Seventh Day Adventists Creed

with a few of our comments
The Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement teaches certain fundamental beliefs which, together with scriptural references upon which these beliefs are based, are summarized as follows:

God, the Father
There is but one God, the eternal Father, the Creator; a personal, spiritual Being, infinite in love and wisdom, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, immortal.   Expanded edition

References: Exodus 20:2, 3; Isaiah 45:5-12, 18, 20-22; John 4:24; Psalm 139:1-12.

Jesus Christ, the Son
Jesus Christ is ~the Son of God, one in nature with the eternal Father. Through Christ all things were created. Retaining His divine nature, Christ took upon Himself human nature, was made flesh, and lived on earth as a man but without sin, being an example for us. He died for our sins on the cross, rose again from the dead, and ascended to the Father where He lives to make intercession for us.   Expanded edition

References: Hebrews 1:1-3, 5; Colossians 1:15-17; Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:14; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:6; Acts 4:12.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is Christ’s representative upon earth, and is one in purpose with the Father and the Son. He is the Regenerator in the work of redemption. These three persons, God (the Father), Jesus Christ (the Son), and the Holy Spirit are the Godhead.  Expanded edition

References: John 3:5-8; 14:16, 26; 16:7-13; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19.

The Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the word of God. They were given by inspiration of God, contain the all-sufficient revelation of God’s will to man, and are the only unerring rule of faith and practice.   Expanded edition

References: John 5:39; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Luke 11:28; 16:29, 31; Matthew 22:29; John 10:35.

The Ten Commandments
The moral law, the ten commandments of Exodus 20:1-17, is an expression of God’s will, covering the duty of man to God and to his fellowmen. The law is unchangeable, binding upon all men in every age, and overrules all human laws. Transgression of any
commandment is sin, and the wages of sin is death. We are not saved by obedience to the law but through Christ, that through His strength we may render obedience and escape condemnation.   Expanded edition

References: Matthew 5:17-20; 7:21; 19:17; 22:36-40; 1 John 2:3-6; 5:1-3; Romans 2:13; John 8:11; Hebrews 10:26. Extra Readings: Patriarch and Prophets, pp. 305-309.

Exodus 34:27-28 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses ‘Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel….And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant ~ the Ten Commandments.”  Hebrews 8:13 says, “By calling this covenant ‘new’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.”

If Jesus repeated a law in his own teachings, we are to observe it. Jesus taught all of the original Ten Commandments but the one to  keep the Sabbath.

The Sabbath
The fourth commandment of God’s moral law requires the observance of the seventh day Sabbath. It is a sacred day of rest, a memorial of creation and a sign of re-creation and redemption as well as sanctification. It is a spiritual institution dedicated to religious
worship and study.

Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:1-17; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Isaiah 58:13, 14; Mark 2:28; Hebrews 4:1-
10. True Sabbath
observance requires cessation of all secular work at sunset Friday until sunset Saturday. Preparation for the Sabbath is to be  completed on Friday before the Sabbath begins. Leviticus 23:32; Exodus 16:22, 23; Luke 23:54; Mark 16:1. Since Christ and  the apostles always, both before and after the crucifixion and resurrection, observed the Sabbath, it is and remains the true day of rest. (Ananias and Paul could not have been guiltless before the Jews if they were not faithful Sabbath keepers.)
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Luke 23:56 This was the day of Jesus’ death, he hadn’t come back to life yet, and his apostles had not started his church yet.

Acts 13:42, 44  For Paul and Barnabas to speak at the Jewish synagogue, they had to go when people were there, which was on the Sabbath.

Acts 16:13  Paul circumcised Timothy so as to not offend the Jews in the area, but he refused to circumcise Titus.  Galatians 1:3-5 says “Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.  This matter arose
because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.”  In Galatians 5:3-4 says, “”I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.  You who are
trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”

Acts 17:2  Verse 5 should also be cited.  After Paul preached to the Jews in their synagogue and converted both Jews and Greeks, “the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.”

Acts 18:4  Verse 6-7 should also be cited.  “But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads.  I am clear of my responsibility.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.’  Then
Paul left the synagogue.”

22:12  This passage is the Apostle Paul speaking of his conversion some 40 years earlier.  Young Paul while still opposing Christians, was a strict law-keeping Jew and would have only listened to another such Jew.  In Paul’s first letter as a Christian to the church at
Galatia he said the Christians should quit trying to keep the Old Law of Moses because it wasn’t doing them any good.

25:7, 8  Paul had been a Jew all his life.  Even after becoming a Christian, he never did anything against the old Law of Moses.  He spent all of his letter to the church in Galatia explaining that the Old Law of Moses was no longer in effect because it had been

Sunday Worship
The first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, was dedicated anciently to the worship of the sun. As the Christian church fell away from the true doctrine of the apostolic days, the seventh-day Sabbath was gradually displaced by the first day. Sunday, with other pagan institutions, was eventually adopted by the Christian church. Sunday observance is not found in the Bible.

