits to those who are to receive salvation, and will accompany Christ upon his return. The disobedient angels are called demons, evil spirits, and unclean spirits. Angels are spirits, messengers and servants of God. (Hebrews 1,14, Revelation 1,1, 22,6, Matthew 25,31, 2, Peter 2,4, Mark 1,23, Matthew 10,1) ...

Satan

Satan is a fallen angel, leader of the evil forces in the spirit world. In the Scriptures he is addressed in various ways: devils, adversaries, evil, murderers, liars, thieves, tempters, accusers of our brothers, dragon, god of this world. He is in constant rebellion against God. Through his influence he sows discord, delusion and disobedience among men. He is already defeated in Christ, and his dominion and influence as God ...

The gospel

The gospel is the good news of salvation through God's grace because of faith in Jesus Christ. It is the message that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, that according to the Scriptures the third day was raised and then appeared to his disciples. The gospel is the good news that through the work of salvation of Jesus Christ we can enter the kingdom of God. (1: Corinthians 15,1-5; Acts 5,31; Luke 24,46-48; John ...

Christian behavior

The foundation of Christian behavior is trust and loving fidelity to our Savior, who loved us and gave himself for us. Trust in Jesus Christ is expressed in faith in the gospel and in works of love. Through the Holy Spirit, Christ transforms the hearts of his faithful and bears fruit: love, joy, peace, faithfulness, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, justice and truth. (1, John ...

God's grace

God's grace is the undeserved favor that God is willing to bestow on all His creation. In the broadest sense, God's grace manifests itself in every act of divine self-revelation. By grace, man and the whole cosmos are redeemed from sin and death through Jesus Christ, and through grace, man obtains the power to know and love God and Jesus Christ in the joy of eternal salvation in the world Kingdom of God. (Colossians 1,20; ...

sin

Sin is lawlessness, a state of rebellion against God. Since the time when sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, man is under the yoke of sin - a yoke that can only be taken away by Jesus Christ through God's grace. The sinful state of humanity manifests itself in the tendency to put oneself and one's own interests above God and His will. Sin leads to alienation from God and to suffering and death. Because all ...

Believe in God

Faith in God is a gift of God, rooted in His incarnate Son and enlightened by His eternal Word through the testimony of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Faith in God makes the heart and meaning of man receptive to God's gift of grace, salvation. Through Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit, faith empowers us to spiritual fellowship and active fidelity to God, our Father. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher ...

Salvation

Salvation is the restoration of the communion of man with God and the salvation of all creation from the bondage of sin and death. God gives salvation not only for the present life, but for eternity to every person who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is a gift of God, made possible by grace, given by faith in Jesus Christ, not earned by personal merit or good ...

assurance of salvation

The Bible affirms that all who remain in the faith of Jesus Christ will be saved and that nothing will ever be removed from them by the hand of Christ. The Bible emphasizes the infinite fidelity of the Lord and the absolute sufficiency of Jesus Christ for our salvation. It also emphasizes the everlasting love of God for all peoples, calling the gospel the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. In the possession of this certainty of salvation, the believer ...

justification

Justification is an act of grace in and through Jesus Christ through which the believer is justified in the eyes of God. Thus, by believing in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of God is given to man, and he finds peace with his Lord and Savior. Christ is the offspring and the old covenant is outdated. In the new covenant, our relationship with God is based on a different foundation, based on a different agreement. (Romans 3, 21-31; 4,1-8; ...

The Christian Sabbath

The Christian Sabbath is the life in Jesus Christ, in which every believer finds true rest. The weekly seventh-day Sabbath commanded to Israel in the Ten Commandments was a shadow that pointed to the true reality of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 4,3.8-10, Matthew 11,28-30, 2, Moses 20,8-11, Colossians 2,16-17) Celebrating Salvation in Christ Worship is our response to the gracious acts that God has done for us ...

contrition

Repentance (also translated as "repentance") towards the gracious God is a change of mind, effected by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Word of God. Repentance includes awareness of one's own sinfulness and accompanies a new life, sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. (Acts 2,38; Romans 2,4; 10,17; Romans 12,2) Understanding Reconciliation A terrible fear, "was the description of a young man for his great fear that God had him because of ...

sanctification

Sanctification is a act of grace by which God attributes to the believer the justice and holiness of Jesus Christ and involves him in it. Sanctification is experienced through faith in Jesus Christ and is effected by the presence of the Holy Spirit in man. (Romans 6,11, 1, John 1,8-9, Romans 6,22, 2, Thessalonians 2,13, Galatians 5, 22-23) Sanctification According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, sacred means "singling or holding something holy," or "from sin ...

worship

Worship is the divinely created answer to the glory of God. It is motivated by divine love and springs from the divine self-revelation towards its creation. In worship, the believer enters into communication with God, the Father, through Jesus Christ, mediated by the Holy Spirit. Worship also means that we humbly and joyfully give priority to God in all things. It manifests itself in attitudes and actions ...

baptism

The baptism of water sign of the faithful's remorse, signs that he accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is part of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Being baptized "with the Holy Spirit and with fire" refers to the renewing and purifying work of the Holy Spirit. The Worldwide Church of God practices baptism by immersion. (Matthew 28,19, Acts 2,38, Romans 6,4-5, Luke 3,16, 1, Corinthians 12,13, 1, Peter 1,3-9, Matthew ...

