Unamended Christadelphian Statement of Faith
Or Doctrines Forming Their Basis of Fellowship
- That the only true God is He who was revealed
to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by angelic visitation
and vision, and to Moses at the flaming bush
(unconsumed) and at Sinai, and who manifested
Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the supreme
self-existent Deity, the ONE FATHER, dwelling in
unapproachable light, yet everywhere present by His
Spirit, which is a unity with His person in heaven.
He hath, out of His own underived energy, created
heaven and earth, and all that in them is. (Deut.
6:1; I Kings 8:30-39,43-49; I Chron. 29:11-14; II
Chron. 16:9; Neh. 9:6; Job 9:4; 26:13; 28:24;
34:21; 36:5; Job 38,39 and 40; Psa. 33:13-14;
44:21; 62:11; 92:5; 94:9; 104:24; 123:1; 124:8;
139:7-11; 145:3; 146:6 147:4-5; 148:5; Prov. 15:3;
Isa. 26:4; 28:29; 40:13-27; 43:10-12; 44:6-8; 45:5;
46:9-10; Jer.10:12-13; 23:24 27:5; 32:19,25; 51:15;
Amos 9:2-3; Matt. 6:9; Mark 12:29-32; Acts 14:15;
17:24; 27-28; Rom. 16:27; I Cor. 8:4-6; Eph. 4:6; I
Tim. 1:17; 2:5; 6:15-16).
- That Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God,
begotten of the virgin Mary by the
Holy Spirit, without the intervention of man, and
afterwards anointed with the same Spirit, without
measure, at his baptism. (Isa. 7:14; 11:2; 42:1;
49:1; Matt. 1:18-25; 3:16-17; Luke 1:26-35; John
3:34; 7:16; 8:26-28; 14:10-24; Acts 2:22,24,36;
Gal.4:4; 1 Tim. 3:16).
- That the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth on the
earth was necessitated by the position and state
into which the human race had been brought by the
circumstances connected with the first man. (Gen.
3:19; Rom. 5:12-19; I Cor. 15:21-22; II Cor.
- That the first man was Adam, whom God created
out of the dust of the ground as a living soul, or
natural body of life, "very good" in kind and
condition, and he was placed under a law through
which the continuance of life was contingent on
obedience. (Gen. 2:7:17; Job 4:19; 33:6; I Cor.
- That Adam broke this law, and was sentenced to
return to the ground from whence he was taken- a
sentence which in effect defiled and became a
physical law of his being, and was transmitted to
all his posterity. (Gen. 3:15-19,22-23; Job 14:4;
Psa. 51:5; John 3:6; Rom. 5:12; 6:12; 7:18-24; I
Cor. 15:22; II Cor. 1:9; 5:2-4; Gal.5:16-17).
- That God, in His kindness, conceived a plan of
restoration which, without setting aside His just
and necessary law of sin and death, should
ultimately rescue the obedient of the race from
destruction, and people the earth with sinless
immortals. (John 1:29; 3:16; Rom. 3:26; II Tim.
1:1,10; Titus 1:2; I John 2:25; Rev. 21:4).
- That He inaugurated this plan by making
promises to Adam, Abraham, and David, which were
afterwards elaborated in greater detail through the
prophets. (Gen. 3:15; 22:18; Psa. 89:34-37;
Hosea 13:14; Isa. 25:7-9; 51:1-8; Jer. 23:5).
- That these promises had reference to Jesus
Christ, who was to be raised up of the condemned
race of Adam, in the line of Abraham and David, and
who, though wearing the condemned nature, was to
obtain a title to resurrection by perfect
obedience, and by dying abrogate the law of
condemnation for himself and all who should believe
and obey him. (Psa. 2:6-9; Dan. 7:13-14; Jer. 23:5;
Zech. 14:9; Matt. 25:21; Mark16:16; John 5:21-22,
26-27; 14:3; Acts 13:34-39; Rom. 1:3; 3:22;
5:19-21; 8:3-4; 6:9-10; I Cor. 15:45; Gal. 1:4;
4:4-5; Eph. 1:9-10; Heb. 1:9; 2:14-16; 5:3-9; 7:27;
9:26; Rev. 1:18; 2:7: 3:21; 11:15).