References: Matthew 15:9, 13.

Acts 20:7 says Paul and the Christians at Troas came together on the first day after the Sabbath (SUNDAY) to break bread in a ceremonial sense ~ the Lord’s Supper.  Jesus came back to life on the first day of the week (SUNDAY) (John 20:1).  The church was
begun on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1) which was 50 days after the day of Passover.  Passover being on Saturday, Pentecost would have been on SUNDAY.

The Ceremonial Law
The ceremonial law of the Old Testament enjoined upon the Jewish people pointed forward to the Messiah. It typified the work of Christ, and its requirements ceased at the cross. The ceremonial law, which includes the ceremonial sabbaths and Jewish holidays,
should not be confused with the moral law and the Sabbath day of the fourth commandment.   Expanded edition

References: Hebrews 10:1, 9, 10  This refers to the law, but does not differentiate among its regulations.  Verse 8 refers to animal sacrifices.

Colossians 2:14, 16 This refers to “The written code with its regulations” and does not differentiate among the regulations.

Galatians 4:10, 11  Verse 8 explains that the people being addressed formally did not know God, so the reference in v. 10-11 to special days, months, seasons and years did not refer to Jewish special times.

If all of the Law of Moses continued except for the “ceremonial law”, then we must continue to go to a priest whenever we are sick for permission to resume going to the temple, stone people for adultery, etc. (see Leviticus).

Grace and the Means of Grace
Grace means “unmerited favor.” Because of sin, mankind must suffer the consequences of death. God manifests His love by extending salvation from death through Jesus Christ to undeserving sinful man. Salvation is accomplished when sinners are drawn to
Christ through: (a) the word of God, (b) the Holy Spirit, and (c) the ministry of the gospel. 

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References: Romans 10:13-18; John 14:26; 16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Acts 2:38-42.

The New Birth
In order to be saved from sin and its consequences, man must experience a new birth, a transformation of life. As an individual repents of his sins and as he yields to the work of the Holy Spirit upon his heart, he experiences a desire to live in obedience to God’s
will. The Bible calls this experience “the new birth.” The new life thereafter is maintained by our faith in Jesus Christ.   Expanded edition

References: Matthew 1:21; John 3:3; Romans 2:4; John 16:8; Acts 2:37, 38; 1 John 2:3, 6; John 16:13; 1 Peter 1:22; Psalm 119:142; John 17:17; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 12:2; Romans 1:17; Philippians 4:13.

Jesus said in John 3:5 we must be “born of WATER and the SPIRIT.”  Romans 6:3-4 says that in baptism we are raised up from spiritual death to live a NEW LIFE, a new birth.

Those who have reached an age of accountability and have been “born again” should be baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the death of the
“old man” and the resurrection of the “new man” to a new life in Christ. Expanded edition

References: Acts 2:38 – This scripture says that we are still sinners until we are baptised.
Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3-9; Colossians 2:12.

Acts 22:16 says that baptism washes away our sins Galatians 3:26 says we are not in Christ (Christians) until we are baptized into Christ I Peter 3:21 says that baptism saves us

The Ordinance of Humility

The washing of feet is an ordinance of humility which precedes the communion service. It was instituted by Christ, and enjoined upon the Christian church to teach humility, equality, brotherly love, and unity in Christ. Reconciliation between brethren should precede the ordinance.  Expanded edition

References: John 13:1-17; Matthew 5:23, 24.

The Holy Communion

By partaking of the unleavened bread and the unfermented wine which represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the believer commemorates His suffering and death. The significance of this ordinance implies that it be shared only by members in good and
regular standing in the body of Christ.  Expanded edition

References: Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 12:20; Luke 22:11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.

The below subjects are other full studies.

The Investigative Judgment

The prophecy of the 2300 days (years, as per Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6) of Daniel 8:14 ended in 1844, when the “cleansing of the sanctuary,” or the investigative judgment began. This refers to the pre-Advent examination of the heavenly records of the lives of
the professed children of God through the ages. The result of this investigation determines the destiny of each soul, either for eternal life or eternal death.  Expanded edition

References: Ecclesiastes 12:14; Daniel 7:9, 10; Luke 20:35; Revelation 14:6, 7; 22:12.
This judgment is illustrated in Matthew 22:11-14.

Present Truth
The three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12, together with the message of the other angel of Revelation 18:1-4, are present truth. These messages are to prepare a special group of people, 144,000 in number, for the second coming of Christ.  Expanded

References: Ezekiel 9:1-7; Revelation 7:1-4; 14:1-12; 18:1-4.