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is a reminder of what Jesus has done in the past, a symbol of our present relationship with him, and a promise of what he will do in the future. Whenever we celebrate the sacrament, we take bread and wine to commemorate our Redeemer and announce his death until he comes. The Lord's Supper is part of the death and resurrection of our Lord, who gave his body and shed his blood to forgive us ...

Financial stewardship

Christian financial stewardship means dealing with personal resources in ways that reflect the love and generosity of God. This includes the obligation to donate part of the personal funds for the work of the Church. Out of donations, the mission of the church is God-given to preach the gospel and to feed the flock. Gifts and donations reflect reverence, faith, obedience and ...

Management structure of the church

The head of the church is Jesus Christ. He reveals to the church the will of the Father through the Holy Spirit. Through Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches and empowers the Church to serve the needs of the churches. The Worldwide Church of God seeks to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the care of its churches and in the appointment of elders, deacons and deacons. (Colossians 1,18; Ephesians 1,15-23; Johannes 16,13-15; ...

Biblical prophecy

Prophecy reveals God's will and plan for humanity. In biblical prophecy, God declares that human sinfulness is forgiven through repentance and faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Prophecy proclaims God as the almighty Creator and Judge of all, assuring humanity of His love, grace, and faithfulness, and motivating the believer to a God-fearing life in Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 46,9-11; Luke 24,44-48; ...

The second coming of Christ

Jesus Christ, as He promised, will return to earth to judge and govern all peoples in the Kingdom of God. His second coming in power and glory will be visible. This event initiates the resurrection and reward of the saints. (John 14,3, Revelation 1,7, Matthew 24,30, 1, Thessalonian 4,15-17, Revelation 22,12) Will Christ Return? What do you think would be the biggest event that could happen on the world stage? ...

The heritage of the faithful

The heritage of believers is salvation and eternal life in Christ as God's children in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Already, the father puts believers in the kingdom of his son; their inheritance will be kept ready in heaven and will be handed over in full at the second coming of Christ. The Risen Saints reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God. (1, John 3,1-2; 2,25; Roman 8, 16-21; Colossians 1,13; Daniel 7,27; 1; Petrus 1,3-5; ...

The Last Judgment [eternal judgment]

At the end of the age, God will gather all the living and the dead before the heavenly throne of Christ for judgment. The righteous will receive eternal glory, the ungodly condemnation in the fiery lake. In Christ, the Lord makes gracious and just provision for all, including those who seemingly did not believe in the gospel at death. (Matthew 25,31-32; Acts 24,15; John 5,28-29; Revelation 20,11-15; 1: Timothy 2,3-6; 2; Peter 3,9;

hell

Hell is the separation and alienation of God, chosen by incorrigible sinners. In the New Testament, hell is pictorially referred to as a "fiery pool," "darkness," and Gehenna (after the valley of Hinnom near Jerusalem, a place of burning for filth). Hell is described as punishment, suffering, torment, eternal perdition, howling and teeth grinding. Scheol and Hades, two terms often translated as "hell" and "grave" from the Biblical ...

Heaven

"Heaven" as a biblical term denotes the chosen dwelling of God as well as the eternal destiny of all redeemed children of God. To be in heaven is to stay with Christ in Christ, where death, sorrow, weeping and pain no longer exist. Heaven is described as "everlasting joy," "bliss," "peace," and the "righteousness of God." (1: Kings 8,27-30; 5: Moses 26,15; Matthew 6,9; Acts 7,55-56; John 14,2-3; Revelation 21,3-4; 22,1-5; 2.

The intermediate state

The intermediate state is the state in which the dead are until the resurrection of the body. Depending on the interpretation of relevant scriptures, Christians have different views on the nature of this intermediate state. Some passages say that the dead consciously experience this state, others that their consciousness has died out. The Worldwide Church of God believes that both views should be respected. (Isaiah 14,9-10; Ezekiel ...

The millennium

The Millennium is the period of time described in the book of Revelation in which Christian martyrs will reign with Jesus Christ. After the millennium, when Christ has defeated all enemies and subjugated all things, he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, and heaven and earth will be made new. Some Christian traditions literally interpret the millennium as a thousand years preceding or following the coming of Christ;

Historical creeds

A creed (Credo, from lat. "I believe") is a summary formulation of beliefs. It wants to enumerate important truths, clarify teachings, separate truth from error. It is usually kept in a way that it can easily be memorized. A number of passages in the Bible have the character of creeds. So Jesus uses the schema based on 5. Moses 6,4-9, as a creed. Paul makes ...