11:13, John 8:56) by whom they had full remission of sins, and eternal salvation; and is called the old Testament. (Isa. It is an integral supporting document in the explanation of their doctrines. 2:2, Ps. 28:19, Mark 10:13–16, Luke 18:15), 5. 22:18–19, 2 Tim. 25:41) are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death. 15:21–23), 2. 2:9) strengthen their assurance, (1 John 2:3, 5, 2 Pet. Westminster Confession of Faith. Joshua 36:31–32, Ezek. 12:12–13, Ps. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened. 5:10, Eccl. Prayer is to be made for things lawful; (1 John 5:14) and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter: (1 Tim. (Matt. 2–3, 1 Cor. 6:22–23), 2. 6:14, 1 John 5:4, Eph. 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. 1:2) and Judge of the world: (Acts 17:31) unto whom He did from all eternity give a people, to be His seed, (John 17:6, Ps. Ezra 82:3–4, 2 Sam. 1:5–7, Luke 21:27–28, Rom. Rather, he provides an in-depth, user-friendly guidebook to the biblical foundations of the WCF. 2:13–14, 2 Cor. 13:40–42, Jude 6, 2 Pet. In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost: (1 John 5:7. 24:1, 1 Chron. 3:11, John 1:33, Matt. 47:7, Eccl. 10:10) who is infinite in being and perfection, (Job 11:7–9, Job 26:14) a most pure spirit, (John 4:24) invisible, (1 Tim. 9:27, Eph. 19:5, I Kings 22:28, 34, Isa. 3:21) but upon the work of the Spirit, (Matt. 7:22–23) yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love Him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good conscience before Him, may, in this life, be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace, (1 John 2:3, 1 John 3:14,18–19,21,24, 1 John 5:13) and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, which hope shall never make them ashamed. 119:4–6, 1 Cor. 22:30, Isa. 1:23, 2 Chron. 1:4, Col. 1:13, Acts 26:18, Rom. 3:5) of remission of sins, (Mark 1:4) and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life. (Gal. 143:2, Ps. 9:22) which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in an holy and religious manner. As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; (Rom. 5:6), 3. 5:19, Heb. 3:15, 2 Pet. (Mark 6:18, Lev. 31:18–19, Joel 2:12–13, 15, Amos 5:15, Ps. 11:33) and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel. 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. The Westminster Confession of Faith asserts the real presence in the Sacrament, the supreme authority of God’s Word, and the catholicity of the Church, made distinctive by three characteristics: the true preaching of the Word, the right administration of … (John 5:22, 27, Matt. The 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith is highly esteemed among Calvinists. 2:2, 14–15, 20, Rev. 3:10, Rom. 5:1) yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but worketh by love. 143:2) but that He, looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections. According to the confession, the doctrine of the eternal decree (predestination) is that “some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others foreordained to everlasting death,” and yet “neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of creatures.”. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first Cause, all things come to pass immutably, and infallibly; (Acts 2:23) yet, by the same providence, He ordereth them to fall out, according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently. 7:25) and shall return, to judge men and angels, at the end of the world. 3:14, 1 Tim. 16:2, Job 22:2–3, Job 35:7–8) but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants: (Luke 17:10) and because, as they are good, they proceed from His Spirit; (Gal. 7:29, Job 28:28), 2. (2 Pet. It represents the best of Puritan scholarship, blended with Scottish theological sagacity. 4:28, Acts 5:4), 1. The light of nature sheweth 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. 7:7, Rom. 15:21–22, 45, 49) and the same death in sin, and corrupted nature, conveyed to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation. 2:1–2) to honour their persons, (1 Pet. 2:16, 2 Pet. 11:23) to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: (1 Cor. 55:7, Rom. 5:34, 37, James 5:12) 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; (Heb. The Epistle to the Hebrews All those that are justified, God vouchsafeth, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, (Eph. 2:4) but likewise all persons that have lived upon earth shall appear before the tribunal of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds; and to receive according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil. 104:24, Ps. 1:10, Gal. Although repentance be not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof, (Ezek. 19:21, Eccl. 28:18–20), 2. 5:9) 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: (Rom. I Chronicles 8:13) and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, (Col. 1:11, Eph. 7:11) purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments. 7:9, Rom. