Epistle of James Marriage is to be between one man and one woman; neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time.412, 2. through the same virtue, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed. Ps. We cannot by our best works merit pardon of sin or eternal life at the hand of God, by reason of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins;277 but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants; and because they are good they proceed from his Spirit,278 and as they are wrought by us they are defiled and mixed with so much weekness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of Godâs punishment.279, 277. Matt. 48. God, having all life,38 glory,39 goodness,40 blessedness, in and of Himself, is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them,41 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,42 and He hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleases;43 in His sight all things are open and manifest,44 His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain;45 He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works,46 and in all His commands; to Him is due from angels and men, whatsoever worship,47 service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is further pleased to require of them. 6:10, 2. A lawful oath is a part of religious worship, wherein the person swearing in truth, righteousness, and judgment, solemnly calls God to witness what he swears,396 and to judge him according to the truth or falseness thereof.397, 396. God gave to Adam a law of universal obedience written in his heart, and a particular precept of not eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; by which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience; promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it, and endued him with power and ability to keep it. 6:4, 2. 12. Col. 2:14,16-17; Eph. 2:14-15; 1 Thess. 11:26 385. 64:6; Ps. 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 many times assailed and weakened, yet it gets the victory. 494. 110:3; Luke 1:74-75, 1. 4:4-5 217. The way appointed by Christ for the calling of any person, fitted and gifted by the Holy Spirit, unto the office of bishop or elder in a church, is, that he be chosen thereunto by the common suffrage of the church itself;436 and solemnly set apart by fasting and prayer, with imposition of hands of the eldership of the church, if there be any before constituted therein;437 and of a deacon that he be chosen by the like suffrage, and set apart by prayer, and the like imposition of hands.438, 436. 64:7, 4. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts,240 and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word;241 by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord's supper, prayer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened.242, 240. Neither are the aforementioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the Gospel, but do sweetly comply with it. 4:28, 1. Acts 5:4; Eph. 8:30; 2 Tim. Rom. Chapter 2 - God and the Holy Trinity. Ps. 3:25-26 160. 2:13-14 185. wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good. 3:20; Eph. 145:17 47. 5:10 166. 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. 18:15-20, 6. All ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy communion with Christ, so are they unworthy of the Lord's table, and cannot, without great sin against him, while they remain such, partake of these holy mysteries, or be admitted thereunto;478 yea, whosoever shall receive unworthily, are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgment to themselves.479, 478. Heb. founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ revealed in the Gospel; and also upon the inward evidence of those graces of the Spirit unto which promises are made. A lawful oath is a part of religious worship, wherein the person swearing in truth, righteousness, and judgment, solemnly calls God to witness what he swears. 24:1; 1 Chron. 16:1-2; Acts 20:7; Rev. 4:6 278. Eph. Rom. 1 Tim. Rev. yet they may, by their sins, fall under Godâs fatherly displeasure; and in that condition they usually do not have the light of his countenance restored to them, until they humble themselves, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance. As the providence of God does in general reach to all creatures, so after a more special manner it takes care of His church, and disposes of all things to the good thereof. Acts 27:31, 44; Isa. Rom. All persons throughout the world, professing the faith of the gospel, and obedience unto God by Christ according unto it, not destroying their own profession by any errors everting the foundation, or unholiness of conversation, are and may be called visible saints; and of such ought all particular congregations to be constituted. The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in Modern English. 6:18; Ps. 1:1 252. 25:21, 34; 2 Tim. The covenant of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman, as the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance;339 in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of it, was revealed, and [is] therein effectual for the conversion and salvation of sinners.340, 2. Jun 2. The Baptist Confession of 1689 includes the Introduction, Foreward, topics from Holy Scriptures to Last Judgment, and the Ending Statement and Signatories Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies. 6:12-14; 1 Pet. Heb. 6:8; Heb. Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party baptized, a sign of his fellowship with him, in his death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into him; and of giving up into God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life. So that to believe such doctrines, or obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience; and the requiring of an implicit faith, an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience and reason also. and afterwards by farther steps, until the full discovery thereof was completed in the New Testament; and it is founded in that eternal covenant transaction that was between the Father and the Son about the redemption of the elect; and it is alone by the grace of this covenant that all the posterity of fallen Adam that ever were saved did obtain life and blessed immortality, man being now utterly incapable of acceptance with God upon those terms on which Adam stood in his state of innocency. It is helpful to be mindful of these historical factors in seeking to understand the content of Chapter 21. Although in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly; so that there is not anything befalls any by chance, or without His providence; yet by the same providence He ordered them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently. Gen. 3:12-13; 2 Cor. 7:29; Gen. 1:26 79. To understand the importance of creedalism, or confessionalism, see The Creedal Imperative by Carl Trueman. 1 Cor. Elect infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit; who works when, and where, and how He pleases; so also are all elect persons, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word. The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith was written by Calvinistic, Particular Baptists in England who desired an official statement for their beliefs. 