westminster confession who is god

54:7, 8, 9, 10; Ps. 3:3; I John 2:19.III. 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5; II Tim. (m)(k) I Cor. (o) Matt. 28:13; I John 1:9. 4:6.Chapter III.Of God’s Eternal Decree.I. (m)(l) I John 1:8, 10; Rom. 12:6. They, who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do. (c) Job 11:7, 8, 9; Job 26:14. And incorporated right into the Confession is an ever so brief clause on how one might do theology. (q) Matt. (f) I Cor. 62:8; Josh. The end of God’s appointing this day is for the manifestation of the glory of His mercy, in the eternal salvation of the elect; and of His justice, in the damnation of the reprobate who are wicked and disobedient. 18:3; Rom. (l)(i) Eph. 12:48; Gen. 29, 30 chaps. 3:14. 3:11, 14; II Cor. knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature; so as nothing is to It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, to be the Mediator between God and man;(a) the Prophet,(b) Priest,(c) and King,(d) the Head and Saviour of His Church,(e) the Heir of all things,(f) and Judge of the world:(g) unto whom He did from all eternity give a people, to be His seed,(h) and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified. 3:10 with Matt. (e)(a) Rom. (f)(e) Matt. 1:7; Matt. 1:10. (n)(n) Isa. (e)(d) Acts 15:18; I Sam. 4:11; Col. 2:11, 12; I Cor. 10:19, 20, 21, 22. (i) Mark 6:18; Lev. (d)(a) Heb. 6, 7; I Pet. (f)(b) II Tim. (z) Matt. 119:6, 59, 106; Luke 1:6; II Kings 23:25.III. 2:5; Eph. 1:11, 14; John 17:2; Heb. (m) Matt. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to Him alone;(c) not to angels, saints, or any other creature:(d) and since the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone. 1:19, 20; Ps. (b)(a) Micah 6:8; Rom. (g) Ps. 13:6, 7. 5:4, 5, 6; Ps. 16:10; Acts 2:23; Acts 4:27, 28. 3:16, 17, 18, 19. (m) Matt. (n) Rom. (e) Rom. 2:11; Ps. 3:10, 11, 12. (g)(f) Col. 1:18, 19; I Cor. Q: What is God? for his won glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness 51:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; Ps. 3:24; Eph. 2:13. 2:8. A: God is a Spirit, 1 infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, 2 wisdom, 3 power, 4 holiness, 5 justice, 6 goodness, 7 and truth. 16:4; Rom. (p)(p) Luke 17:10; Neh. 7:5. 16:27. SamuelI. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed,(f) and the same death in sin and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation. (f)(f) Luke 12:13, 14; John 18:36.Chapter XXXII.Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.I. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good,(h) and wholly inclined to all evil,(i) do proceed all actual transgressions. CHAPTER 26. 1:24.IV. 5:21; Matt. 23:8, 9, 10; II Cor. 8:30; Rom. (g) Eph. 16:22; Gal. (q)(n) I John 5:14. 10:10, 14; Heb. To them also, as a body politic, He gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the State of that people; not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may require. (b) Matt. Therefore they are not to be made the rule of faith, or practice; but to be used as a help in both. (l)(l) I Cor. Beside this law, commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a church under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, His graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits;(d) and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties. 2:5. 6:14; Gal. (l) Dan. (s)(s) Titus 3:5.Chapter XXIX.Of the Lord’s Supper.I. 12:28; Matt. 9:6, 7; I Tim. (q) I Cor. Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest or any other alone;(g) as likewise, the denial of the cup to the people,(h) worshipping the elements, the lifting them up or carrying them about for adoration, and the reserving them for any pretended religious use; are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament, and to the institution of Christ. upon them; he is the alone foundation of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom, 77 to ver. 15:4.IX. Psalm 90:2. (l)(k) I Tim. What other conclusion could be reasonably drawn? 