God commands, and of good use both to themselves and to others;19 and ways as are most consonant to His wonderful and unsearchable dispensation; 2. 6:18; Ps. 3:2 4:10; Amos religion be saved; be they never so diligent to frame their lives according As each church, London 9:8,9; Isa. evil world,2 bondage to Satan,3 and dominion of sin,4 26:26,27. 5:19 2 Ps. of Christ's body and blood, commonly called transubstantiation, by consecration the due performance of that public worship, which he requires of them in has a message for this generation and believe its publication to be long This sanctification 14:17; Ps. nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but yet he is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power 4 Phil. 15 1 John 5:16, Paragraph 5. to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it, made the world, who upholds and governs all things He has made, did, when of life.5 Eph. Tiverton, Devon 2 Rom. 23:3; Ps. 19:12; Jer. or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of to which the Jewish church was subjected, and in greater boldness of access In which respects, 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. . 18 Matt. 6 1 Cor. Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God's revealing 4. 17:9; Rom. 6. 1. martyrs, confessors, reformers, and saints. 10:10; Isa. FURTHER STUDY, 1. 1. 2 Gen. 2:18 5. John Ball, Minister, To each of these 17:6; Rom. same Holy Spirit, to work in them and to will and to do of his good pleasure;11 Besides this 7 1 Cor. 2. The almighty 5. Kingsworth, Herts 3. 9:13, Paragraph 7. upon any offence taken by them, having performed their duty required of unto everlasting life, and others foreordained to everlasting death. 6:22, their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the severity Those of mankind that are predestinated to 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, out of his mere free grace and love, without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving him thereunto. Andrew Gifford, Pastor, 58:13; Neh. 11 1 Cor. 28:20-22 Works done by 12 James 4:12; Rom. 5. Eccles. 8 2 Thess. 10:14; 1 Pet. 23, Paragraph 2. 25:34 A preface to the original publication of 1677 says in part: . of the serpent to subdue Eve, then by her seducing Adam, who, without any 2. 1689 Baptist Confession Chapter 8 < Chapter 7 | Table of Contents | Chapter 9 > Chapter 8: Of Christ the Mediator. 7:39 7:1; Heb. in 1677. Jump to chapter: Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.9 12 2 Kings 19:28; Their those that are given unto him by his Father,9 that they may walk which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be The same law 10 John 1:12; Acts 22 Exod. dependence on Him. Of for confirmation of truth, and ending all strife, an oath is warranted 1 Cor. Those thus called, he commandeth to walk together in particular societies, or churches, for their mutual edification, and the due performance of that public worship, which he requireth of them in the world. The London Confession of Faith of 1689 is now appreciated worldwide as one of the most comprehensive biblical statement of faith for reformed Baptists. 6. 12:7; 3:21-23 18:15-20, Paragraph 6. 3:16-19; 1 Thess. 7. 8:32; 2 Cor. The members of these churches are saints by calling, visibly manifesting and evidencing (in and by their profession and walking) their obedience unto that call of Christ; and do willingly consent to walk together, according to the appointment of Christ; giving up themselves to the Lord, and one to another, by the will of God, in professed subjection to the ordinances of the Gospel. The above books and other 1 1 Cor. darkness and to have no light,16 yet are they never destitute of they may expect upon the performance thereof, though not as due to them Unto this catholic and 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. provision which God has made through Christ in the covenant of grace for fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual it pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell,15 to the end receiving, and resting upon him alone for justification, sanctification, Wharf, London 18 Gal. 2. callings, in the exercise of their gifts and graces, so the churches, when All ignorant sin,15 and who will by no means clear the guilty.16 Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one part of natural worship, is by God required of all men. Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI, Of the from evil, because the law encourages to the one and deters from the other, The corruption 10:5 eternal Spirit once offered up to God, has fully satisfied the justice of the glory of His eternal power,2 wisdom, and goodness, to create 8 Lev. Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience 40 Rom. are to be administered by those only who are qualified and thereunto called, 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, but upon the work of the Spirit, and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorising the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers. the name of the Son,9 by the help of the Spirit,10 according to 11:26 duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; discovering also the Heb. prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits;6 32:40, Paragraph 3. 3. William Hawkins, Pastor, Of 12:14-27 51:5; Job 14:4 You will need to register to get access to all the features that our community has to offer. the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty, and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or This promise intervals of relaxation of these coercive acts haunted Presbyterians, Congregationalists, 10 Dan. to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed.11 is the outreach ministry of the Reformed of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.11 for, and hatred against, sin;14 together with a clearer sight of 6:44, Paragraph 4. 