1:17) without body, parts, (Deut. 1:3) the sound preaching (2 Tim. 6:6,14) and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified; (Gal. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, (Heb. 2:11–12, 2 Cor. Ezekiel 1:2, 19–20, Rom. 7:6), 1. 13:12, Rev. The problem is that many people are LAZY and don't want to STUDY the Bible for themselves, " Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth " (2nd Timothy 2:15). 19:21, Eccl. 56:2, 4, 6–7) which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, (Gen. 2:2–3, 1 Cor. 32:40) from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof. 36:31, Isa. The sacraments of the old testament in regard of the spiritual things thereby signified and exhibited, were, for substance, the same with those of the new. 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 4:5–8, 2 Cor. 4:15–16, John 4:24, Luke 24:39) or passions; (Acts 14:11,15) immutable, (James 1:17, Mal. (Mark 6:18, Lev. Matt 3:16–17, Matt. 1:24, 26, 28, Rom. 1:11, John 15:8) whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto, (Eph. 13:22, Job 9:2–3, Gal. to Philemon 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.”. The Westminster Shorter Catechism is a catechism written in 1646 and 1647 by the Westminster Assembly, a synod of English and Scottish theologians and laymen intended to bring the Church of England into greater conformity with the Church of Scotland. 2:1) and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body. 11:27–29, 2 Cor. (2 Thess. 9:7) the house and family of God, (Eph. 3:20) so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin, (James 1:23–25, Rom. (Gen. 1:26–27, Gen. 2:17, Rom. First, what is assurance? 12:28, Gen. 18:27, James 5:16, James 1:6–7, Mark 11:24, Matt. 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. 15:4), 9. 15:9–12) and of their children: (1 Cor. 16:1, Acts 20:7) which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s Day, (Rev. 53:4–6, 10–12) Yet, in as much as He was given by the Father for them; (Rom. (Gen. 8:22, Jer. 51:8, 12, Isa. (Gen. 2:24, Matt. 12:36–37), 2. 2:2–3, Matt. 4:13) His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, (Rom. 6:2, 1 John 2:3–4, 7–8) and that, not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator, who gave it. (1 Kings 8:31, Neh. (Rom. 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. 3:27, Rom. 5:12–14), 3. 2:14, Tit. (1 Cor. In effect a theological consensus of international Calvinism in classic formulation, it consists of 33 chapters, closely reasoned and grave in style, and it provides some latitude among points of view recognized within the orthodoxy of the time. 4:2) and conscionable hearing of the Word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith and reverence, (James 1:22, Acts 10:33, Matt. (Gal. Corrections? 3:9, Acts 13:38–39, Eph. 6:11, 19) but an infallible assurance of faith founded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation, (Heb. Patterned after the Irish Articles of Religion (1615), it also drew heavily upon the Reformed tradition of the European continent and the creedal heritage of the early Christian Church. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity forbidden by the Word. 15:43, Philip. 13:17) 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. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith.Drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly as part of the Westminster Standards to be a confession of the Church of England, it became and remains the "subordinate standard" of doctrine in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide.. 15:4) Nor is it to be violated, although made to heretics, or infidels. 10:4, 13–14, 2 Sam. 13:6), 1. 19:21, Eccl. 28:19–20), 6. At the last day, such as are found alive shall not die, but be changed: (1 Thess. The We stminster Confession of Faith Chapter I Of the Holy Scripture I. 26:75, 1 Cor. (Isa. 2:17), 2. 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. (1 Cor. 2:13–14, 16) from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted, (Rom. 3:31), 6. 5:2,5), 2. 53:10) and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified. 2:18, Col. 3:17), 3. 1:5, Gal. 135:6, Acts 17:25–26,28) from the greatest even to the least, (Matt. 43:3–5, 14), 1. 15:9) So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience: (Col. 2:20, 22–23, Gal. 9:18–19, 2 Sam. 6:18, Rev. 54:7–10, Ps. Westminster Confession of Faith Rev. 14:10,12, Matt. 1:11, 1 Tim. 7:23–24, 27, Heb. 7:5) and thanksgivings upon special occasions, (Ps. 36:26–27) And that they may be enabled thereunto, beside the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit to work in them to will, and to do, of His good pleasure: (Phil. 1:6, 1 Pet. 6:2, 5, 16) they are therefore sinful, and cannot please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God: (Hag. 3:10, Rom. (2 Pet. (Rom. (Matt. 8:4–6) living, and true God, (1 Thess. (Heb. 3:26, Eph. 2:15) and for preventing of uncleanness. 