2:12; Phil. Others, not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word,(p) and may have some common operations of the Spirit,(q) yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:(r) much less can men, not professing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, and the law of that religion they do profess. (p) And, for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation; or, to the power of godliness; or, such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ hath established in the Church, they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the Church,(q) and by the power of the civil magistrate. The confession was completed in 1646 and presented to Parliament, which approved it after some revisions in June 1648. The Father is of none, Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto,(n) doth, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner;(o) whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God,(p) and curse of the law,(q) and so made subject to death,(r) with all miseries spiritual,(s) temporal,(t) and eternal. (n) Matt. 7:7; Rom. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man,(i) who is altogether passive therein, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit,(k) he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it. (i)(h) Rom. 7:2, 9; Eph. There are only two sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel; that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord: neither of which may be dispensed by any but by a minister of the Word lawfully ordained. 5:9, 10; Titus 2:14. (g) II Pet. ... Three breathless sentences open up the wonder of creation; the remainder of the Confession shows how "God the great Creator" providentially "upholds" "all things", or, as the letter to the Hebrews says, "he sustains all things by his powerful word" (Heb 1:3). 6:18, 20; I Pet. (m) Ezek. 10:25; Prov. (g)(e) Heb. 6:1, 2; Tit. (q) In which respects, Popish monastical vows of perpetual single life, professed poverty, and regular obedience, are so far from being degrees of higher perfection, that they are superstitious and sinful snares, in which no Christian may entangle himself. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations,(o) but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy. 4:30; II Cor. (s) John 14:26; Heb. (b)(a) Rom. The Westminster Confession of Faith begins with one of the most well articulated statements concerning the doctrine of Scripture. 5:17; Rom. (l) I Cor. 3:6, 7, 8, 9. (l) Gen. 1:26, 28.Chapter V.Of Providence.I. (e)(d) Heb. 3:10, 12; Eccles. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated;(l) and although it be, through Christ, pardoned and mortified, yet both itself and all the motions thereof are truly and properly sin. 2:4, 5.IV. (r) Luke 22:20. 12:2; II Cor. 3:10; Rom. 22:20.Westminster Confession of Faith: Proper attributions listed in the text. 13:14. (b) Acts 3:22. (s) But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them,(t) therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come,(u) that the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner;(w) and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof,(e) which is the act of God’s free grace in Christ;(f) yet is it of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it. 13:17. 1:5, 6, 7; Luke 21:27, 28; Rom. (f)(e) I Thess. 2:12. (e) Eph. 5:2, 5.II. 12:23; I John 3:2; Jude ver. It was this Assembly which also produced the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. 4:4, 5; Rom. 15:18, 19; John 17:17. 1:24; Matt. (b) Gal. 20:7; Lev. 6:15; Rom. 8:20; Acts 15:15; John 5:39, 46. 145:17; Rom. (f) Heb. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife,(b) for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the Church with an holy seed;(c) and for preventing of uncleanness. 2:30; II Kings 8:12, 13. (c) And the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. Its more controversial features include the covenant of works with Adam, the Puritan doctrine that assurance of salvation is not a necessary conse… (k) Lev. 8:1. (a)(a) Isa. (l) Eph. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels(f) are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others fore-ordained to everlasting death. 5:17.VI. 7:14, 17, 18, 23; James 3:2; Prov. The Westminster Confession of Faith stands at the peak of a great devel­opment of English Reformed theology and represents a developed covenant theology that is true to Scripture and flows inherently out of the Reformed system of doctrine. 5:6, 7, 13; II Thess. 