Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Confession of Faith, Chapter 2

The second chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith is titled of God, and the Holy Trinity.

The symbol above is not from the confession, I found it online, it expresses the truth of the Trinity as accepted by Christendom.  Chapter 2 starts here:

1. There is but one only,(a) living, and true God,(b) who is infinite in being and perfection, (c) a most pure spirit,(d) invisible, (e) without body, parts,(f) or passions; (g) immutable,(h) immense,(i) eternal,(k) incomprehensible,(l) almighty,(m) most wise, (n) Most holy, (o) most free, (p) most absolute, (q)  working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will,(r) for his own glory,(s) most loving,(t) gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin;(u) the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; (w) and withal, most just, and terrible in his judgments,(x) hating all sin,(y) and who will by no means clear the guilty.(z)

(a) Deut. 6:4, 1 Cor. 8:4,6 see Gal. 3:20
(b) 1 Thess. 1:9, Jer. 10:10
(c) Job 11:7-9, Job 26:14, see Ps. 139:6
(d) John 4:24      (e) 1 Tim. 1:17, see John 1:18 
(f) Deut. 4:15-16 Cf. John 4:24 with Luke 24:39
(g) Acts 14:11, 15   (h) James 1:17, Mal. 3:6
(i) 1 Kings 8:27, Jer. 23:23-24   (k) Ps. 90:2, see 1 Tim. 1:17
(l) Ps. 145:3, see Rom. 11:34    (m) Gen. 17:1, Rev. 4:8
(n) Rom. 16:27     (o) Isa. 6:3, see Rev. 4:8
(p) Ps. 115:3, see Isa. 14:24
(q) Isa. 45:5-6, see Ex. 3:14      (r) Eph.1:11
(s) Prov. 16:4, Rom. 11:36 see Rev. 4:11
(t) 1 John 4:8 see 1 John 4:16; John 3:16
(u) Ex. 34:6-7    (w) Heb. 11:6
(x) Neh. 9:32-33  see Heb. 10:28-31
(y) Rom. 1:18, Ps. 5:5-6 see Ps. 11:5
(z) Ex. 34:7a

2. God hath all life, (a) glory, (b) goodness, (c) blessedness, (d) in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which he hath made,(e) nor deriving any glory from them,(f) but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things;(g) and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleaseth,(h) In his sight all things are open and manifest,(i) his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature,(k) so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain.(l) He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands.(m) To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.(n)

(a) Jer. 10:10, see John 5:26
(b) Acts 7:2       (c) Ps. 119:68   (d) 1 Tim. 6:15, see Rom. 9:5
(e) Acts 17:24-25  (f) Luke 17:10  (g) Rom. 11:36
(h) Rev. 4:11, Dan. 4:25, 35, see 1 Tim. 6:15
(i) Heb. 4:13     (k) Rom. 11:33-34
(l) Acts 15:18, Ezek. 11:5   (m) Ps. 145:17, Rom. 7:12
(n) Rev. 5:12-14

3.  In the unity of the Godhead there be there persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost;(o) The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; (p) the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.(q)

(o) Matt. 3:16-17, Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14  see Eph. 2:18
(p) John 1:14, 18 see Heb. 1:2-3; Col. 1:15
(q) John 15:26, Gal. 4:6

Next study: Chapter 3: of the Eternal Decree

If anyone has any prayer concerns please write them in the comments and I will pray and request that all who read please pray also. We sometimes do not realize the great privilege and responsibility we have to pray.  We should realize that the reason we are still walking in the Christian way and have not turned our backs on the things of God or the reason that Satan, the world, and our own sin has not driven us from Christ is that Jesus Christ prayed for us  (John 17) and the Holy Spirit and Christ intercede for us. Judas denied the Lord and killed himself, Peter denied the Lord and was restored, why? because Jesus prayed for Peter. He told Peter that Satan requested to sift him like wheat, and Christ told Peter when he returned to feed His sheep. That's the difference and only difference in our lives, Christ has prayed for us. And He tells us to pray one for another. So, please, feel free to share any prayer concerns.


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