The Weekend Word
What did you teach?
What did you learn?
Did you hear the Gospel?
The Westminster Confession of Faith
Of the Holy Scripture
I. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.
II. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these: Of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Of the New Testament: The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians I, Corinthians II, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians I , Thessalonians II , To Timothy I , To Timothy II, To Titus, To Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, The Epistle of James, The first and second Epistles of Peter, The first, second, and third Epistles of John, The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation of John. All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.
III. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture, and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.
IV. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.
V. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. 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 does 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.
VI. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men. 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.
VII. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.
VIII. 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; so as, in all controversies of religion, the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them,therefore they are to be translated in to the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come, that, the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner; and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.
IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself: and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.
X. 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.
seems right to me – so, let me be the first to say ‘amen’
“We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. “
This is the high water mark of Reformed confessions…we’ll see what we can learn over the coming weeks.
Brian H. preached on Ephesians 4:1,17-24. Had to miss the last half of his first sermon for personal reasons. He did say moralism and the gospel don’t mix (my paraphrase).
I’ll have to wait for the podcast. Right now the greatest value to me of going to near him live is getting out of the house and seeing all kinds of people I don’t know. An extroverts paradise, an introverts purgatory. Struggling with this and other things now.
Have you ever done a post on which confession came out when and such? I love reading them, especially since prior to here I had never heard of most of them. I think it would be cool to have an idea of when and why each was set forth.
That is a great idea…I’ve been negligent about that.
I’ll fix that. 🙂
after Trey is skateboarded out…that is. 😉
Priorities are a must! 😀
And in my vast magnaminity I both excuse and forgive my brother’s negligence. 😉
See how great I am? 8)
Preached on the Restoration of the Kingdom to Israel in Acts 1:1-15
I preached that the destiny of Israel was Jesus and still is… and that in Jesus Israel blessed all the nations and fulfilled their historical destiny …
Next week we continue our study in the Acts of the Apostles…
TonyP., Are you sure you aren’t a CC pastor? 😉
Pastor preached on compromise and repentance this morning from the letter to the church at Pergamus. Gospel? No, but other than that, it really was a good sermon.
Couldn’t attend any corporate meeting today. In fact, due to my new vocation, I haven’t been able to do so for over a year.
However, as I drove alone in my 387 Peterbilt along the Columbia River Gorge early this morning, the Holy Spirit ministered to me in such a beautiful way… reminding me once again that the Father, Son & Spirit love me with an unfailing love. So much so, that while I was dead in my trespasses and sins, the Son gave His life as a sacrifice…redeemed & reconciled me unto to God.
What a gift! In fact, Paul refers to it as a “free gift”, no ulterior motives, no strings attached, no requirement on my part to earn it, polish or improve upon it, or, even secure it.
In light of that, I have been sensing from the Lord that it’s time for me to put down the sword in my life. Make things right with those I may offended, or, who have offended me in some way.
Could be that I’m just getting older now and realize that the only thing we really have of any meaning is our relationships with others, especially with those of the household of faith.
I was reminded today of old Paul and his request of Timothy to send Mark to him because he was a benefit to him in the work of the gospel. Probably even more than that, old Paul yearned to just fellowship in the Lord with Mark.
My best friend is attending Asbury. Part of his summer curriculum is in the Chaplaincy program at a very large hospital. He told me that those he ministers to on the verge of death, have a common theme. Namely, they wish they had devoted more time prioritizing and valuing their relationships.
He told me of one man on his death bed weeping and sobbing because one of his son’s he had wronged refused to forgive him. Even though he had repeatedly attempted to reconcile. The father was an alcoholic and had fallen on tough times financially and STOLE his son’s identity! To which the son, refused to ever speak to him again. The father has repented and knows he is forgiven. However, his sorrow comes from fearing what will happen to his son in the future if he just can’t forgive what his father did to him.
That BLEW my mind…
May we never burn our bridges…
On that note, I forgot to add this…
If I have sinned against anyone on this blog by being been untoward, unkind, rude or any other such non-Christ like way, I ask that you would forgive me.
Nope, just truly amazed at how wonderful I am. And modest…. 🙂
Awesome, just awesome.
We looked at 1 John 4:12-19 – the wonderful assurances of salvation that we have in Christ. We have assurance that God abides in us & we in Him by: the presence of the Holy Spirit – the confession we have of Christ – and the perfected love of God in our lives.
Notes are here.
Long, but good day. Preached two messages about the value of gathering to worship. As part of the message, I interviewed our worship pastor.
After services we had a newcomer’s lunch: tacos. Lot of new faces!
Then taught a membership class.
Ended the day with a missionary presentation in the evening.
All good, and glad to see God working in a multitude of ways…
Wow Piney, that’s a full day! Do you have a weekday that you take for your own “sabbath?”
Scott, you’re a blessing!
Ty, Captain! So are you 🙂