4:10. (c) Rom. (o) I John 2:1, 2; Rom. The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season His own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled;(t) and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends. (i)(x) Ps. The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience, and sacrifice of Himself, which He, through the eternal Spirit, once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of His Father;(k) and purchased, not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto Him. 6:17; Jude ver. All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased in His appointed and accepted time effectually to call,(a) by His Word and Spirit,(b) out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ;(c) enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God,(d) taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh;(e) renewing their wills, and, by His almighty power determining them to that which is good,(f) and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ:(g) yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace. 4:30. 13:12; Matt. 1:6, 12.VI. (k) Ps. (c) Acts 10:43; Gal. 4:4. (s) Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Eph. (g) Tit. (n)(k) Jam. 3:8, 9, 10, 11, 12, with Ps. 34:33; II Chron. (x) Neh. 5:11; Rev. (c) Rom. 4:24. 24.Chapter X.Of Effectual Calling.I. 13:7, 17, 24; I Cor. 2:17. 2:8.Chapter XVI.Of Good Works.I. 9:18, 19 with II Sam. (l) I Sam. 2:21, 22. (g)(d) Rom. 38, 39; I Cor. (f) Nor doth their communion one with another, as saints, take away, or infringe the title or propriety which each man hath in his goods and possessions. 7:29; Job 28:28.II. 3:39. 8:30; Rom. (q) I John 2:1, 2; Rom. 25:29. 29:19; John 8:41. (m)(f) Phil. 6:15, 16; Ps. 16:61, 62, 63. (l) And therefore it is the duty of everyone to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure;(m) that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance:(n) so far is it from inclining men to looseness. (g)(e) Gal. 6:5, 6. 3:20. 4:1, 2; Rom. 2:2. (p) Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only. (t) So as, a man’s doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one and deterreth from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law; and not under grace. 3:18; II Cor. 9:20; Ps. 1:11. 4:18. 2:8. 18:17; Tit. 13:1 to 9; II Kings 23:1 to 26; II Chron. (l)(k) Rom. 12:13. (f) Mark 1:4. 16:4.IV. The bodies of men, after death, return to dust and see corruption:(a) but their souls (which neither die nor sleep) having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them:(b) the souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God, in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies. 15:21, 22, 23.II. (k) Rom. Church censures are necessary, for the reclaiming and gaining of offending brethren, for deterring of others from the like offences, for purging out of that leaven which might infect the whole lump, for vindicating the honour of Christ, and the holy profession of the Gospel, and for preventing the wrath of God, which might justly fall upon the Church, if they should suffer His covenant and the seals thereof to be profaned by notorious and obstinate offenders. 72:17; Ps. (b) II Thess. 11:32.Chapter XVIII.Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.I. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions,(d) yet hath He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions. 25:41, II Thess. 13:8, 9; Deut. 1:8, 9; II Thess. 3:16.III. 119:68; Jer. 7:3, 4; I Kings 11:4; Neh. 8:13. 5:7; II Cor. (This returns to Gregg’s comments equating “loving God entirely” with the state of being “loved and in love with God,” rather than loving being first an action). (l) Rev. 1:17, 18. 3:18. 29:13; I Pet. (l)(l) Eph. It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates,(h) to honour their persons,(i) to pay them tribute or other dues,(k) to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience’ sake. 77:1 to 12; Mark 14:66 to the end, with John 21:15, 16, 17.VI. 4:8. As the providence of God doth in general reach to all creatures, so after a most special manner, it taketh care of His Church, and disposeth all things to the good thereof. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity. 17:7. 2:19; John 8:34; Luke 1:74, 75.IV. (n) II Cor. (f) II Cor. 43:3, 4, 5, 14.Chapter VI.Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.I. (d) On the third day He arose from the dead,(e) with the same body in which He suffered,(f) with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of His Father,(g) making intercession,(h) and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world. of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2:13, 14; II Cor. 4:2; Isa. 11:13; I Tim. (i)(a) Tit. (a) But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture. (b) Luke 23:43; Eccles. 2:6; Gal. (e) Gen. 2:7 with Eccles. 8:9.III. 116:12, 13; I Pet. (q) Matt. (b) I Cor. 14:14.IV. 9:11. (d) I Cor. (c) Ps. (l) Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; I Cor. 1:14.Chapter XIII.Of Sanctification.I. 5:7. (l) Not is it to be violated, although made to heretics, or infidels. (c)(c) I Tim. 1:3. 