WHAT I BELIEVE NOW

1. I BELIEVE in the living God Who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who
believe (1 Timothy 4:10). His salvation will ultimately reconcile all of humanity to
Himself (Acts 3:21)…but I believe in Him NOW !

2. I BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world
(Revelation 13:8), and I behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world
(John 1:29)…and I behold Him NOW !

3. I BELIEVE that every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will
eventually bow, and that every tongue in heaven and on earth and under the earth
will eventually confess to the glory of God that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9,
10)…but my knees bow to Him NOW …and my tongue confesses that He is Lord NOW !

4. I BELIEVE that all were condemned in Adam, but all are justified in Christ (Romans 5:
17-21), for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians
15:22). I was lost in Adam, but I am found in Christ…condemned in Adam, but justified
in Christ…dead in Adam, but alive in Christ…and I am found, justified, and alive NOW !

5. I BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was and is the atoning sacrifice for my sins, and not for
my sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:22). He has removed
them from me as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and I was chosen in
Him before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and without blame
before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4). I am forgiven…and I am forgiven NOW !

6. I BELIEVE that, because Jesus was lifted up from the earth on the cross, He will
ultimately draw all peoples unto Himself (John 12:32), but I come to Him of my own
free will…and I come to Him NOW !

7. I BELIEVE that the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all humanity shall see it
together (Isaiah 40:5)…that He will pour out of His Spirit on all humanity (Joel 2:28)
…and that He will come with clouds, and every eye shall see Him (Revelation 1:7). But
I see His glory NOW …His Spirit is poured out on me NOW …and I see Him coming to
me NOW !

8. I BELIEVE that it is not His will that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), that the grace of
God that brings salvation has appeared to all people (Titus 2:11), and that God was in
Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them (2
Corinthians 5:19). This knowledge of His universal goodness brings me to
repentance (Romans 2:4)…and His goodness is revealed in my mind NOW !

9. I BELIEVE that God has not appointed us unto wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9), and that we shall not all sleep in death, but
we shall all be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51). I will be saved…and I am being saved
NOW ; I will be changed…and I am being changed NOW !

10. I BELIEVE that all things shall be made subject to Him so that God may be all in all
(1 Corinthians 15:28), and that Christ is all and is in all (Colossians 3:11). The kingdom
of God is IN me (Luke 17:21), and therefore God has revealed His Son IN me
(Galatians 1:16). Christ IN me is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), so I acknowledge
that Christ is IN me…and He is revealed IN me NOW !

... By Bishop Jim Swilley...........Amen By Rev. Dennis Caldwell