Statement of faith

Per Grazia (which means By Grace in Italian) is a non-denominational, dispensationalist, pre-millennialist Christian site. Theology, doctrine, apologetics, bible study.

God

  1. There is one God (Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 44:6), creator of all things (Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:16-17);
  2. God chose Israel in ancient times as His people to be a witness to the only and one true God (Isaia 43:12-13). From this people, according to the Prophecies (Isaia 9:5, etc.), it was revealed the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, incarnated redeemer of humanity as it was promised since the beginning of time (Genesis 3:15);
  3. The only God exists eternally in the three persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; the unitarian plurality of the Living God — known as Trinity — is evident since the beginning (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26) e throughout all the Scriptures;

Bible

  1. The 66 books of the Christian Bible are the inspired Word of the living God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings, left as a testimony and guide to man, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the Lord gave to His servants during the centuries (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17);
  2. The Bible is to be read in a contextual, literal, historical, grammatical manner:
    1. Contextual: the correct interpretation of a verse is possible if and only if the verse is read in its context, which can be anything from just a paragraph to a chapter or even the entire book.
    2. Literal: each passage must be taken at its face value, unless the passage itself suggests the need of a symbolic interpretation;
    3. Historical: each passage is best understood in the historical context of when it was written; this gives us a deeper insight into the passage;
    4. Grammatical: each word is best interpreted according to the grammar of the original language, used at the time of writing;
  3. Since it is the inspired Word of the omniscient God, the Bible does not contain any contradictions; millennia of studies have revealed that apparent contradictions are the result of the violation of one or more of the principles above.

Creation

It follows from our biblical position that we believe in the literal reading of the book of Genesis and therefore in the creation of the universe and the earth in 6 literal days.

Sin and Salvation

  1. All humanity has a fallen and sinful nature (Romans 3:10-12; Romans 3:23) and a heart that irremediably wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), acquired with the original sin (Genesis 3); therefore every man is destined to eternal damnation (Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41,46), also known as “second death” (Revelation 21:8);
  2. The only way to salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6); who repents and believes in His ultimate sacrifice will have eternal life (John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9);
  3. Salvation can only be obtained by grace through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 11:6; Romans 3:23-24), through which all sins of mankind, past, present e future (Hebrews 10:12), have been paid for and are cancelled to those who believe (Colossians 2:13-14);
  4. When the grace is granted to us, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit which is the deposit guaranteeing the things yet to come (Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22) and we become God’s possession (1 Corinthians 6:19-20); and no one can take anything from Him (1 John 4:4; John 10:28-29; Matthew 16:18), not even us (Romans 8:38-39). This satisfies the necessary condition of having to be «born again» or «from above» (John 3:3; John 1:13; John 3:6-7);
  5. Salvation is available to anyone who asks for it (Luke 11:10-13) and God desires everyone to be saved (2 Peter 3:9);
  6. Salvation is personal and one is responsible for their own destiny (Ezekiel 14:13-14);
  7. Salvation can be obtained only during this life and there are no second chances (Hebrews 9:27).

Church and Israel

  1. There is only one true Church, that is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27), made up of all believers born again between Pentecost and Rapture, regardless of denominations, birthplace, etc.;
  2. The Church and Israel are two special but different groups in the eyes of God (1 Corinthians 10:32); in the Church there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Galatians 3:28), but outside the Church that distinction began with Abraham’s calling (Genesis 12) is still in effect; the Lord promised: Israel will be for ever a nation before Him (Jeremiah 31:35-36);
  3. After the Rapture of the Church, the Lord’s focus will be again on the nation of Israel (Acts 15:13-18), to begin the process that will fulfil all the remaining prophecies He has made to His people (Romans 11:25-26).

Eschatology

  1. We believe the Great Tribulation has the twofold purpose of destroying the unbelieving nations and discipline the last remainder of Israel, who will be once again God’s chosen nation (Jeremiah 30:5-11); the Church, not being part of either (Galatians 3:28), does not have – theologically – either role or reason to be involved in the Great Tribulation;
  2. We believe in the Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) before the Great Tribulation and before the Wrath of God (Revelation 3:10);
  3. We believe in the soon return of the Lord Jesus to establish the Millennial Kingdom on Earth, with Israel Lord’s chosen nation (Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:27; Revelation 20:1-6);
  4. We believe that the Church’s eternal home (and the Church’s alone) is the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9,27;)
  5. We believe the New Jerusalem will be a city on Earth, given the described dimensions (Revelation 21:16).
  6. We believe the Church will rule with the Lord Jesus during the Millennium, being the Lord’s Bride (Revelation 5:9-10; Ephesians 2:4-7).