1:19-20 129. service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is further pleased to require of them. Isaiah 6:3 32. I Thessalonians When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the state of grace, He frees him from his natural bondage under sin,180 and by His grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good;181 yet so as that by reason of his remaining corruptions, he does not perfectly, nor only will, that which is good, but does also will that which is evil.182, 180. 2:2; Acts 20:32, 2. and will not the diligence of Christians with respect to the discharge of these duties, in ages past, rise up in judgment against, and condemn many of those who would be esteemed such now? Ps. To all those for whom Christ has obtained eternal redemption, He does certainly and effectually apply and communicate the same, making intercession for them;165 uniting them to Himself by His Spirit, revealing to them, in and by His Word, the mystery of salvation, persuading them to believe and obey,166 governing their hearts by His Word and Spirit,167 and overcoming all their enemies by His almighty power and wisdom,168 in such manner and ways as are most consonant to His wonderful and unsearchable dispensation; and all of free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them to procure it.169, 165. Dan. This office of mediator between God and man is proper only to Christ, who is the prophet, priest, and king of the church of God; and may not be either in whole, or any part thereof, transferred from Him to any other. Rom. In those things wherein we differ from others, we have exprest our selves with all candor and plainness that none might entertain jealousie of ought secretly lodged in our breasts, that we would not the world should be acquainted with; yet we hope we have also observed those rules of modesty, and humility, as will render our freedom in this respect inoffensive, even to those whose sentiments are different from ours. 1:18-32, 4. 81:11-12; 2 Thess. so will he have the day unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord will come. 1:22-23 133. It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent; yet it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord; and therefore such as profess the true religion, should not marry with infidels, or idolaters; neither should such as are godly, be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresy. 7:15, 18-19, 21, 23, 5. Exod. John 15:14 247. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old),14 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 authentic; so as in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal to them.15 But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have a right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded in the fear of God to read,16 and search them,17 therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come,18 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.19, 14. whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto. The corruption of nature, during this life, does remain in those that are regenerated;118 and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.119, 118. 30:19, 2. who is both the author and finisher of our faith. 2:3 114. Rom. 4. 16:1-2; 3 John 8-10, 15. This number and order of offices is necessary; for in respect of our ignorance, we stand in need of His prophetical office; and in respect of our alienation from God, and imperfection of the best of our services, we need His priestly office to reconcile us and present us acceptable unto God; and in respect to our averseness and utter inability to return to God, and for our rescue and security from our spiritual adversaries, we need His kingly office to convince, subdue, draw, uphold, deliver, and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom. in a manifold dispensation to His most holy ends; yet so, as the sinfulness of their acts proceeds only from the creatures, and not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin. About/Contact. 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 afterward 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 maketh the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God's revealing his will unto his people being now ceased. 5:17-19; Rom. 1:5 281. May not the grosse ignorance, and instability of many; with the prophaneness of others, be justly charged upon their Parents and Masters; who have not trained them up in the way wherein they ought to walk when they were young? This number and order of offices is necessary; for in respect of our ignorance, we stand in need of His prophetical office;171 and in respect of our alienation from God, and imperfection of the best of our services, we need His priestly office to reconcile us and present us acceptable unto God;172 and in respect to our averseness and utter inability to return to God, and for our rescue and security from our spiritual adversaries, we need His kingly office to convince, subdue, draw, uphold, deliver, and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom.173, 171. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible. 1:8, 9. 4:10; Heb. John 1:12, Rom. 6:30; Rom. 2:14; Eph. 2 Cor. Romans 3:2 15. 1 Tim. and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces. Eph. come to have their graces and comforts impaired. 5:21; Matt. 1 Corinthians 14:6, 9, 11-12, 24, 28 19. John 6:37, 10:15-16, 17:9; Rom. others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of His glorious justice. Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love. 119:68 41. Because it was adopted by the Philadelphia Association of Baptist Churches in the 18th century, it is also known as the Philadelphia Confession of Faith. The sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering their common affairs aforehand, do not only observe a holy rest all day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their worldly employment and recreations. 29:4 101. All which were common also to believers under the law for the substance of them; but under the New Testament the liberty of Christians is further enlarged, in their freedom from the yoke of a ceremonial law, to which the Jewish church was subjected, and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of. Mal. The same law that was first written in the heart of man continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness after the fall,325 and was delivered by God upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments, and written in two tables, the four first containing our duty towards God, and the other six, our duty to man.326, 3. The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in Modern English. 