5:9–10, 1 Tit. 9:22–23, Eph. 107, Esth. 21:1), 5. This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as such, was delivered by God upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments, and written in two tables: (James 1:25, James 2:8, 10–12, Rom. 6:13) Therefore, to swear vainly, or rashly, by that glorious and dreadful Name; or, to swear at all by any other thing, is sinful, and to be abhorred. 1:5–7, Luke 21:27–28, Rom. I Samuel 15:9, Isa. 3:9,14,11, 1 Cor. 119:128, 2 Cor. 1:4, 9) and all to the praise of His glorious grace. One of the most enduring and influential documents of the Christian faith is the Westminster Confession of Faith. 2:14–15) and power to fulfill it: (Eccl. 7:15, 18–19, 21, 23), 5. 10:1–4, Heb. The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer it: (Rom. 6:18, 22) yet so, that by reason of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly, nor only, will that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil. 13:15–17), 1. Job 1:7) yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it. 23:3, 1 Pet. 19:11) although not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works. 15:54–57, Rom. 4:4,7,10, Isa. 2:15–19) and is called the new Testament. 19:9, Rom. (1 Cor. 1:10) 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, (Rom. I. 66:13–14, Ps. All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with Him in His grace, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: (1 John 1:3, Eph. 2:8) in spirit and truth; (John 4:23–24) as, in private families (Jer. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith, in the Calvinist theological tradition. 11:33–34, Ps. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:4) not as though they were in this life wholly unblameable and unreproveable in God’s sight; (Job 9:20, Ps. 1. (1 Pet. Nehemiah 5:17–19, James 2:8, Rom. 2:12, 1 John 4:13, Heb. 1:13–14, Eph. 26:18) or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven; (Matt. 26:1–14, 2 Cor. (Luke 13:3, 5, Acts 17:30–31), 4. 6:9) On the third day He arose from the dead, (1 Cor. 28:18, Acts 2:36), 4. By this faith, (a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word,) for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; (John 4:42, 1 Thess. 51:5, Gen. 5:3, Job 14:4, Job 15:14), 4. 50:10) yet are they never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart, and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may, in due time, be revived; (1 John 3:9, Luke 22:32, Job 13:15, Ps. (John 15:26, Gal. 22:30, Isa. 3:14, 1 Tim. Esther (1 Pet. 2:19–20, Jude 4, 1 Pet. 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; (Rom. 2:12, John 4:22, John 17:3) And to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested. 20:8, 10, Matt. (1 John 5:16), 5. 2:4, Rev. 12:14), 2. 5:12, 15–19, 1 Cor. to Titus 77:1, 10, 12, Mark 14:66–72, John 21:15–17), 6. 2:25, Ps. 6:15–16, Ps. 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, (Eph. 2:20, John 16:13–14, 1 Cor. 119:71, 1 Cor. (1 Cor. 3:13,17–18), 2. 119:68) blessedness, (1 Tim. 7:29) and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change. 34:16, Deut. 9:27, Eph. 1:19–20, John 3:16, 1 Tim. 7:7, Rom. 7:15, 18, Ps. These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished. 2:14, Tit. 2:13) so, for that end, they may lawfully, now under the new testament, wage war, upon just and necessary occasion. 1:20, Jer. 5:22–23) and as they are wrought by us, they are defiled, and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God’s judgment. 5:11, Rev. 12:7, 1 Cor. 2:15–16), 4. 10:39) is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, (2 Cor. (John 15:4–6, Ezek. (1 Pet. Our Lord Jesus, in the night wherein He was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of His body and blood, called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in His Church, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of Himself in His death; the sealing all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in Him, their further engagement in and to all duties which they owe unto Him; and, to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Him, and with each other, as members of His mystical body. (Rom. (2 Tim. (John 1:12, Acts 16:31, Gal. 31:3) upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ, (Heb. (Matt. 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. 3:15) And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God: yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts. 12:13) and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers. However, The Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book is slightly different from the above volumes. 5:17, Rom. T This assurance is not the false hope of those who have not received and rested in Christ. 2:10–12, Isa. 25:41, 2 Thess. 3:14, 16, Acts 15:11, Rom. 36:27, Heb. 5:5, Ps. (John 14:6, 1 Tim. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect, (Gal. 1:14), 1. 1:2, 1 Cor. The supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture. 17:12, James 1:14, Deut. 22:19–21, Luke 1:3–4, Rom. