That God created the world (Gen. 1:1) and it was very good (Gen. 1:31). However, because of man’s rebellion, God now is in the redemptive process of reconciling his creation to Himself according to His perfect plan and will. (2 Cor. 5:18-20).
As part of God’s perfect creation, we believe that man was created in the image of God, totally compatible with Him. However, man sinned and, consequently, experienced not only physical death but also spiritual death (which is separation from God). The consequences of this sin infect and affect the entire human race: all human beings are born with a sinful nature and do, in fact, sin in thought, word and deed. (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Rom. 3:23, 5:12-19, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:18; Mark 7:20-23; John 2:24-25). But God has made provision to reconcile us to Him again:
That whoever, by faith alone, relies on or trust Jesus Christ as Savior instantly becomes a child of God forever. This salvation is not the result of any human effort or merit, at any time, but is God’s free gift, purchased at the price of His own Son. (John 1:12; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:28)
That everyone who trusts in Christ as Savior has absolute assurance of eternal life, regardless of future performance, based solely upon the integrity of God’s promise that everyone who believes has everlasting life and will not come to judgment. (1 John 5:11-13).
That all believers are kept eternally secure by the power of God through the new birth, the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit and intercession of Christ. (John 10:28-30, 14:16-17; 1 Pet. 1:23; Eph. 4:30; 1 John 2:1; Rom. 8:38-39).
That all believers, although born again, still possess a sinful nature in this life, but that God has made full provision for us to overcome this sinful nature and to live for God through identification with Christ, a knowledge of the Scriptures and by yielding in faith to the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Rom. 7:15-21, 6:1-11, 8:11-13; Gal. 5:16-24; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 John 1:9, 2:1-2).
That all who have been justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are not only presently being sanctified, but one day will be glorified (Romans 8:30). This means that each believer is promised a new, perfect body, like Christ’s own resurrection body (Phil. 3:21), by which to glorify God forever in His Kingdom (Romans 8:18-23; 1 Cor. 15:35-58).