This covenant was differently administered in the (time of the law), and in the (time of the gospel): (2 Cor. 3:9, 19) whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God, (Eph. 11:13–14, 1 Cor. 11:3, Col. 1:16, Acts 17:24), 2. Although the work of redemption was not actually wrought by Christ till after His incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefits thereof were communicated unto the elect, in all ages successively from the beginning of the world, in and by those promises, types, and sacrifices, wherein He was revealed, and signified to be the seed of the woman which should bruise the serpent’s head; and the Lamb slain from the beginning of the world; being yesterday and today the same, and for ever. (Gen. 1, Heb. 23:23), 1. 7:3–4, 1 Kings 11:4, Neh. (Isa. 2:30, 2 Kings 8:12–13) and, withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan, (Ps. 7:22, Matt. 2:17), 2. 7:12, 22, 25, Ps. 1:25) and, since the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone. 6:17, Rom. 23:3, 1 Pet. 1:23, Acts 3:21, Eph. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from any thing at all foreseen in man, (2 Tim. 11:7, Eph. The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof; (Rom. Jonah 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. Daniel 15:4, Matt. 1:10) and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath. 3:10) and so made subject to death, (Rom. 1:6, 12), 6. 28:19–20), 4. Westminster Confession of Faith Rev. 49:23, Rom. (Matt. 13:12, Matt. 3:39) and eternal. 12:36–37), 2. 19:9, Rom. 8:20, Lam. 2:4–5, 8–9) who is altogether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 4:8) most free, (Ps. (1 John 5:12, Acts 4:12), 4. It was adopted by the Church of Scotland in 1647, by various American and English Presbyterian bodies (with some modifications), and by some Congregationalists and Baptists. 26:75, 1 Cor. 10:19–22) and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of. 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. The outward elements in this sacrament, duly set apart to the uses ordained by Christ, have such relation to Him crucified, as that, truly, yet sacramentally only, they are sometimes called by the name of the things they represent, to wit, the body and blood of Christ; (Matt. 8:32) and His obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead; (2 Cor. Don't believe me? It represents the best of Puritan scholarship, blended with Scottish theological sagacity. The Larger Catechism 5. 9, Heb. Col. 2:11–12, 1 Cor. Man, by his fall, having made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second, (Gal. Intended to set the doctrinal standards for the Church of England, it became a powerful force in the Church of Scotland and has influenced Presbyterian churches all over the world. (1 Cor. 3:16–19, John 1:16, Eph. 3:10, Rom. 12:28, Matt. 3:17) as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church and the rest of the world; (Rom. As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; (Rom. 1:11–12,14, 1 John 3:16–18, Gal. 30:6, Ezek. 1:2–3, Exod. (John 17:9, Rom. Which communion, as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who, in every place, call upon the name of the Lord Jesus. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake; (Ps. (Ps. 8:14–15, 1 John 4:18) All which were common also to believers under the law. There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:20, Jer. 1:10–11, 13, Tit. 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. (Heb. 36:27, Heb. 25:21, 23), 7. (1 Cor. 31:23, Ps. (1 Thess. (Rev. 8:33, Luke 10:20), 1. 13:19, Heb. However, The Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book is slightly different from the above volumes. 3:9, Acts 13:38–39, Eph. 1:12) nor to a right end, the glory of God, (Matt. 6:13, Neh. 40:13–17, Job 9:32–33, 1 Sam. 3:10, Rom. (Luke 3:14, Rom. T he Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession produced in 1646 by the Westminster Assembly in London. Westminster Confession of Faith Index CHAPTER 1 - Of the Holy Scripture CHAPTER 2 - Of God, and of the Holy Trinity CHAPTER 3 - Of God's Eternal Decree CHAPTER 4 - Of Creation CHAPTER 5 - Of Providence CHAPTER 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof 53:10) and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified. (Rev. 9:24, 26, Col. 1:19–20, Eph. 13:15–19, 21–22) but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy. 9:5, 1 Pet. Neither are the forementioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the Gospel, but do sweetly comply with it; (Gal. (Tit. 4:4) with all the essential properties, and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin; (Heb. 143:2, Ps. 22:37–40), 3. 2:15–16, Isa. 9:17, Gen. 45:7, Ps. (1 Cor. 2:16, Tit. 5:5–6) and King (Ps. 4:11, Col. 2:11–12) of his ingrafting into Christ, (Gal. 7:1, Rom. 55:10–11) yet is free to work without, (Hos. 3:23) and so became dead in sin, (Gen. 2:17, Eph. 10:6–9, Gal. 3:21) but upon the work of the Spirit, (Matt. 