The Gift of Prophecy
In keeping with the promise of God in Acts 2:17-21, the gift of prophecy was restored to Christ’s church in these last days, not as a replacement of or an addition to the Bible but as a guide and a mark of distinction to the remnant people of God. Inspired writings turn our attention to the principles of the Bible as our rule of faith and practice and help to safeguard us from misinterpreting the Word of God.  Expanded edition

References: Numbers 12:6; 2 Chronicles 20:20; Proverbs 29:18; Hosea 12:13; Amos 3:7; Ephesians 4:8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:20, 21.

Marriage was ordained by God and honored by Christ to bind both parties for life. Neither divorce for the purpose of remarriage, nor common-law marriage, nor marriage with unbelievers is within the divine principle of marriage.  Expanded edition

References: Luke 16:18; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7:11, 39; 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Health and Dress Reform

Because a Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the believer will want to safeguard their health by following natural law, discarding health-destroying articles of food and unnatural habits of life, and being moderate in the use of those things which are good. 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; Philippians 4:5. Habits of dress are an index of the character. Christian modesty and self-respect require us to abstain from the extravagant fashions of the world.  Expanded edition

References: 1 Peter 3:1-5; Isaiah 3:16-24; 1 Corinthians 11:15; 1 Timothy 2:9.

Our Attitude Toward Earthly Governments

The Christian is obliged to respect divine and human authority. He obeys all righteous laws of earthly governments from a good conscience. If the requirements of human laws are in conflict with the law of God, then the Christian must decide for himself or herself:
Shall I obey God or man? Our Christian conscience forbids us to have any part in political activities.  Expanded edition

References: Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:3-7; 1 Peter 2:17; Acts 5:29; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Isaiah 8:12.

The Body of Christ, His Church

The church of Christ is a visible and organized body, not scattered individuals. The church delegates a portion of its authority to elected officers, not to lord it over the church, but to serve the church and edify the body of Christ. The church has the authority to accept members by baptism and profession of faith and to disconnect members for cause.  Expanded edition

References: John 10:16; 11:52; 1 Corinthians 10:17; 12:12-27; 1 Peter 2:5; Ephesians 4:15, 16; Colossians 2:18, 19; Revelation 1:20; Song of Solomon 6:10; Ephesians 4:11-13; Acts 6:1-6; 13:3; 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Matthew 16:19; 18:15-18; 1 Corinthians 5:11,

Tithes and Offerings

The giving of tithes and offerings for the support of the ministry and the preaching of the Gospel is a Christian duty.  Expanded edition

References: Malachi 3:7-10; Matthew 23:23; 1 Corinthians 9:14; 2 Corinthians 9:6, 7; Hebrews 7:8.

The Second Coming of Christ

Human probation closes shortly before the second coming of Christ, which will be literal, personal, visible, audible, and universal.  Expanded edition

References: Luke 13:23-25; 17:29, 30; Isaiah 11:4; 66:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Matthew 24:27, 31; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 1:7.

The Nature of Man and the State of the Dead

Man was created by the hand of God as a living soul. Through disobedience he was separated from the source of life. Therefore, he is mortal by nature; but he may obtain immortality through Christ: in promise, immediately; and in actuality at His second coming. 

Genesis 2:7; 3:22-24; Job 4:17; 1 John 2:25; John 11:25, 26; Romans 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 Corinthians 15:53, 54.
At death, whether he be good or evil, man enters into a “sleep,” a state of unconsciousness, silence, and inactivity. The dead remain in the grave until the resurrection of the just and of the unjust. The unjust are not in a place of torment, but are “reserved unto the day of judgment to be punished.” And the righteous are not in heaven, but remain in the grave till the resurrection at the coming of Christ.  Expanded

References: Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10; Psalms 6:5; 146:4; 89:48; Revelation 20:13; 2 Peter 2:9; John 5:28, 29; Daniel 12:13; Acts 2:29, 34; 2 Timothy 4:7, 8.

The Millennium

After the second coming of Christ there will be a one-thousand-year period, commonly called the millennium. During this time, while the righteous are in heaven with Christ, the wicked remain in the dust of the desolated earth. While the earth is desolate, the
righteous ones will judge the wicked. At the end of the millennium, the wicked are resurrected to be destroyed by fire.  Expanded edition

References: John 14:3; Revelation 7:9; 14:1; 20:4, 5; Psalm 46:2, 8; Isaiah 24:1-6; Jeremiah 4:23-27; 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3; Revelation 20:4; John 5:29; Revelation 20:5, 9, 14; Malachi 4:1, 3; Matthew 10:28; 2 Peter 3:7-10; Psalm 37:10.

The New Earth

After the cleansing of the earth from sin by fire, God will make “all things new,” restoring the earth to its Edenic beauty. This new earth will then become the eternal home of the redeemed, with God reigning as supreme throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.
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References: 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:9.