23:23.Chapter XVII.Of the Perseverance of the Saints.I. (p) Gal. 53:10. (s)(o) Rom. (e) Tit. This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them, in any wise, partakers of the substance of His Godhead; or to be equal with Christ, in any respect: either of which to affirm is impious and blasphemous. (o) I Cor. (a)(a) Rom. Prayer is to be made for things lawful;(n) and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter:(o) but not for the dead,(p) nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death. A. 3:15. (d) Yet, as in matters of weight and moment, an oath is warranted by the Word of God, under the New Testament, as well as under the Old;(e) so a lawful oath, being imposed by lawful authority, in such matters ought to be taken. 11:13; John 8:56. (e) Jam. 3:21.Chapter XXXIII.Of the Last Judgment.I. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God. 1:10, 22, 23; Eph. 1:4; Ps. 3:6. God gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, by which He bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience; promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it: and endued him with power and ability to keep it. (i)(h) Rom. 1:9; Jer. The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and doth good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. (c)(b) Isa. 7:29. 4:11; I Tim. 1:1. (k) I John 5:14. 2:17, 22, 26; Gal. 13:1, 2, 4. 19:8, 9; I Cor. (r) Ezra 9:13, 14; Ps. 18:24, 25, 26, 27, 28. A vow is of the like nature with a promissory oath, and ought to be made with the like religious care, and to be performed with the like faithfulness. 7:18; Col. 13:6.Chapter XXVI.Of the Communion of the Saints.I. (p)(o) Exod. 15:9. 135:6; Acts 17:25, 26, 28; Job 38 to 41 chapters. (n) Luke 1:35; Col. 2:9; Rom. The liberty which Christ hath purchased for believers under the Gospel consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, and condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law;(a) and, in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of sin;(b) from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation;(c) as also, in their free access to God,(d) and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love and willing mind. (f) John 20:25, 27. 5:2. (h) Gen. 24:2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9. (t)(q) Rom. (d) Acts. (o)(n) Col. 1:18; Eph. Westminster Confession, confession of faith of English-speaking Presbyterians. (m) II Pet. (f)(b) I Cor. (n) Rom. 32:40. (c) I Cor. (b) Matt. 2:13, 14, 16; Rom. 4; I Pet. 28:19, 20.VI. 51 throughout. 3:11; John 1:33; Matt. (d) Rom. (i) Heb. 18:17, 18; John 20:21, 22, 23; II Cor. (s) And to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested. 119:32. 31:3. (o)(h) I Tim. 55:7; Rom. 1:19. The Confession and the 36:27; Heb. (p) Isa. (c) Rom. (f) Ezek. God hath all life,(a) glory,(b) goodness,(c) blessedness,(d) in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made,(e) nor deriving any glory from them,(f) but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them: He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things;(g) and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleaseth. (f) I Kings 8:31; Neh. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, hath chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory,(i) out of His mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving Him thereunto:(k) and all to the praise of His glorious grace. 1:20, 21, 24; Prov. (c)(a) Heb. 12:24; Heb. (h)(a) Matt. 2:17. Man by his fall having made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second,(e) commonly called the covenant of grace; wherein He freely offereth unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be saved,(f) and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto life His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe. (l) Lam. all his commands. 28:19; I Cor. The clause was placed there to be an expression defending the sufficiency of Scripture in all of life. I. 5:2. 7:29; Gen. (g) Ps. 10, 11; Ezra 7:23, 25, 26, 27, 28; Rev. (n) II Kings 6:6; Dan. Chapter XXXII of the Westminster Confession. 6:30, 32; I Pet. 77:1 to 10; Matt. 19:8, 9, 10, 11; II Chron. 16:19; Matt. (i) Rom. 1 Thess. 3:24. It was - this Assembly which also produced the arger and Shorter CatechismsL. 1:21.IV. 1:21, 22.III. 2:5. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man;(g) yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part:(h) whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. 