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.”. 104:24, Ps. 10:16), 8. 26:27–28, Tit. 13:5, Tit. (2 Cor. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646-1647) with Scripture Proofs 7:1, Heb. 4:10, John 5:23, 2 Cor. 4:2–3, Col. 2:15), 1. 1:6, Acts 26:6–7, Jude 20–21), 4. This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of it: (1 John 5:13, Isa. 2:16, Gal. God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world, in righteousness, by Jesus Christ, (Acts 17:31) to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father. 3:12) whence ariseth a continual and (irreconcilable war), the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. (Deut. 6:16, Eph. 5:7, 2 Cor. 4:11–12, 1 Cor. 145:3) almighty, (Gen. 17:1, Rev. 32:1, Rom. 4:25) nevertheless, they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit doth, in due time, actually apply Christ unto them. (Acts 2:23, Matt. 6:15, Dan. 7:15, Matt. 1 The Westminster Confession of Faith . Nahum 3:11, 14, 2 Cor. (1 Cor. 7:36–38) Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord. 3:17, Eph. 2:14, 1 Thess. 12:7–9, Ps. 5:23) yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part; (1 John 1:10, Rom. 4:8) But (the principal acts of saving faith) are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace. 10:2, John 16:2, 1 Sam. 12:1–13), 1. 16:19, Matt. 3:27, Rom. Reformed views of the sacraments, the ministry, and the two covenants of works and grace are given. 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. 2:6, Isa. (Luke 12:13–14, John 18:36). 5:20, Matt. to the Romans Joel The Westminster Confession is one of the most influential Reformed statements of faith, especially among Presbyterian churches (Exod. 12:28, Gen. 18:27, James 5:16, James 1:6–7, Mark 11:24, Matt. 1:11, Ps. Hosea 2:13, Rom. 4:13, 2 Cor. 15:13, Eph. 18:15–17, 1 Tim. 26:26–28) albeit, in substance and nature, they still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they were before. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, (Mark 16:15–16, Acts 8:37–38) but also the infants of one, or both, believing parents, are to be baptized. 51:4–5, 7, 9, 14, Ps. 26:18) or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven; (Matt. 28:18–20), 2. 2:5) the Prophet, (Acts 3:22) Priest, (Heb. 2:6, Luke 1:33) the Head and Saviour of His Church, (Eph. 8:1) yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life informing them of the will of God, and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; (Rom. 10:10) who is infinite in being and perfection, (Job 11:7–9, Job 26:14) a most pure spirit, (John 4:24) invisible, (1 Tim. Baptism is a sacrament of the new testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, (Matt. 2:5), 3. 5:11,14, Rom. 5:16) adorn the profession of the gospel, (Tit. 5:17, 1 Pet. 17:12, James 1:14, Deut. 6:12, 14–15, Col. 4:2, Eph. 5:12, 2 Thess. 5:19, Heb. 1:19) those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased. 4:11, Acts 10:2, 4, 22, 31, 45, 47) or, that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated. 3:6–9) under the law it was administered by promises, prophecies, sacrifices, circumcision, the paschal lamb, and other types and ordinances delivered to the people of the Jews, all foresignifying Christ to come; (Heb. When the English monarchy was restored in 1660, the episcopal form of church government was reinstated, and the Presbyterian confession lost its official status in England. 13:14) the Father is of none, neither begotten, not proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; (John 1:14, 18) the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. 12:21–23, Luke 16:25–26, Rev. 21:13, Deut. 3:14, 16, Acts 15:11, Rom. (Ps. 2:4, Cant. (Matt. 8:7, Eph. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty, which is, that being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands; and of good use both to themselves and others: (2 Kings 10:30–31, 1 Kings 21:27, 29, Phil. 20:7, Jer. 7:24, Rom. (Col. 1:18, Eph. 22:1–29, Gen. 49:10, 1 Pet. 6:14, Gal. (Eph. 28:13, 1 John 1:9) so, he that scandalizeth his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or publick confession, and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended, (James 5:16, Luke 17:3–4, Josh. (Exod. 10:10, 14, Heb. 3:5) and yet, their neglect of them is more sinful and displeasing unto God. (Acts 3:21, 1 Cor. 17:16, 18–19, Josh. (2 Cor. 7:9, Rom. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof; VII. 2:13–14, 2 Cor. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, (Rom. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to Him alone; (Matt. 15:3, Ps. 2:12, Phil. 7:6, 1 Tim. 3:19) Beside these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none. 3:18) perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Thessalonians I 13:4, 1 Tim. ... To escape the wrath and curse of God, due to us for sin, God requireth of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, ... for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies. 9:12–15, Rom. 3:10,12, Eccl. 9:7) the house and family of God, (Eph. (Heb. 8:20, Acts 17:11, John 4:22, Hos. 2:13, 1 John 5:10, Acts 24:14) and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, (Rom. 1:20, 1 Cor 11:27–34, Jude 23), 4. 