1689 Confession of Faith

Was God in control of the fall? And did it really affect all of mankind?

Chapter 6 Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof (Parts One & Two) God graciously created man upright and sinless.  God gave man His righteous law, which at that point contained only one prohibition: “Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:16-17)  Had man keep, instead of broken that law, he would have continued to live forever in perfect harmony with God in the garden.  But God was so serious about...

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Does God actually decree ALL things?

CHAPTER 5: Of Divine Providence (Parts Three & Four) In His providence, the Lord accomplishes His will either by working through people and circumstances, apart from people and circumstances, or even in opposition to people and circumstances.  As Psalm 115:3 clearly states, “Our God is in Heaven; He does as He pleases.”  The accomplishment of God’s pleasure, not people or circumstances, is what determines all things. The question is often asked, why...

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Yes, God uses even sinful acts by human beings to accomplish His purposes

CHAPTER 5  Of Divine Providence (Parts One & Two) God graciously created man upright and sinless.  God gave man His righteous law, which at that point contained only one prohibition: “Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  Had man kept instead of broken that law, he would have continued to live forever in perfect harmony with God in the Garden.  But God was so serious about man’s obedience that He wrapped the law in a...

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The Confession on gender confusion

CHAPTER 4  OF CREATION Parts Four  & Five The Confession reminds us that the Bible teaches that after God created all other creatures, God created man, both male and female.  God made man different from the other creatures on the planet.  God created human beings with immortal souls.  God created human beings in the very image of God Himself.  God gave man powers of knowledge and reason like no other creature on earth.  Man was given the capacity...

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CHAPTER 4 OF CREATION Parts One through Three

CHAPTER 4  OF CREATION Parts One through Three The third chapter of the Confession is a statement of foundational truths regarding creation.  These foundations give sense to all that has happened since.  Without these foundations, everything else is rendered unintelligible.  The world is confused about so many things, in part, because the world rejects the foundational truths about creation. The Confession explains the who, why, and when of...

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Are you one of the few who understands predestination?

CHAPTER 3 OF GOD’S DECREE, Parts Six & Seven The doctrine of God’s Decree includes the doctrine of predestination.  To deny the doctrine of predestination is to deny the clear teaching of the Bible (Romans 8:29-31, Ephesians 1:3-12, and others). The Confession exhorts us to humble prudence and care regarding this lofty topic.  Rather than affording the elect any room for pride, those who possess any correct understanding of predestination (election) should...

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Chapter 3: Of God's Decree (Parts 4 & 5)

Chapter 3: Of God's Decree (Parts 4 & 5) The doctrine of God’s decrees teaches that the number of angels who did not fall and the number of people who will be saved is not only known by God from all eternity past, but it is also decreed by God.  Conversely, the number of angels who fell and the number of people who will not be redeemed is also decreed by God.  These numbers (and the individual angels and people they represent) can neither be increased nor...

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Chapter 3: OF GOD'S DECREE (Parts 1-3)

Chapter 3: OF GOD'S DECREE (Parts 1-3) The third of thirty-two chapters of the Confession is “Of God’s Decrees.”  This is about the Sovereignty of God—over all things, all of the time.  The simple explanation of this is “Whatever God decrees, comes to pass; and whatever comes to pass, God has decreed.”  And God’s decrees are not issued on the fly.  His decrees are from eternity past.  The Confession states it this...

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Chapter 2  OF GOD AND OF THE HOLY TRINITY Parts 3 & 4

Chapter 2  OF GOD AND OF THE HOLY TRINITY Parts 3 & 4 From the third paragraph of this chapter of the Confession we learn the following about the Trinity: God is One in essence [being]. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Galatians 3:20) God is at the same time Three Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit; each being God are co- equal, co-eternal, distinct but inseparable. (1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:20; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19) The Father is from none,...

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CHAPTER 2 OF GOD AND THE HOLY TRINITY, Parts One & Two

CHAPTER 2  OF GOD AND THE HOLY TRINITY, Parts One & Two The chapter about God follows the chapter about the Holy Scriptures.  Why? Because the definitive and final truth about God comes from the scriptures—and from nowhere else!  What does the Bible, explained by the Confession, tell us about God?  From the first paragraph we learn the following about God: There is only one true and living God.  All others are false gods. (Jeremiah 10:10) God...

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