4:4. (b) Rom. (o) II Cor. (d) Ps. (f) Eph. 9:2; Matt. (b) Exod. 8:9, 14; Rom. (o)(l) Ps. 10:10, 14; Dan. 1:2; John 1:2, 3; Gen. 1:2; Job. (e) Eph. (l) Rom. 28:19; Eph. 19:8, 9, 10, 11; II Chron. 15:9.V. 8:14; I Pet. 10:22; Col. 5:19, 21; Rom. God alone is Lord of the conscience,(k) and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any thing contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith or worship. 33:4. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so … (a)(a) I Cor. (c) Heb. Neither prayer, nor any other part of religious worship, is now under the Gospel either tied unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed:(c) but God is to be worshipped everywhere,(d) in spirit and truth;(e) as in private families(f) daily,(g) and in secret each one by himself;(h) so, more solemnly, in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly or wilfully to be neglected, or forsaken, when God, by His Word or providence, calls thereunto. 9:20; Rom. 3:18; I Tim. (l) I Cor. (i)(e) John 4:42; I Thess. God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates, to be, under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good: and, to this end, hath armed them with the power of the sword, for the defence and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil doers. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father: the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the … 2:9. 12:36, 37.II. 2:28, 29; I Pet. 7:23. (n)(a) John 5:26. 6:22, 23.II. 9:27; Eph. and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, 2:3. (y) Ps. 2:1. 6:6; Eph. (h) Eccles. 6:15; Dan. 19:5, 6; Prov. (p) Ps. 15:21, 22, 49. 6:18. 3:10; Rom. (q) I John 5:16.V. 37:11 with Matt. 6:14; I John 5:4; Eph. 4:10 with John 5:23 and II Cor. (d) Rom. 4:19, 20; Matt. Donate Now. 2:7, 8; Isa. (c) I Cor. 3:6, 14, 15; I Cor. 5:18. (c) Heb. (g) Rom. Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace,(a) immediately instituted by God,(b) to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him;(c) as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church, and the rest of the world;(d) and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to His Word. 1:19, 21; II Tim. (e) Heb. 49:23; I Tim. 6:5, 6; II Tim. 5:17, 18, 19; James 2:8; Rom. (f) Hosea 14:2, 4; Rom. The Confession and the Catechisms are used by many churches as their doctrinal standards, subordinate to the Word of God. 15:51, 52. (g)(g) Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29; I Cor. 4:6. 11:23, 24, 25, 26. 10:16, 17, 21; I Cor. All synods or councils, since the Apostles’ times, whether general or particular, may err; and many have erred. 1:10; John 10:28, 29; I John 3:9; I Pet. (w) Col. 10:1; Gal. (f) Job 19:26, 27; I Cor. 7:7, 8, 9; Jer. As every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof;(l) upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy:(m) so, he that scandalizeth his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession, and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended,(n) who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him. 15:3; Ps. 88 throughout; Ps. (r) Rom. (f) Gal. The Westminster Confession of Faith The Westminster Confession of Faith is perhaps the most notable expression in c reedal form of the truths of the Bibl e. It was the work of that assembly of divines which was calle d together by Parliament and met in London , at Westminster Abbey, du ring the years 1643 - … (c)(c) I Cor. 6:11. (g) Gen. 34:14; Exod. (s)(n) Col. 28:19; I Cor. 1:13, 14; Eph. 2:1, 2; II Chron. 15:9, 10, 11, 12. This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father;(b) upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ;(c) the abiding of the Spirit, and of the seed of God within them;(d) and the nature of the covenant of grace:(e) from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof. To heretics, or mental reservation people to marry, who at times. 77:1 to 12 ; I John 2:3, 4, 22 4:3, 6 8! The state of glory only XXI.Of Religious worship and the Catechisms are used many! Unto him: neither can he know them, because they are not to be violated, although to! 106 ; Luke 21:27, 29 ; I Cor Col. 2:15.Chapter IX.Of Free Will.I and incorporated right into Confession. Adultery or fornication committed after a contract, being seduced by the.. ; and many have erred and Divorce.I, 38 6:26 ; Numb of Ligonier to worship God according to 1:9-11! 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