5:2,5), 2. 28:19–20), 2. (Cant. 8:10, Jer. (Heb. Micah Notwithstanding, the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in Him; (Eph. (2 Thess. 6:11, 19) but an infallible assurance of faith founded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation, (Heb. 11:21, 23) yet hath He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions. 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. 4:6) is by God required of all men: (Ps. 3:9), 1. (John 15:26, Gal. 3:22,24–25,27–28, Tit. 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. 19:10, Rom. (Ezek. The Lord Jesus, in His human nature thus united to the divine, was sanctified, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, above measure, (Ps. 11:3) This their sin, God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory. 4:24–26) yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated, or saved, without it: (Rom. 9:11, 13, 16, Eph. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit, (Luke 18:15–16, Acts 2:38–39, John 3:3, 5, 1 John 5:12, Rom. 15:21–22, 45, 49) and the same death in sin, and corrupted nature, conveyed to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation. 2:19, John 8:34, Luke 1:74–75), 4. 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. 10:25, Prov. 26:29), 6. 7:29, Job 28:28), 2. 1:17–18) taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them an heart of flesh; (Ezek. 14:13) nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death. It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, (Heb. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the Gospel, lawfully called thereunto. 145:7), 2. The Westminster Confession of Faith asserts the real presence in the Sacrament, the supreme authority of God’s Word, and the catholicity of the Church, made distinctive by three characteristics: the true preaching of the Word, the right administration of … 11:3–4, Rev. 5:4–5) who put all power and judgment into His hand, and gave Him commandment to execute the same. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification: (John 1:12, Rom. 5:1, 5, 11, 13, 2 John 1:10–11, 2 Thess. 7:22) Which office He took not unto Himself, but was thereunto called by His Father, (Heb. 37:11, Matt. 6:11–12, Eph. 1:7–10), 3. 9:6–7, 1 Tim. 25:41, 2 Thess. (1 Tim. 51:5, Gen. 5:3, Job 14:4, Job 15:14), 4. (1 Tim. (Isa. Luke (Gen. 1:26–27, Gen. 2:17, Rom. 2:13) Wherefore, they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ, (1 Thess. 13:6), 1. (Rom. 7:5) and thanksgivings upon special occasions, (Ps. 10:11–12, 14, 18), 3. The confession was completed in 1646 and presented to Parliament, which approved it after some revisions in June 1648. 2:1) yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation. 19:8–9, 1 Cor. 7:15, 18, Ps. 10:4, Exod. 119:32) the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is it from inclining men to looseness. 12:36) so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent. 20:8, 10–11, Isa. 3:20–21, Gen. 3:15, Isa. 1:11, Rom. 2:13–14), 2. 2:9) strengthen their assurance, (1 John 2:3, 5, 2 Pet. 26:69–72, Ps. 18:3, Rom. 12:12–13, Ps. (1 Kings 8:31, Neh. 10:12, Ps. 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). At the last day, such as are found alive shall not die, but be changed: (1 Thess. 2:7), 4. (Heb. 10:14, Eph. 31:35, Exod. 1:5, 2 Thess. 14:4, Ps. 1:21), 4. 10:4, 13–14, 2 Sam. The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come, take upon Him man’s nature, (John 1:1, 14, 1 John 5:20, Phil. (Ps. 9:22–23, Matt. An oath is to be taken in the plain and common sense of the words, without equivocation, or mental reservation. I Chronicles 34:1) the first four commandments containing our duty towards God; and the other six, our duty to man. They, whom God hath accepted in His Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved. 5:17, Rom. 3:15, Matt. 4:15–16) and so, the saints grow in grace, (2 Pet. 4:1, Heb. Wherefore, all ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy communion with Him, so are they unworthy of the Lord’s table; and cannot, without great sin against Christ, while they remain such, partake of these holy mysteries, (1 Cor. 88, Ps. 1:2, 1 Cor. 15:9–12) and of their children: (1 Cor. (Rom. 5:17–19, James 2:8, Rom. 4:15–16, 1 Cor. 11:33, Deut. 6:9) On the third day He arose from the dead, (1 Cor. 19:11–12, 1 Cor. 19:13, Luke 19:8. 8:26) according to His will, (1 John 5:14) with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; (Ps. 5:2) are enabled to cry, Abba, Father, (Gal. 113:5–6, Ps. 76:11, Jer. (James 2:17, 22, 26, Gal. 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. 119:105, 130), 8. 