WCF 17.3

June 13, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints

3: 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;[339] and, for a time, continue therein:[340] whereby they incur God’s displeasure,[341] and grieve His Holy Spirit,[342] come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts,[343] have their hearts hardened,[344] and their consciences wounded;[345] hurt and scandalize others,[346] and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.[347]


WCF 17.2

June 12, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints

2: This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father;[334] upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ,[335] the abiding of the Spirit, and of the seed of God within them,[336] and the nature of the covenant of grace:[337] from all which arises also the certainty and infallibility thereof.[338]


LC 79

June 11, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 79. May not true believers, by reason of their imperfections, and the many temptations and sins they are overtaken with, fall away from the state of grace?
A. True believers, by reason of the unchangeable love of God,[342] and his decree and covenant to give them perseverance,[343] their inseparable union with Christ,[344] his continual intercession for them,[345] and the Spirit and seed of God abiding in them,[346] can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace,[347] but are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.[348]


WCF 17.1

June 10, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints

1: They, whom God has 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.[333]


WCF 16.7

June 9, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

7: 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:[327] yet, because they proceed not from an heart purified by faith;[328] nor are done in a right manner, according to the Word;[329] nor to a right end, the glory of God,[330] they are therefore sinful and cannot please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God:[331] and yet, their neglect of them is more sinful and displeasing unto God.[332]


WCF 16.6

June 8, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

6: Notwithstanding, the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in Him;[324] not as though they were in this life wholly unblamable and unreproveable in God’s sight;[325] but that He, looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections.[326]


WCF 16.5

June 7, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

5: 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,[320]but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants:[321] and because, as they are good, they proceed from His Spirit,[322] and as they are wrought by us, they are defiled, and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God’s judgment.[323]


WCF 16.4

June 6, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

4: They who, in their obedience, attain to the greatest height which is possibly 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.[319]


WCF 16.3

June 5, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

3: Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ.[316] And that they may be enabled thereunto, beside the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit, to work in them to will, and to do, of His good pleasure:[317] yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were 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.[318]


WCF 16.2

June 4, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 16: Of Good Works

2: These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith:[307] and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,[308] strengthen their assurance,[309] edify their brethren,[310] adorn the profession of the Gospel,[311] stop the mouths of the adversaries,[312] and glorify God,[313]whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto,[314]that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end, eternal life.[315]