- That it was this mission that necessitated the
miraculous begettal of Christ of a virgin
descendant of Adam, enabling him to bear our
condemnation, and, at the same time, to be a
sinless bearer thereof, and, therefore, one who
could rise after suffering the death required by
the righteousness of God; and thus he destroyed in
his own mortal nature that having the power of
death, which is the devil; and will finally destroy
the devil, or sin in the flesh, in all its forms of
manifestation. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke
1:26-35; Rom. 1:3-4; 8:3; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 4:3-4;
Heb. 2:17; 4:15).
- That being so begotten of God, and inhabited
and used by God through the indwelling of the Holy
Spirit, Jesus was Immanuel, God with us, God
manifested in the flesh-yet was, during his natural
life, of like nature with mortal man, being made of
a woman, of the house and lineage of David, and
therefore a sufferer, in the days of his flesh,
from all the effects that came by Adam's
transgression, including the death that passed upon
all men, which he shared by partaking of their
physical nature. (Matt. 1:23; Gal. 4:4; I Tim.
3:16; Heb. 2:14,17).
- That the message he delivered from God to his
kinsmen, the Jews, was a call to repentance from
every evil work, the assertion of his divine
sonship and Jewish kingship; and the proclamation
of the glad tidings that God would restore their
kingdom through him, and accomplish all things
written in the prophets. (Matt. 4:17; 5:17,20-48;
19:28; 21:42-43; 23:38-39; 25:14-46; 27:11-42; Mark
1:15; Luke 4:43; 13:27-30; 19:11-27; 22:28-30; 24:44;
John 1:49; 9:35-37; 10:24-25,36; 11:27; 19:21).
- That for delivering this message, he was put to
death by the Jews and Romans, who were however, but
instruments in the hands of God, for the doing of
that which He had determined before to be done,
viz., the condemnation of sin in the flesh, through
the offering of the body of Jesus once for all, as
a propitiation to declare the righteousness of God,
as a basis for the remission of sins. All who
approach God through this crucified, but risen,
representative of Adam's disobedient race, are
forgiven. Therefore, by a figure, his blood
cleanseth from sin. (Matt. 26:28; Luke 19:47;
22:20; 23:26-48; 24:26, 46-47; John 11:45-53; 14:6;
Acts 4:12,27-28; 10:38-39; 13:26-29,38; Rom. 3:25;
8:3; 15:8; Gal. 1:4; 2:21; 3:21-22; 4:4-5; Heb.
7:27; 9:14-15; 26-29; 10:10; I Pet. 3:18; 2:24; I
- That on the third day, God raised him from the
dead, and exalted him to the heavens as priestly
mediator between God and man, in the process of
gathering from among them a people who should be
saved by the belief and obedience of the truth.
(Acts 2:24-27; 10:40; 13:30-37; I Cor.
- That he is a priest over his own house only,
and does not intercede for the world, or for
professors who are abandoned to disobedience. That
he makes intercession for his erring brethren, if
they confess and forsake their sins. (Prov. 28:13;
Luke 24:51; John 17:9; Acts 5:31; 15:14;
Eph.1:20; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14-15; 8:1; 10:26; I
- That he sent forth apostles to proclaim
salvation through him, as the only name given under
heaven whereby men may be saved. (Matt. 28:19-20;
Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8; 4:12; 26:16-18).
- That the way to obtain this salvation is to
believe the gospel they preached, and to take on
the name and service of Christ, by being immersed
in water into his name and continuing patiently in
the observance of all things he has commanded, none
being recognized as his friends except those who do
what he has commanded. (Matt.28:20; Mark 16:16;
John 15:14; Acts 2:38,41; 8:12; 10:47; 13:48; 16:31;
Rom. 1:16; 2:7; 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27-29).
- That the gospel consists of "the things
cocerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus
Christ." (Acts 8:12; 19:8,10,20; 28:30-31).
- That "the things of the kingdom of God"
are the facts and truths testified concerning the
kingdom of God in the writings of the prophets and
apostles, and definable as in the next twelve
- That God will set up a kingdom in the earth,
which will overthrow all others, and change them
into "the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ."
(Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Isa. 11:9-10; 32:1,16; Rev.
- That for this purpose God will send Jesus
Christ personally to the earth at the close of the
times of the Gentiles. (Psa. 102:16,21; Dan. 7:13-14;
Acts 1:9,11; 3:20-21; II Tim. 4:1).