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) The original text of 1646, from the manuscript of Cornelius Burges, Assessor to the Westminster Assembly, with the Assembly’s proof texts, as published in the modern critical edition of 1937 by S. W. Carruthers. (1 John 5:12, Acts 4:12), 4. 36:3, Job 21:14–15, Matt. 14:4) 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. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: (2 Pet. 9:12, 15), 6. 4:4–5, Acts 13:39, Rom. 6:5) of regeneration, (Tit. 3:12) whence ariseth a continual and (irreconcilable war), the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. 20:8, 10, Matt. 18:17, Matt. 10:6–9, Gal. 4:30, 2 Cor. (1 Thess. This covenant of grace is frequently set forth in Scripture by the name of a testament, in reference to the death of Jesus Christ the Testator, and to the everlasting inheritance, with all things belonging to it, therein bequeathed. The We stminster Confession of Faith Chapter I Of the Holy Scripture I. 1:22) Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof. (1 Pet. Col. 2:11–12, 1 Cor. 13:19, Heb. 1:20, Jer. 11:32), 1. 2:13) (the dominion of the whole body of sin) is destroyed, (Rom. 13:8, Heb. 7:12, 22, 25, Ps. Jonah 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. 4:11–12, 1 Cor. 1:19) those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased. 5:17), 5. I. 9:18–19, 2 Sam. 7:29, Ruth 4:12) but not for the dead, (2 Sam. 2:20, Acts 28:25), 1. 7:36–38) Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord. (John 5:22,27) In which day, not only the apostate angels shall be judged, (1 Cor. 6:2, 5, 16) they are therefore sinful, and cannot please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God: (Hag. 32:3–4, Ps. Omissions? 54:7–10, Ps. 11:36) most loving, (1 John 4:8,16) gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; (Exod. 13:1–2, 4) in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each commonwealth; (Ps. 36:27) and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: (Eph. 2:13–14, 16, Rom. (1 Cor. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646-1647) with Scripture Proofs Those whom God effectually calleth, He also freely justifieth: (Rom. (Rom. (Exod. 7:25) the abiding of the Spirit, and of the seed of God within them, (John 14:16–17, 1 John 2:27, 1 John 3:9) and the nature of the covenant of grace: (Jer. 6:11–12, Heb. (2 Cor. 6:5–6, 2 Tim. (Gen. 8:22, Jer. 28:19) not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church; (1 Cor. 27:46) and most painful sufferings in His body; (Matt. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. (Ps. Obadiah Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest, or any other alone; (1 Cor. 6:12, 14–15, Col. 4:2, Eph. 13:22, Job 9:2–3, Gal. 20:7, Jer. 107, Esth. 1:32, 1 Cor. 26:29), 6. 15:19), 5. 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. 11:20, 23, 1 Cor. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things (Rom. 3:12) wherein life was promised to Adam; and in him to his posterity, (Rom. 2:15–16, Isa. (Gal. 9:15, 1 Cor. 12:6, 14) And particular Churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the Gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them. (Rom. 13:24–30, 47) and some have so degenerated as to become no Churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan. 26:26–27) so that the popish sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is most abominably injurious to Christ’s one, only sacrifice, the only propitiation for all the sins of His elect. 50:14, Gen. 28:20–22, 1 Sam. Micah It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent. 5:7) and chastened by Him as by a Father: (Heb. 14:9, 2 Cor. (Luke 24:27, 44, Rom. Galatians 4:1–2, Rom. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day, XXXII. 7:15, 18–19, 21, 23), 5. The Westminster Confession: a critique The Westminister Confession of Faith is a 17th-century document which was drawn up at a particular point in Scottish and UK history. 1:20–21, Acts 15:15–16), 10. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testaments, which are these, Genesis 32:40) from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof. 24:1–4), 1. 28:19–20), 6. It was produced by the Westminster Assembly, which was called together by the Long Parliament in 1643, during the English Civil War, and met regularly in Westminster Abbey until 1649. 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. 13:6), 1. Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead. 5:23) yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part; (1 John 1:10, Rom. (Rom. 26:18) or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven; (Matt. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands; and of good use both to themselves and others: (2 Kings 10:30–31, 1 Kings 21:27, 29, Phil. 3:5–7, Rom. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope; (Heb. Amos 4:5–8, 2 Cor. Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ. 3:15–17, Gal. 119:101, 104, 128) and the threatenings of it serve to shew what even their sins deserve; and what afflictions, in this life, they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law. 10:16–17,21, 1 Cor. 22:19–21, Luke 1:3–4, Rom. 11:33–34, Ps. 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