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female, (Gen. 1:27) with reasonable and immortal souls, (Gen. 2:7, Ecc. (Rom. 3:18) perfecting holiness in the fear of God. I. 5:1,6,8, Phil. 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. 12:28, Matt. (Ps. 13:8–9, Deut. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man; (1 Thess. 110:1, 1 Cor. 9:32–33) hating all sin, (Ps. The Epistle of James 2:3) and curse of the law, (Gal. Its mission was to advise Parliament in restructuring the Church of England along Puritan lines. John 115:3) most absolute; (Exod. 13:1–4, 1 Pet. Dr. Pipa does not trace the history of the assembly nor analyze the finer points of doctrine in the confession. 3:39) and eternal. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from any thing at all foreseen in man, (2 Tim. (1 Sam. 31:23, Ps. 7:5–8, 25, Gal. 10:16,21), 2. As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in His Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, He hath particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: (Exod. 2:5–6, Phil. 1:32, Rom. (Heb. 65;2) and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, (John 14:13–14, 1 Pet. (2 Cor. 11:13, John 8:56) by whom they had full remission of sins, and eternal salvation; and is called the old Testament. 13:8), 7. (Eph. 6:4, 1 Cor. (Matt. (Rom. (1 Cor. 9:8–10), 5. Although it be a great sin to condemn or neglect this ordinance, (Luke 7:30, Exod. 12:21–23, Luke 16:25–26, Rev. For the better attaining of these ends, the officers of the church are to proceed by admonition, suspension from the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper for a season; and by excommunication from the Church, according to the nature of the crime, and demerit of the person. 51 title, Ps. 3:9, 19) whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God, (Eph. (Exod. 4:8) most free, (Ps. 31:22, Ps. 63:17, Mark 6:52, Mark 16:14) and their consciences wounded; (Ps. (Acts 15:18, Ezek. 26:27–28, Tit. (Rom. 4:8) most wise, (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. 4:6) are pitied, (Ps. 1:8–9) 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. 1:3–4, Heb. Unto this catholic visible Church Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth, by His own presence and Spirit, according to His promise, make them effectual thereunto. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope; (Heb. 32:1, Rom. 14:9–10, Acts 1:11, Acts 10:42, Matt. (Heb. 16:22, Gal. Rather, he provides an in-depth, user-friendly guidebook to the biblical foundations of the WCF. 5:4) or, in the least, interfere in the matter so faith. 22:1–29, Gen. 49:10, 1 Pet. (Gen. 3:13, 2 Cor. 7:2, 9, Eph. 5:16) adorn the profession of the gospel, (Tit. 1:19–20, Ps. 24:1–4), 1. 2:28–29, 1 Pet. 5:5–6) and King (Ps. T he Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession produced in 1646 by the Westminster Assembly in London. (Matt. The Westminster Confession is filled with unbiblical doctrines, and should be AVOIDED by all professed Christians. 5:19, Heb. (1 John 5:12, Acts 4:12), 4. 1:9, 1 Thess. Synods and councils are to handle, or conclude nothing, but that which is ecclesiastical: and are not to intermeddle with civil affairs which concern the commonwealth, unless by way of humble petition in cases extraordinary; or, by way of advice, for satisfaction of conscience, if they be thereunto required by the civil magistrate. The visible Church, which is also catholic or universal under the Gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; (1 Cor. 13:14) not to angels, saints, or any other creature: (Col. 2:18, Rev. The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof; (Rom. 119:68, Jer. 51:4, Jer. 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. 3:25–26) and purchased, not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto Him. 25:29) and exposeth them to such objects as their corruption make occasion of sin; (Deut. 1:20, 1 Cor 11:27–34, Jude 23), 4. 12:23, 2 Cor. 20:7, Lev. 21:1, 1 Kings 22:22–23, 1 Chron. 5:17, 1 Thess. 1. 42:6) 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, (Mark 16:15–16, John 3:16, Rom. 2:2, Ps. The Shorter Catechism 4. 26:27–28, Matt. 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. 3:10) and so made subject to death, (Rom. 3:11, John 1:33, Matt. 6:11) and in secret, each one by himself; (Matt. 10:6–7). The Revelation of John, All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life. 89:30–34) The promises of it, in like manner, shew them God’s approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof: (Lev. 23:11–12, Matt. Amos 3:17, Eph. 2:1–2) to honour their persons, (1 Pet. 30:5, 8, 12–13) 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. 1:9), 1. 90:2, 1 Tim. But is it? 5:31–32) and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were dead. 1:3–4, Ps. 5:2, Rom. 12:22–27, Jer. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day, XXXII. 