1689 Confession of Faith

Jesus, who is God, is our only Mediator. To have any others is blasphemy.

Chapter 8: Of Christ the Mediator (Parts Three & Four)  It pleased God from all eternity past to ordain Jesus, the eternally Begotten Son of God, to be the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).  As Mediator, Jesus is Prophet, Priest, and King.  As the Prophet, He represents God to man, not only declaring God’s Word (Mark 1:14, 38), but by being the Incarnate Word of God (John 1:1).  As our Great High Priest, He represents man to God, not...

Keep Reading >>

There is only one fit to be our Mediator

CHAPTER 8 Of Christ the Mediator (Parts 1 & 2) God’s plan to save sinners, which is actually about His grace more than it is about our salvation, begins with His decision from all eternity past that the eternally begotten Son of God be the Savior of His people (Matthew 1:21).  He alone is the perfect Mediator between God who is holy and man who is sinful (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the perfect Prophet who represents God to man and gives man God’s Word (Matthew...

Keep Reading >>

All previous covenants point to Christ; the New Covenant is fulfilled in Christ

Chapter 7  Of God's Covenant (Parts One-Three) The Confession recognizes the Bible’s teaching that the relationship between God and man must be initiated by God.  Without God’s initiation, man would not even know of God.  Man would have no idea how to obey God, nor would man even desire to do so.  God, therefore, condescends to initiate relationship with man through covenants.  God’s first covenant with man was the Covenant of Works...

Keep Reading >>

Natural Born Sinners? Really?

Chapter 6  Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof (Parts Three & Four) Adam and Eve’s sin affected not only them; it affects all their posterity.  Adam was (as explained in Romans 5:12-21) the federal representative for all mankind.  Because all we who, though not yet even conceived, were “in him,” when he sinned, we sinned.  Proof?  Death has reigned ever since, just as God promised. The cry of the natural man is...

Keep Reading >>

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...

Keep Reading >>

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...

Keep Reading >>

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...

Keep Reading >>

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...

Keep Reading >>

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...

Keep Reading >>

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...

Keep Reading >>

Older Posts >>