11:24-25, 7. And that in this backsliding day, we might not spend our breath in fruitless complaints of the evils of others; but may every one begin at home, to reform in the first place our own hearts, and wayes; and then to quicken all that we may have influence upon, to the same work; that if the will of God were so, none might deceive themselves, by resting in, and trusting to, a form of Godliness, without the power of it, and inward experience of the efficacy of those truths that are professed by them. Zech. 1 Cor. Heb. These angels and men thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.61, 5. 1 Tim. 14:16, 17, 4. Deut. 3:31, 6. and exposes them to such objects as their corruption makes occasion of sin; and withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan. Matt. Ps. 2:14-15 80. 26:70, 72, 74 297. 10:5 324. Rom. 15:54-57 354. 1:2, 1 Tim. 6:12, 1 John 1:7, 9 212. Saints by profession are bound to maintain a holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification;454 as also in relieving each other in outward things according to their several abilities, and necessities;455 which communion, according to the rule of the gospel, though especially to be exercised by them, in the relation wherein they stand, whether in families,456 or churches,457 yet, as God offers opportunity, is to be extended to all the household of faith, even all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus; nevertheless their communion one with another as saints, does not take away or infringe the title or propriety which each man has in his goods and possessions.458, 454. The moral law does for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof. 5:13; 2 Pet. 3. 4:3 417. 1 Cor. Gen. 3:6, 3. 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 ordinary means, may attain to a sufficient understanding of them. The bodies of men after death return to dust, and see corruption; but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them. We cannot by our best works merit pardon of sin or eternal life at the hand of God, by reason of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins; but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants; and because they are good they proceed from his Spirit. 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 eternal damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient; for then shall the righteous go into everlasting life, and receive that fulness of joy and glory with everlasting rewards, in the presence of the Lord; but the wicked, who do not know God, and do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, shall be cast aside into everlasting torments. 1:11 271. 3:18 151. Lam. and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins, and rise again for their justification; nevertheless, they are not justified personally, until the Holy Spirit in time does actually apply Christ to them. 5:9-10; John 14:19 293. Eccles. 3:2 443. yet hath He not decreed anything, because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions. in such manner and ways as are most consonant to His wonderful and unsearchable dispensation; and all of free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them to procure it. 89. Heb. Eph. Of God and of the Holy Trinity. 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. by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God. and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come; but the principle acts of saving faith have immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, and resting upon him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one part of natural worship, is by God required of all men.372 But that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son,373 by the help of the Spirit,374 according to his will;375 with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and when with others, in a known tongue.376, 372. The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, wherein the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.465, 4. 1:17 342. Col. 1:11 233. The way appointed by Christ for the calling of any person, fitted and gifted by the Holy Spirit, unto the office of bishop or elder in a church, is, that he be chosen thereunto by the common suffrage of the church itself; and solemnly set apart by fasting and prayer, with imposition of hands of the eldership of the church, if there be any before constituted therein; and of a deacon that he be chosen by the like suffrage, and set apart by prayer, and the like imposition of hands. As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, so He hath, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto;64 wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ,65 are effectually called unto faith in Christ, by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified,66 and kept by His power through faith unto salvation;67 neither are any other redeemed by Christ, or effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.68, 64. 9:22-23; Jude 4, 4. 119:32 313. 32:25-26, 31; 2 Cor. Isa. 3:10-19, 3. Eph. All saints that are united to Jesus Christ, their head, by his Spirit, and faith, although they are not made thereby one person with him, have fellowship in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory; and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces. 4:11-12 428. Rom. 1 Tim. As all believers are bound to join themselves to particular churches, when and where they have opportunity so to do; so all that are admitted unto the privileges of a church, are also under the censures and government thereof, according to the rule of Christ. 15:3-4 155. Song of Solomon 5:2-3, 6 315. This ancient document is the most excellent epitome of the things most surely believed among us. Rom. Rom. and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, in an orderly way, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man. Those who do actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to, our Lord Jesus Christ, are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.464, 464. Their ability to do good works is not all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ;273 and that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is necessary an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit, to work in them and to will and to do of his good pleasure;274 yet they are not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion of the Spirit, but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.275, 273. Rom. Christ, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those who are justified; and did, by the sacrifice of himself in the blood of his cross, undergoing in their stead the penalty due to them, make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to Godâs justice in their behalf; yet, in as much as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for anything in them. and in their being delivered from this present evil world. 2:19; 1 John 2:19 289. 1:9; 1 John 5:20 167. 7:23-25; Gal. 1:6; Rom. Matt. 1:21; 1 John 2:16, 5. 2:10 272. Luke 1:73-75; 1 John 4:18 357. The Lord Jesus hath, in this ordinance, appointed his ministers to pray, and bless the elements of bread and wine, and thereby to set them apart from a common to a holy use, and to take and break the bread; to take the cup, and, they communicating also themselves, to give both to the communicants.471, 4. Isa. 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