12:36) so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent. 5:24, Rom. 5:19, 13, James 5:13) as also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ, are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God: (Matt. 13:1, 1 Kings 2:35, Acts 25:9–11, 2 Pet. 9:17, Gen. 45:7, Ps. (1 John 2:1–2, Rom. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a historic document of the Church. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail; (Rom. Box 1051, Frederick, Maryland 21702 Introduction: The Value of the Westminster Confession of Faith We are a biblical church in that we regard Scripture as the Word of God, the only rule of faith and practice. 8:3, Rom. 1:19–20, Rev. 14:17, Rom. 4:13, Eph. (Matt. 3:10), 1. 3:6, 14–15, 1 Cor. 61:8, Ps. 34:6–7) the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him; (Heb. Church censures are necessary, for the reclaiming and gaining of offending brethren, for deterring of others from like offenses, 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. 51:1) whereby they incur God’s displeasure, (Isa. 1:8–9, 2 Thess. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof, XVIII. 12:23, 1 John 3:2, Jude 24), 1. Mark (Matt. 6:9–10, Acts 28:26–27), 7. God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: (Eph. CHAPTER 23 . 3:12, Rom. 15:1–20, Exod. 11:24–26, Matt. 6:22–23), 2. 7:23, Matt. (Isa. The Westminster Confession of Faith Edinburgh Edition Westminster Divines TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. 11:33, Heb. (Acts 3:21, 1 Cor. 16:19, Matt. 10:4, Exod. 8:20, Acts 17:11, John 4:22, Hos. 1:5) Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only. The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error; (1 Cor. Matt. 14:26) provided for, (Matt. 7:29, Job 28:28), 2. 3:16), 3. 7:15, Matt. 20:4–6, Col. 2:23), 2. Luke 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; (2 Chron. 119:32) the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is it from inclining men to looseness. It represents the best of Puritan scholarship, blended with Scottish theological sagacity. Q. (Rom. (Ps. 31:18–19, Joel 2:12–13, 15, Amos 5:15, Ps. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it, was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and, by His singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; (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. 3:8–12, Ps. 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. 2:13, Phil. 2:2), 4. 6:6, Eph. The first and second Epistles of Peter 66:2) singing of psalms with grace in the heart; (Col. 3:16, Eph. 2:2–5, 1 Cor. 7:1, Rom. 2:6, Gal. 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. 2:14–15, Rom. 50:10) and be the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair. (1 Tim. 3:21), 1. (Acts 2:47), 3. (Rom. 26:69–72, Ps. 63:13, Matt. 13:8, Heb. 1:12) nor to a right end, the glory of God, (Matt. 3:20, Rom. Col. 2:11–12, 1 Cor. 1:16–17), 2. 2:2, Acts 20:32, Rom. Numbers 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. 4:10) 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. Galatians 6:6–7, Job 1:5, 2 Sam. (Ps. (Rom. 50:14, Gen. 28:20–22, 1 Sam. 6:18) so, more solemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly or willfully to be neglected, or forsaken, when God, by His Word or providence, calleth thereunto. (Gal. 16:27) most holy, (Isa. 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. For the better government, and further edification of the Church, there ought to be such assemblies as are commonly called Synods or Councils; (Acts 15:2,4,6) and it belongeth to the overseers and other rulers of the particular churches, by virtue of their office, and the power which Christ hath given them for edification and not for destruction, to appoint such assemblies; (Acts 15) and to convene together in them, as often as they shall judge it expedient for the good of the church. (1 Tim. 21:13, Deut. 82:3–4, 2 Sam. 2:6–8), 3. 13:19, Heb. 2:5) by the help of His Spirit, (Rom. The first covenant made with man was a (covenant of works), (Gal. Proverbs (1 Cor. 14:6, 9, 11–12, 24, 27–28) that, the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner; (Col. 3:16) and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope. 13:20–21, Heb. A lawful oath is part of religious worship, (Deut. These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith: (James 2:18, 22) and by them believers manifest their thankfulness, (Ps. 4:13, Rom. 12:2, 2 Cor. 26:26–28, Mark 14:22–24, Luke 22:19–20, 1 Cor. 8:3–4) It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin: (James 2:11, Ps. 10:1–4), 1. 8:6, Isa. (Acts 24:15, John 5:28–29, 1 Cor. (John 7:38–39, 2 Cor. 6:16, Eph. (Dan. 15:8, Exod. 11:13, 1 Tim. Habakkuk (Gen. 2:17, Gal. 11:5) He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. 12:6) yet never cast off, (Lam. 31:33), 1. (Ezek. 6:10), 2. Nevertheless, they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins; (Matt. (Ga. 3:7–9, 14), 6. 1:6, 12), 6. 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