1689 Confession of Faith

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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CHAPTER 1 OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, Parts One & Two

CHAPTER 1 OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, Parts One & Two There are thirty-two chapters in the London Baptist Confession.  The first chapter is: “Of The Holy Scriptures.” Why start here?  Without the Bible, everything else falls.  Apart from Scripture there is no objectivity.  All would be subjective and up to individual preference. The opening line of Chapter One states:  “The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain and infallible...

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Historic Confessions

Historic Confessions. As Protestantism gained traction, the various wings established a number of confessions to define their beliefs.  The Lutheran Augsburg Confession was first, written in 1530.  It is the basis of Lutheran theology, and the only universally accepted standard of the Lutheran churches.  The Reformed churches, differing from the Lutherans, each wrote their own.  While the Reformed confessions have more things in common than differences, each differs...

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SIX BENEFITS OF CONFESSIONS:

CONSIDER TWO OF SIX BENEFITS OF CONFESSIONS: 1.  Confessions Help Identify Deviant Theology 2 Timothy 1: 13 “Hold fast to sound words.” Jude 3 “Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” This is not to say that any and everything outside of the Confession is heretical, but it does warn us to double check to see whether whatever is not in the Confession is scriptural. 2.  Confessions Define A Church’s...

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What is a Confession and why?

What is a Confession of Faith? It is fine to say we believe the Bible.  Many cults and teachers of false doctrine do the same.  It is therefore important to define what we believe the Bible says.  Confessions do just that.  Confessions are always beneath and subject to the scriptures. Confessions are more detailed than Creeds.  The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, for instance, are little more than a paragraph stating the most elementary essentials of...

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Chapter 32 OF THE LAST JUDGMENT (Parts Three & Four)

Chapter 32  OF THE LAST JUDGMENT (Parts Three & Four) All things and events exist and happen for God’s eternal glory.  This includes the final judgment.  It is not difficult to see how God is glorified for His grace saving the elect.  We tend to balk at the thought that God is glorified in the damnation of the lost; but it is true.  How?  God will be glorified for His supreme and absolute justice when those who not only sinned against Him, but...

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CHAPTER 32  OF THE LAST JUDGMENT(Parts One & Two)

CHAPTER 32  OF THE LAST JUDGMENT (Parts One & Two) The first chapter of Romans not only tells us that everyone knows there is a God (v.18-21), but verse 32 adds that everyone knows that there is a day coming when God will judge.  To deny these realities is to suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v.18).  And while some are more adept at denying what they know to be true than others, everyone will one day know that what they always knew in their hearts was in fact...

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CHAPTER 31 OF THE STATE OF MAN AFTER DEATH, AND OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

CHAPTER 31  OF THE STATE OF MAN AFTER DEATH, AND OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD Physical death is the separation of the body and the soul, leaving the body lifeless.  This testifies to the importance of the soul.  Without the soul, the body is dead!  Without the soul, the body decomposes and returns to dust. The soul, being immortal, lives on.  The souls of those whom Christ has saved go to the presence of the Lord, where they will behold the face of God in...

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CHAPTER 30 OF THE LORD'S SUPPER (Parts One-Three)

CHAPTER 30 OF THE LORD'S SUPPER  (Parts One-Three) The Lord’s Supper (Communion) was instituted by Jesus on the night on which He was betrayed and arrested, before He was crucified.  The Supper is to be observed in and by His Church in all local churches until He returns.  The supper is an on-going remembrance of Him, of His sacrificial death on behalf of His people.  The Supper is a confirmation of faith, and of the responsibilities of those who receive...

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