London Baptist Confession – Week 7

2. God and the Holy Spirit

  1. The Lord our God is the one and only living and true God; Whose subsistence is in and of Himself- Who is infinite in being and perfection; Whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;- Who is a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions

    – Who only has immortality

    – Who dwells in the light which no man can approach, Who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, in every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute;

    – Who works all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory;

    – Who is most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;

    – Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;

    – Who is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him;

    – and Who, at the same time, is most just and terrible in His judgements, hating all sin and Who will by no means clear the guilty.

(1 Corinthians 8:4, 6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 48:12; Exodus 3:14; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Deuteronomy 4:15, 16; Malachi 3:6; 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23; Psalms 90:2; Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 6:3; Psalms 115:3; Isaiah 46:10; Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36; Exodus 34:6, 7; Hebrews 11:6; Nehemiah 9:32, 33; Psalms 5:5, 6; Exodus 34:7; Nahum 1:2, 3)

London Baptist Confession – Week 6

1. The Holy Scriptures – cont.

10.   The supreme judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and by which must be examined all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, and doctrines of men and private spirits can be no other than the Holy Scripture, delivered by the Spirit. And in the sentence of Scripture we are to rest, for it is in Scripture, delivered by the Spirit, that our faith is finally resolved.21

21Matthew 22:29, 31-32; Ephesians 2:20; Acts 28:23

London Baptist Confession – Week 5

1. The Holy Scriptures – cont.

8.   The Old Testament in14 Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of its writing was most generally known to the nations) were immediately inspired by God, and were kept pure through subsequent ages by His singular care and providence. They are therefore15 authentic , so that in all controversies of religion , the church must appeal to them as final.16

But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God who have a right to, and an interest in the Scriptures, and who are commanded to read and search them17 in the fear of God, the Scriptures are therefore to be translated into the ordinary language of every nation into which they come18, so that, with the Word of God living19 richly in all, people may worship God in an acceptable manner, and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.

9.   The infallible rule for the interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself20, and therefore whenever there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched by other passages which speak more clearly.

14 Romans 3:2;

15 Isaiah 8:20;

16 Acts 15:15;

17 John 5:39;

18 1 Corinthians 14:6, 9, 11, 12, 24, 28;

19 Colossians 3:16

20 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Acts 15:15, 16

Quote of the Day: Sola Scriptura

Phil over at http://teampyro.blogspot.com says this:

“A follow-up message asks me if I am suggesting it’s wrong for someone to
abandon all books and human teachers and rely only on what he can glean from
the Bible for himself. Answer: yes, I think that’s wrong because it’s arrogant
and reflects a sinful kind of unteachability. This is my whole point: sola
Scriptura doesn’t rule out the valid role of teaching in the church.

Furthermore, it is simply not the case that any common, unskilled, unschooled
individual, sitting down with his Bible and no other tools, can expect to come
to a full and mature understanding of Scripture without any help from godly
teachers who understand some things better than he will ever get it on his
own.”

“Click http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2010/07/desert-island-exegesis.html to read
the entire post)

I could not have said it better myself. Bravo Phil!

London Baptist Confession – Week 4

1. The Holy Scriptures – cont.

6.   The whole counsel of God concerning all things9 necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture, to which nothing is to be added at any time, either by new revelation of the Spirit, or by the traditions of men.

Nevertheless, we acknowledge the10 inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word.

There are some circumstances concerning the worship of God and church government which are common to human actions and societies, which are to be11 ordered by the light of nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word which are always to be observed.

7.   All things in scripture are not equally12 plain in themselves, nor equally clear to everyone, yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed and observed for salvation, are so13 clearly propounded and revealed in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the educated but also the uneducated may attain a sufficient understanding of them by the due use of ordinary means.

9 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Galatians 1:8,9;

10John 6:45; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12;

111 Corinthians 11:13, 14; 1 Corinthians 14:26,40

122 Peter 3:16;

13Psalms 19:7; Psalms 119:130

London Baptist Confession – Week 3

1. The Holy Scriptures (cont.)

4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, depends not on the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon7 God its Author (Who is Truth itself). Therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God.

5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the people of God to gain a high and reverent estimation of the Holy Scriptures. We may be similarly affected by the nature of the Scriptures—the heavenliness of the contents, 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 disclosure it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, together with many other incomparable excellencies and entire perfections. By all the evidence the Scripture more than proves itself to be the Word of God.

Yet, notwithstanding this, our8 full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth of Scripture and its divine authority, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.

72 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 5:9
8John 16:13,14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 1 John 2:20, 27

Thoughts from The Little Pauper

This last Saturday The Little Pauper and I were discussing the secrets of the
universe – like the best time to buy an Icee if you were taking a trip.
Referring to a jaunt I would be taking the next day she suggested I should
consider purchasing an Icee for the trip right then. To which I replied that if
I did that it would not be an Icee anymore because the Icee would melt. At which
point she responded, “Yeah, and then it would be called a ‘Melt-ee’!”

(At which point I lost it laughing at such flawless logic from a 4 year-old!)

Greetings

Hello Everyone,

As I begin this adventure I am hoping that this is profitable for both of us. I am hoping to encourage you in your faith while improving my writing skills. I also hope that this proves to be a worthwhile discipline for me to write regularly for something outside of school or sermons.

Please check back regularly and give me a shout if this has not been updated recently.

Soli Deo Gloria,

The Madman