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SoundWords has taken its name from the bible passage 2 Timotheus 1:13:
“Hold fast the form of sound words.”
The primary purpose of SoundWords is to point to the form of healthy words found in the Bible, the inspired Word of God. Knowing and capturing this image is done through faith and love found in Christ and is only possible in the power of the Holy Spirit.
SoundWords is meant to help the growth and edification of those who have gained new life through rebirth and forgiveness of sins. For this purpose SoundWords wants to teach healthy biblical teachings. The gifts which the Lord has given to his church, also in the past centuries, are to be recognized and – often in the form of translated articles – made use of. In addition, SoundWords also deals with doctrinal questions and topics of the practical life of a Christian.
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Used Bible Translation
Normally we use the King James Version or the Darby Translation. If we use a different translation, this is usually indicated in the text.
Our principles of faith
In response to the frequent and justified request of our readers to know who the providers of this website are, we would like to list here some of our basic beliefs.
In doing so, we want to make it clear that we would never sign any creed, even if it were written by ourselves, because all human statements of truth fall far short of the Holy Scriptures, even if everything were taken directly from the written word.
We write the following in awareness of our imperfection. In doing so, we would like to remind you that there is much more that should be listed. Nevertheless, we can say of what we write here: This is what we believe. This is what we have learned from Scripture!
God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit
We believe that there is a living God (1Tim 2:5; 4:10), who has been fully revealed to us in Christ (John 1:18) and made known to us through Him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mt 3:16,17; 28:19; Eph 2:18), in the unity of the Godhead (John 5:19; 1Cor 12:6); three persons in one God. God is the Creator of all things; the act of creation is personally attributed to the Word and the Son and to the working of the Spirit of God (Gen 1:1.2; Job 26:13; Jn 1:1-3; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2).
We believe that the Word who was with God and who was God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1,2,14), in that the Father sent the Son as Saviour of the world (1. John 4:14). He was born as the Christ from a woman (Gal 4:4), by the power of the Holy Spirit who came upon the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35). He was a true man (Phil 2:7; Heb 2:14. 17; 1. John 4:2; 2. John 7), without sin (Luke 1:35; 1. John 3:5); in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in the flesh (Col 2:9); He is the promised offspring of David in the flesh (Rom 1:3; Acts 2:30; 13:23; 2Tim 2:8), the Son of Man (Mt 16:13) and the Son of God, who was with the Father from all eternity (John 1:18,34). He is true God and true man in one person (Phil 2:6-10; 2Cor 5:19-21; Heb 1-2; 1. John 2:23-33; 5:20; Rev 22:12,13; Jn 1:1,14; 8,58).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and is a person (Acts 5:3,4; John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13,14).
Resurrection of Christ
We believe that Christ personally and bodily rose from the dead (1Cor 15:20; Mt 28:6), raised by God, through the glory of the Father (Acts 3:15; John 2:19; Rome 6:4; Eph 1.20), that He also rose again in the power of His person and ascended into the highest place (Mk 16:19; Lk 24:51; Eph 4:8-10), after having cleansed our sins by Himself, and that He sits there at the right hand of God (Heb 1:3; 10:2; Eph 1:20.21).
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
We believe that after Ascension, the Holy Spirit was sent down to earth to dwell in His people individually and collectively, so that they may be the temple of God in both respects (John 16:7; 7:39; Romans 8:9; the Father sends: John 14:26; Christ sends from the Father: John 14:16.17.26; Rom 8:11; 1Cor 6:19; 3:16; Eph 2:22; 1Cor 12:13; Eph 1:23). We are sealed (Eph 1:13; 2Cor 1:22) and anointed with the Holy Spirit (2Cor 1:21; 1. John 2:20.27), with the love of God poured out into our hearts (Rom 5:5); we are guided by Him (Rom 8:14); and He is the pledge of our heritage (Eph 1:14; 2Cor 1:22; 5:5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for all, that He gave Himself for a ransom for all, of which the testimony was proclaimed in His time, that He atoned for our sins, not only for ours, but for the whole world (2. Corinthians 5:14; 1Tim 2:6; 1. John 2:2).
We believe that in this way He obtained eternal redemption (Heb 9:12), that through His sacrifice the sins of all those who believe in Him are washed away once and for all (Heb 1:3; 9:22; 10:2), and that by believing in Him their consciences are also cleansed (Heb 9:14; 10:2). God will never again remember their sins and lawlessness (Heb 10:17). Furthermore, as those called by God, they receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (Heb 9:15), being made perfect forever, so that they may be free to enter the sanctuary through His blood (Heb 10:14; 19:20).
We believe that to enter the Kingdom of God, we must be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:3,5), since we are by nature dead in sins and children of wrath (Eph 2:1-3; 2Cor 5:14).
What God uses for our new birth is His Word (James 1:18; 1Pet 1:23). We therefore become His children by faith (John 1:12). We may know that we are children of God (1Jn 3:1.2).
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Savior, died for our sins (1Cor 15:3; Heb 9:28; 1Pet 3:18), after He was once revealed at the end of the ages to abolish sin through His sacrifice (Heb 9:26).
We believe that He bore our sins in His body on the cross, suffering for the unjust, so that He might lead us to God (1Pet 2:24; 3:18), and that He is our righteousness before God (1Cor 1:30; Heb 9:24).
