Archive for May, 2017

WCF 15.4

May 31, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life

4: As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation;[298] so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.[299]

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WCF 15.3

May 30, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life

3: Although repentance is not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof,[295] which is the act of God’s free grace in Christ,[296] yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.[297]

LC 76, SC 87

May 29, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 76. What is repentance unto life?
A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace,[320] wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit[321] and Word of God,[322] whereby, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger,[323] but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins,[324] and upon the apprehension of God’s mercy in Christ to such as are penitent,[325] he so grieves for[326] and hates his sins,[327] as that he turns from them all to God,[328] purposing and endeavouring constantly to walk with him in all the ways of new obedience.[329]

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?
A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace,[180] whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ,[181] doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God,[182] with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.[183]

WCF 15.2

May 28, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life

2: By it, a sinner, out of the sight and sense not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature, and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of His mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God,[293] purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments.[294]

WCF 15.1

May 27, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life

1: Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace,[291] the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ.[292]

WCF 14.3

May 26, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith

3: This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong;[287] may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory:[288] growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ,[289] who is both the author and finisher of our faith.[290]

LC 73

May 25, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 73. How doth faith justify a sinner in the sight of God?
A. Faith justifies a sinner in the sight of God, not because of those other graces which do always accompany it, or of good works that are the fruits of it,[304] nor as if the grace of faith, or any act thereof, were imputed to him for his justification;[305] but only as it is an instrument by which he receiveth and applieth Christ and his righteousness.[306]

WCF 14.2

May 24, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith

2: By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein;[282] and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands,[283]trembling at the threatenings,[284] and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come.[285] 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.[286]

LC 72, SC 86

May 23, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 72. What is justifying faith?
A. Justifying faith is a saving grace,[297] wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit[298] and Word of God,[299] whereby he, being convinced of his sin and misery, and of the disability in himself and all other creatures to recover him out of his lost condition,[300] not only assenteth to the truth of the promise of the gospel,[301] but receiveth and resteth upon Christ and his righteousness, therein held forth, for pardon of sin,[302] and for the accepting and accounting of his person righteous in the sight of God for salvation.[303]

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace,[178] whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.[179]

WCF 14.1

May 22, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith

1: The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls,[278] is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts,[279] and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word,[280] by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.[281]