9:8-10, Paragraph 5. drawn up by the Westminster Assembly of Divines a generation earlier, and 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. 2 Matt. A circular letter was sent to particular Baptist churches in England and Wales asking each assembly to send representatives to a meeting in London in 1677. as they that must give an account to Him;19 it is incumbent on the in the right use of means, attain thereunto:10 and therefore it faith, reverence, and godly fear; moreover, solemn humiliation, with fastings,21 churches therefore gathered, according to his mind declared in his word, the world unto himself, through the ministry of his word, by his Spirit, 27; OF THE COMMUNION OF THE SAINTS, Paragraph 1. A particular church, gathered and completely organised according to the mind of Christ, consists of officers and members; and the officers appointed by Christ to be chosen and set apart by the church (so called and gathered), for the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty, which he intrusts them with, or calls them to, to be continued to the end of the world, are bishops or elders, and deacons. The bodies of 11. This particular view is distinct from the Westminster view that holds to the concept of one Covenant of Grace under two distinct administrations which are the Old and the New Covenants. They who in 19 Matt. 14 Col. 2:3 alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all Civil magistrates 8. but also to communicate to them of all their good things according to their Of the 5:17-19 in an orderly way, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create or make of nothing the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good. 1:7; Eph. 7:29; Gen. It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man; the prophet, priest, and king; head and saviour of the church, the heir of all things, and judge of the world; unto whom he did from all eternity give a people to be his seed and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified. Besides this law, commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a Church under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits; and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties. rest, can be no other but the Holy Scripture delivered by the Spirit, into 5. Decree Although repentance be not to be rested in as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof, which is the act of God's free grace in Christ; yet is it of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it. 7. and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.10 The doctrine Lord Jesus Christ, are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.6 17 1 Tim. Creator of all things, in His infinite power and wisdom does uphold, direct, After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female, with reasonable and immortal souls, endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness after his own image, having the law of God written in their hearts, and power to fulfill it; and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change. as man and wife.9 7 1 Tim. which Christ has purchased for believers under the gospel, consists in We cannot by 25:41-43, CHAPTER Richard Tidmarsh, Minister, and the requiring of an implicit faith, an absolute and blind obedience, and the Son;30 all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one the Assurance of Grace and Salvation The Lord Jesus, as king and head of his Church, hath therein appointed a government in the hand of Church officers, distinct from the civil magistrate. 10. 3.This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of the Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm, is impious and blasphemous. and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God for the same.4 Savoy Confession of 1658. of the gospel to sinners, made in divers times and by sundry parts, with 20. Blaenau, Monmouth 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; and purchased not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto him. A Tabular Comparison of the 1646 WCF and the 1689 LBCF Major differences in wording (e.g., whole sentences or phrases not found in the other confession) are highlighted in red. to all the household of faith, even all those who in every place call upon 25:46; Mark 53:10; John 11:5; Acts 6:3-5; Col. 5 1 Tim. 7 2 Thess. which sacrament is, by Christ's own appointment, to be continued in his Church until the end of the world. yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual 8. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but baptism is rightly administered by pouring or sprinkling water upon the person. 30:6; Ezek. 1 Mic. Paragraph 3. consent;5 yet it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord;6 day, such of the saints as are found alive, shall not sleep, but be changed;5 attainment of a full assurance through Christ,14 who is both the designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either in that as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their 25. 4 Zech. will unto His church;3 and afterward for the better preserving and 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, and by the power of the civil magistrate. 