- That the kingdom which he will establish will
be the kingdom of Israel restored, in the territory
it formerly occupied, viz., the land bequeathed for
an everlasting possession to Abraham and his seed
(the Christ) by covenant. (Gen. 22:14,17; Lev.
26:42; Jer. 23:3,8; Ezek. 37:21-22; Amos 9:11,15;
Micah 4:6-8; 7:20; Gal. 3:16; Heb. 11:8-9).
- That this restoration of the kingdom again to
Israel will involve the ingathering of God's chosen
but scattered nation, the Jews; their reinstatement
in the land of their fathers, when it shall have
been reclaimed from "the desolation of many
generations;" the building again of Jerusalem to
become "the throne of the Lord" and the metropolis
of the whole earth. (Isa. 11:12; 24:23; 51:3;
60:15; 62:4; Jer. 3:7; 31:10; Ezek. 36:34,36; Joel
3:17; Micah 4:7-8; Zech. 8:8).
- That the governing body of the kingdom so
established will be the brethren of Christ, of all
generations, developed by resurrection and change,
and constituting, with Christ as their head, the
collective "seed of Abraham," in whom all nations
will be blessed, and comprising "Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, and all the prophets,"and all in their
age of like faithfulness. (Dan. 12:2; Matt.
25:34; Luke 13:28; 14:14; John 5:28-29; 6:39-40;
I Thess. 4:15-17; Rev. 11:18).
- That a law will be established, which shall go
forth to the nations for their "instruction" in
righteousness," resulting in the abolition of war
to the ends of the earth; and the "filling of the
earth with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as
the waters cover the sea." (Isa. 2:4; 11:2-5; 42:4;
Micah 4:2; Hab. 2:14).
- That at the appearing of Christ prior to the
establishment of the kingdom, the responsible
(faithful and unfaithful), dead and living of both
classes, will be summoned before his judgment seat
"to be judged according to their works;" and
"receive in body according to what they have done,
whether it be good or bad." (Rom. 2:5-6,16;
14:10-12; I Cor. 4:5; II Cor. 5:10; II Tim. 4:1;
- That the unfaithful will be consigned to shame
and "the second death," and the faithful invested
with immortality, and exalted to reign with Jesus
as joint rulers of the kingdom, co-possessors of
the earth, and joint administrators of God's
authority among men in everything. (Psa.
37:9,22,29-38; 49:7-9; Prov. 10:25-30; Dan. 7:27;
12:2; Mal. 4:1; Matt. 5:5; 7:26; 8:12; 25:21; Luke
22:29-30; John 10:28; Rom. 2:7; I Cor.
15:51-55; II Cor. 5:1-4; Gal. 1:8; 5:21; I Thess.
2:12; II Thess. 1:8; II Tim. 2:12; Heb. 10:26-31;
James 1:12; II Peter 1:11; 2:9; Rev. 3:21; 5:9-10;
- That the kingdom of God, thus constituted, will
continue a thousand years, during which sin and
death will continue among the earth's
subject-inhabitants, though in a much milder degree
than now. (Isa. 65: 20)
- That the mission of the kingdom will be to
subdue all enemies, and finally death itself, by
opening up the way of life to the nations, which
they will enter by faith, during the thousand
years, and (in reality) at their close. (Isa.
25:6-8; I Cor. 15:24-26; Rev. 20:12-15; 21:4).
- That at the close of the thousand years, there
will be a final extinction of the wicked,
and the immortalization of those who shall have
established their title (under the grace of God) to
eternal life during the thousand years. (I Cor.
- That the government (in its mediatorial aspect)
will then be delivered up by Jesus to the Father,
who will manifest Himself as the "All-in-all;" sin
and death having been taken out of the way, and the
obedient of the race completely restored to the
friendship of the Deity. (I Cor. 15:28).
- That the Scriptures, composing the book
currently known as the Bible, are the only source
now extant of knowledge concerning God and His
purposes, and that they were given wholly by the
unerring inspiration of God in the writers, and
that such errors as have since crept in are due to
transcription or translation. (Neh. 9:30; Luke 1:70; John
10:35; I Cor. 2:13; 14:37; II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1;
II Peter 1:21).