We believe that our sins are forgiven because of the name of Jesus (Acts 10:43; 1. John 2:12), because of His blood shed for us (Heb 9:22; 10:18), if we confess them. God forgives us because of our confession and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1Jn 1:9).
The love and justice of God
We believe, then, that God loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16), but that for this purpose, since God is a just and holy God, the Son of Man had to be lifted up on the cross (Jn 3:14,15). There on the cursed wood He Himself bore our sin in His body (1Pet 2:24); there He, who did not know sin, was made sin for us so that we might become God’s righteousness in Him (2Cor 5:21).
We have the promise that we will never perish and that no one will take us from the hand of Christ (John 10:28), but that God will fortify us to the end, that we may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (1. Corinthians 1:8)
We believe that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we might be holy and blameless before Him in love (Eph 1:4).
We believe that when believers are in Christ, Christ is in them and that they are called to reveal the life of Jesus in their mortal flesh (John 14:20; Romans 8:10; 2Cor 4:10) and to walk as He walked (1. John 2:6).
The Holy Scriptures
We learn from the example and authority of the Lord and His apostles that the writings of the Old and New Testaments are inspired and received by God as the Word of God. (See Mt 4:4.7.10; Lk 24:25-27,44-46; Jn 5:39; 10:35; Mt 5:17.18; Jn 20:9; Mt 1:23 and a number of other passages; Mt 26:54; 2Pet 1:20. 21; Gal 3:8; 2Tim 3:14-17; 1Thess 2:13; 1Cor 15:2.3; 2:13; 14:36.37; Rom 16:26. Here it is not “the writings of the prophets”, i.e, they are scriptures, but New Testament scriptures; 2Pet 3:16).
We believe that the witness of the Lord is reliable in that it makes the simple man wise and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, and that the Scriptures are not understood by human wisdom but by divine instruction, because they are judged spiritually and revealed, communicated and judged by the Spirit (Ps 19:7; Heb 4:12,13; Lk 24:45; 1Cor 2:10; 1Jn 2:20,27; Jn 6:45; 1Cor 2:12-14).
We believe that while God alone has immortality in and through Himself (1Tim 6:16), the angels are not subject to death (Lk 20:36), and that the death of a human being, whether godless or born again, does not touch the life of his soul, but that all, though they die, live God (Lk 12:4.5; Mt 10:28; Lk 16:23; 20:38), and that the wicked are raised just as the righteous (John 5:28.29; Acts 24:15).
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord has left two solemn customs or ordinances, both of which relate to his death, one initiatory and the other ongoing in the Church of God: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Mt 28:19; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12. 16.36; Acts 9:18; Eph 4:5; 1Cor 1:17; 1Pet 3:21; Rom 6:3; Col 2:12; Mt 26:26-28; 1Cor 10:14-17; 11:23-26).
We believe that Jesus Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it by washing it with water through the Word, that He might present it to Himself glorified, not spotted or wrinkled or anything like that (Eph 5:24-29).
We believe that Christ, as He ascended into the highest heights, received gifts for men, for the perfection of the saints, for the work of service, for the edification of the body of Christ, and that through Christ the whole body, well joined and united by every joint of presentation, brings about the growth of the body for its own self edification in love (Eph 4:6-13; Acts 2:33; 1Cor 12:28; Rom 12:6; 1Pet 4:10,11).
We believe that according to Scripture there is only one church (or assembly), consisting of all born-again Christians, no matter what denomination, church, group or circle they may belong to (Acts 20:28; Mt 16:18; Eph 1:22,23).
We believe that in the eyes of God there can be only one church in any one place, consisting of all born-again Christians who dwell in that place, and that this church is a representation of the one worldwide church of God (Matthew 18:15-20; 1. Corinthians 1:2; 1. Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:4). The representation of this is found where there is progress in the unity of the children of God (Eph 4:4) and where Godly church discipline is practiced: in doctrine, morals and connections (1. Corinthians 5; 2Tim 2:18-22; 1. Corinthians 10:14-22; Gal 5:9).
We believe that all local churches are connected to one another through the connection of all individual believers to the common head and through the working of the one Spirit (Eph 4:3,4,15,16; 5:23,30).
We believe that we are converted to expect God’s Son from heaven (1Thess 1:9,10; Tit 2:12,13; Lk 12:35-37).
The return of Christ for His own
We believe that Christ will come again to take us to Himself (Jn 14:3), raising up His own who have already fallen asleep and transforming those who are still alive, transforming their bodies into conformation with His glorious body, according to the power with which He is able to subject all things to Himself (1Thess 4:16,17; 1Cor 15:23,51,52; Phil 3:20,21).
We believe that God has set a day on which He will judge this world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed for this purpose, and has given proof of this to all by raising Him from the dead (Acts 17:31), and that He will sit on the great white throne at the end and judge the dead, the great and the small (Rev 20:11.12).
We believe that each one of us will give account to God for himself (Rom 14:12) and that he will receive what he has done in the body, whether good or evil (2Cor 5:10). And just as the righteous inherits eternal life (Rom 6:22,23; Mt 25:46), so the wicked will be punished with eternal damnation from the face of the Lord; he will go to eternal damnation and be thrown into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Yes, everyone who is not found written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire (2Thess 1:7-9; Mt 25:46; Rev 20:15).