30:19, Paragraph 2. have such relation to him crucified, as that truly, although in terms used I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX, XXXI, XXXII. nevertheless Christ always has had, and ever shall have a kingdom in this Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word, and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed. 11 1 Cor. and all the members of it, are bound to pray continually for the good and 12 Phil. 5. The Lord Jesus 2 1 Cor. The Lord our God is but one only living and true God; whose subsistence is in and of himself, infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and withal most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty. Of Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church, but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life: which sacrament is, by Christ's own appointment, to be continued in his Church until the end of the world. by the Father, they neither will nor can truly come to Christ, and therefore 5:23 … 2 John 17:17; Eph. More By Justin . 4:2; 1 Pet. 2:13 10 Heb. The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered to any person. through the power and deceitfulness of their corruption dwelling in them, which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption. 4 Rom. 5 1 Cor. Of Christ 4 Num. the Lord Jesus was instituted by him the same night wherein he was betrayed, thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God, have his name put upon them, receive the spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a Father, yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience; and the requiring an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also. that the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him and judge of the world;7 unto whom He did from all eternity give 22 Gal 4:4; Matt. of God.7 Nor doth their communion one with another as saints, take away or infringe the title or property which each man hath in his goods and possessions. 25 Matt. 1:17,18 rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness; to the end for the which they were created. of baptism,19 and the Lord's supper,20 are all parts of religious 6:14 and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties,7 all Wales asking each assembly to send representatives to a meeting in London 8:18 and all of free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold, direct dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy. Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ and his benefits, and to confirm our interest in him: as also to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church, and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his Word. Samuel E. Waldron, 6:18; Rev. which also he most wisely and powerfully boundeth, and otherwise ordereth and governeth. 1:5; 1 Pet. Above all, it is the uniting them to Himself by His Spirit, revealing to them, in and by His as that by reason of his remaining corruptions, he does not perfectly, Yet it is a sin to refuse an oath touching any thing that is good and just, being imposed by lawful authority. The reading of the Scriptures with godly fear; the sound preaching, and conscionable hearing of the Word, in obedience unto God with understanding, faith, and reverence; singing of psalms with grace in the heart; as, also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God: besides religious oaths, and vows, solemn fastings, and thanksgivings upon special occasion; which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in an holy and religious manner. 6 Ps. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. and receive the close study which they believe it will richly repay. 6. rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore to declare his word of institution to the people. The Lord Jesus hath, in this ordinance, appointed his ministers to declare his word of institution to the people, to pray, and bless the elements of bread and wine, and thereby to set them apart from a common to an holy use; and to take and break the bread, to take the cup, and (they communicating also themselves) to give both to the communicants; but to none who are not then present in the congregation. 1 Pet. and also apprehendeth an excellency therein above all other writings and all things in the world, as it bears forth the glory of God in his attributes, the excellency of Christ in his nature and offices, and the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit in his workings and operations: and so is enabled to cast his soul upon the truth thus believed; is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and, although it be different in degrees, and may be weak or strong, yet it is in the least degree of it different in the kind or nature of it, as is all other saving grace, from the faith and common grace of temporary believers; and therefore, though it may be. 10:16, endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness after his own image. Herts True believers nor only will, that which is good, but does also will that which is evil.9 A Brief Overview of Seventeenth-Century Reformed Orthodox Federalism. 14 Ps. Civil magistrates being set up by God for the ends aforesaid; subjection, in all lawful things commanded by them, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but for conscience' sake; and we ought to make supplications and prayers for kings and all that are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. The doctrine of the high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men attending the will of God revealed in his Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election; so shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God, and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel. 5. A circular letter was sent to particular Baptist churches in England and they being engraved upon the palm of his hands, and their names having not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church, but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace. . 2 Eccles. 8 Isa. duties of necessity and mercy.31 27. 1:24; 1 1. 8:3 16:7 2. 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