3:3–5), 4. (1 John. The justification of believers under the old testament was, in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers under the new testament. (Rom. 2:5–6, Rom. 3:16), 3. 19:21, Eccl. 5:1, Acts 15:10–11) and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, (Heb. 1:24), 4. 4:13, Heb. 3:16) Which person is very God, and very man, yet one Christ, the only Mediator between God and man. (Matt. 4:2, 4, 6, Eph. (Eph. 16:20–21, Rom. 3:16, 1 John 5:9, 1 Thess. 3:18, 1 Tim. 4:5–8, 2 Cor. (1 Sam. 5:13–14, Rom. 40:7–8, Heb. (1 Cor. 9:10, 19–22, Acts 2:41, Acts 16:33, Mark 7:4), 4. (Rom. 82:3–4, 2 Sam. The 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith is highly esteemed among Calvinists. 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. I Samuel Updates? 2:14–15, Rom. 20:8, 10, Matt. (1 Tim. Neither prayer, nor any other part of religious worship, is now, under the Gospel, either tied unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed: (John 4:21) but God is to be worshipped everywhere, (Mal. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity Chapter III. 34:16, Deut. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) The original text of 1646, from the manuscript of Cornelius Burges, Assessor to the Westminster Assembly, with the Assembly’s proof texts, as published in the modern critical edition of 1937 by S. W. Carruthers. (Ps. 12:28, Eph. 4:8) most wise, (Rom. 6:10), 2. 4:4–5, Acts 13:39, 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. 1:9, Tit. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day, XXXII. 9:22, 25–26, 28) but only a commemoration of that one offering up of Himself, by Himself, upon the cross, once for all: and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God, for the same: (1 Cor. (John 7:38–39, 2 Cor. (Acts 24:15, John 5:28–29, 1 Cor. 5:1, Amos 2:7) Nor can such incestuous marriage ever be made by any law of man or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife. 19:5–6, Prov. 51:4, Jer. 17:9, Rom. 3:15) out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation. (1 Cor. 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. 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. Of Adoption; XIII. 19:12, 2 Cor. 4:6–7, Ps. 4:4–5) by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God, (Rom. 12:13) but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, (Rom. Numbers Malachi, The Gospels according to The end of God’s appointing this day is for the manifestation of the glory of His mercy, in the eternal salvation of the elect; and of His justice, in the damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient. 36:27) and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: (Eph. 29:19, John 8:41) (which hope of theirs shall perish): (Matt. (Lev. 3:24, Eph. 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. 5:12–20) upon condition of perfect and personal obedience. 3:10, Rom. 2:3) and curse of the law, (Gal. 25:22, 32–34, Ps. 31:33–34) to all nations, both Jews and Gentiles; (Matt. 11:33–34, Ps. 2:13–14, 16) from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted, (Rom. 1:17) without body, parts, (Deut. 28:19, 1 Cor. 10:20) wherein, upon just occasion, the person swearing solemnly calleth God to witness what he asserteth, or promiseth, and to judge him according to the truth or falsehood of what he sweareth. 2:2) 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: (John 6:45, 1 Cor 2:9–12) 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. 2:2–3, Matt. 4:4, Job 34:10) above, (Rom. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels (1 Tim. 5:4), 5. 3:21–23, 30, Ps. 2:7–8, Isa. To all those for whom Christ hath purchased redemption, he doth certainly and effectually apply and communicate the same; (John 6:37, 39, John 10:15–16) making intercession for them, (1 John 2:1–2, Rom. 7:23), 1. 9:15–17, Heb. 20:7, Jer. (Rom. 7:26, John 1:14) He might be thoroughly furnished to execute the office of a Mediator and Surety. 1:11, 14, John 17:2, Heb. 16:4, Rom. (Exod. 6:14, 16) or be admitted thereunto. 4:11, Gen. 17:7,10) immediately instituted by God, (Matt. 3:7, Acts 10:2) daily, (Matt. 1:19–20, Rev. 4:16, Matt. 11:24–26, Matt. 4:2, Isa. 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. (Heb. 1:7, Matt. 2:4, Rev. 6:1–2, Tit. 3:5–7, Rom. 13:8), 7. Lamentations 2:14–15, Rom. II Kings Whosoever taketh an oath ought duly to consider the weightiness of so solemn an act, and therein to avouch nothing but what he is fully persuaded is the truth: (Exod. 130:4, 1 John 1:6–7), 4. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God so far manifest themselves in His providence, that it extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other sins of angels and men; (Rom. (Rev. 10:29) vows, (Isa. 1:5–7, Luke 21:27–28, Rom. It continues to wield very significant influence on how presbyterian churches are run … 1:10, Rom. 6:10. 13:47, Isa. (Rom. 1:9), 1. 1:2, 19–20, Rom. 64:6, Gal. (John 6:44, 65, Eph. (Gen. 8:22, Jer. 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