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THE BAPTIST CONFESSI= ON OF FAITH OF 1689
WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS

Put forth by the Elders and = Brethren of many Congregations of Christians
(baptized upon profession of their faith) in London and the Country.

"...for with the heart = man believes, resulting in righteousness,
and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
Romans 10:10


CONTENTS

CHAPTER TITLES
FOREWORD
THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH
ENDING STATEMENT AND SIGNATORIES


<= /a>CHAPTER TITLES

1. Of the Holy Scriptures
2. Of God and the Holy Trinity
3. Of God's Decree
4. Of Creation
5. Of Divine Providence
6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof
7. Of God's Covenant
8. Of Christ the Mediator
9. Of Free Will
10. Of Effectual Calling
11. Of Justification
12. Of Adoption
13. Of Sanctification
14. Of Saving Faith
15. Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation
16. Of Good Works
17. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
18. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
19. Of the Law of God
20. Of the Gospel and the Extent of Grace thereof
21. Of Christian Liberty and L= iberty of Conscience
22. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day
23. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
24. Of the Civil Magistrate
25. Of Marriage
26. Of the Church
27. Of the Communion of Saints
28. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
29. Of Baptism
30. Of the Lord's Supper
31. Of the State of Man after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
32. Of the Last Judgment


FOREW= ORD

     ‘I have thought it right to reprint in a cheap form this excellent list of doctrines, which were subscribed to by the Baptist Ministers in the year 1689.  We need a banner because of the truth; it may be that this small volume may aid the cause of the glorious gospel by testifying plainly what are its leading doctrines . . . May the L= ord soon restore unto His Zion a pure language, and may her watchmen see eye to eye.’  So wrote the young C.H. Spurgeon, then in the second year= of his ministry at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, in a preface addressed to All the Household of Faith, who rejoice in the glori= ous doctrines of Free Grace with which he prefixed this Confession when he published it in October, 1855.
     The Confession itself was first compiled by the El= ders and Brethren of many congregations of Christians, baptized upon their profession of faith, in London and the country (as they then described themselves) in the year 1677.  It was based upon, and drew its inspira= tion from the Confession drawn up by the Westminster Assembly of Divines a generation earlier, and indeed differs only from it in its teaching upon th= ose matters, such as baptism, the Lord's Supper, and church government, upon wh= ich among the Reformed churches the Baptists differ from the Presbyterians.&nbs= p; For fear of persecution, the compilers of the 1677 Confession did not subsc= ribe their names to it, but when, in September, 1689, following the Revolution of the previous year, the Ministers and Messengers of the churches were able to meet in more peaceful times, thirty-seven of them, including all the most eminent Baptist ministers of the day, set their names to the recommendation with which it was circulated among the churches.  Thereafter for betwe= en 150 and 200 years it remained the definitive Confession of Faith of the Particular (or Calvinistic) Baptist churches of england and Wales.
     Mr. Spurgeon did not, however, when he republished this Confession, merely preface it with certain words of general commendation.  He also addressed to his own church at New Park Street some practical word= s of advice as to how they should use the Confession.  These are still rele= vant today.
     ‘This little volume,’ he wrote, ‘= ;is not issued as an authoritative rule, or code of faith, whereby you are to be fettered, but as an assistance to you in controversy, a confirmation in fai= th, and a means of edification in righteousness.  Here the younger members= of our church will have a body of divinity in small compass, and by means of t= he scriptural proofs, will be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in t= hem.
     Be not ashamed of your faith; remember it is the a= ncient gospel of the martyrs, confessors, reformers, and saints.  Above all, = it is the truth of God, against which all the gates of Hell cannot prevail.&nb= sp; Let your lives adorn your faith, let your example adorn your creed.  A= bove all live in Christ Jesus, and walk in Him, giving credence to no teaching b= ut that which is manifestly approved of Him, and owned by the Holy Spirit.&nbs= p; Cleave fast to the Word of God which is here mapped out for you.’&nbs= p; This new edition of the Confession is sent out as a private venture by a sm= all group of Baptists who are convinced that it has a message for this generati= on and believe its publication to be long overdue.  They hope it will ach= ieve a wide circulation among the churches, and receive the close study which th= ey believe it will richly repay.
     In England during the 1630’s and the 1640’s Congregationalists and Baptist= s of Calvinistic persuasion emerged from the Church of England.  Their early existence was marked by repeated cycles of persecution at the hands of the established religion of crown and Parliament.  The infamous Clarendon = Code was adopted in the 1660’s to crush all dissent from the official reli= gion of the state.  Periods of rigorous application and intervals of relaxa= tion of these coercive acts haunted Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Bapti= sts alike.
     Presbyterians and Congregationalists suffered less than did Baptists under this harassment.  No little reason for their relative success in resisting government tyranny was their united front of doctrinal agreement.  All Presbyterians stood by their Westminster Confession of 1646.  Congregationalists adopted virtually the same articles of faith in the Savoy Confession of 1658.  Feeling their substantial unity with paedobaptists suffering = under the same cruel injustice, Calvinistic Baptists met to publish their substan= tial harmony with them in doctrine.
     A circular letter was sent to particular Baptist churches in England an= d Wales asking each assembly to send representatives to a meeting in London in 1677.  A confession consciously modeled after the Westminster Confession of Faith was approved and published.  It has ever since born the name of the Second London Confession.  The First London Confession= had been issued by seven Baptist congregations of London in 1644.  That first docume= nt had been drawn up to distinguish newly organized Calvinistic Baptists from the = Arminian Baptists and the Anabaptists.  Because = this second London Confession was drawn up in dark hours of oppression, it was issued anonymously.
     A preface to the original publication of 1677 says= in part: “. . . It is now many years since diverse of us . . . did conce= ive ourselves under a necessity of publishing a Confession of our Faith, for the information and satisfaction of those that did not thoroughly understand wh= at our principles were, of had entertained prejudices against our profession .= . . This was first put forth about the year 1643, in the  name of seven congregations then gathered in London . . .”  (These early Bapti= sts were conscious that the 1644 Calvinistic Baptist Confession predated the 16= 46 Presbyterian Confession and the 1658 Congregationalist Confession).
     “Forasmuch as this confession is not now commonly to be had; and also that many others have since embraced the same truth which is owned therein; it was judged necessary by us to join togethe= r in giving a testimony to the world of our firm adhering to those wholesome principles . . .”


THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH


CHAPTER 1

OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

Paragraph 1.  The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, a= nd infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience,1 although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and = His will which is necessary unto salvation.2  Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in diversified manners to reveal Himse= lf, and to declare (that) His will unto His church;3 and after= ward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more su= re 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 makes the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God's revealing His will unto His people being now completed.4
1 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isa. 8:20; Luke 16:29,31; Eph. 2:20
2 Rom. 1:19-21, 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1-3
3 Heb. 1:1
4 Prov. 22:19-21; Rom. 15:4; 2 Pet. 1:19,20

Paragraph 2. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God writte= n, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testaments, which are th= ese:

OF THE OLD TESTAMENT:
 

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel

1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Ester
Job
Psalms
Proverbs

Ecclesiastes
The Song of
  Solomon
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel

Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT:
 

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians

Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon

Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation

All of which are given by the inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life.5
5 2 Tim. 3:16

Paragraph 3. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon or rule of the Scripture, and, theref= ore, are of no authority to the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved = or made use of than other human writings.6
6 Luke 24:27,44; Rom. 3:2

Paragraph 4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to = be believed, depends not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly u= pon God (who is truth itself), the author thereof; therefore it is to be receiv= ed because it is the Word of God.7
7 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 John 5:9

Paragraph 5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church = of God to a high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures; and the heavenlin= ess of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, and the majesty of the style, = the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glor= y to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's salvation, and m= any other incomparable excellencies, and entire perfections thereof, are argume= nts whereby it does abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God; yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth,= and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.8
8 John 16:13,14; 1 Cor. 2:10-12; 1 John 2:20,27

Paragraph 6. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set dow= n or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture: unto which nothing at any time= is to be added, whether by new revelation of the Spirit, or traditions of men.= 9  Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God t= o be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word,10 and that there are some circumstances concerning t= he 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.11
9 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Gal. 1:8,9
10 John 6:45; 1 Cor. 2:9-12
11 1 Cor. 11:13,14; 1 Cor. 14:26,40

Paragraph 7. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, = nor alike clear unto all;12 yet those things which are necessa= ry 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.13
12 2 Pet. 3:16
13 Ps. 19:7; Psalm 119:130

Paragraph 8. 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 throu= gh patience and comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.19
14 Rom. 3:2
15 Isa. 8:20
16 Acts 15:15
17 John 5:39
18 1 Cor. 14:6,9,11,12,24,28
19 Col. 3:16

Paragraph 9. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which are not many, but one), it must be searc= hed by other places that speak more clearly.20
20 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Acts 15:15, 16

Paragraph 10. The supreme judge, by which all controversies of religion = are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Scripture delivered by the Spirit, into which Scripture so delivered, our faith is finally resolve= d.21
21 Matt. 22:29, 31, 32; Eph. 2:20; Acts 28:23


CHAPTER 2; OF GOD AND OF THE HOLY TRINITY

Paragraph 1. The Lord our God is but one only living and true God;1 whose subsistence is in and of Himself,2 infinite in being= and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;3 a most pure spirit,4 invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto;5 who is immutable,6 immens= e,7 eternal,8 incomprehensible, almighty,9 ev= ery way infinite, most holy,10 most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable = and most righteous will,11 for His own glory;12 most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him,13 and withal most just a= nd terrible in His judgments,14 hating all sin,15 and who will by no means clear the guilty.16
1 1 Cor. 8:4,6; Deut. 6:4
2 Jer. 10:10; Isa. 48:12
3 Exod. 3:14
4 John 4:24
5 1 Tim. 1:17; Deut. 4:15,16
6 Mal. 3:6
7 1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23
8 Ps. 90:2
9 Gen. 17:1
10 Isa. 6:3
11 Ps. 115:3; Isa. 46:10
12 Prov. 16:4; Rom. 11:36
13 Exod. 34:6,7; Heb. 11:6
14 Neh. 9:32,33
15 Ps. 5:5,6
16 Exod. 34:7; Nahum 1:2,3

Paragraph 2. God, having all life,17 glory,18 goodness,19 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,20 but only manifes= ting 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,21 and He hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleases;22 in His s= ight all things are open and manifest,23 His knowledge is infin= ite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain;24 He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works,25 and in all His commands; to = Him is due from angels and men, whatsoever worship,26 service,= or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is furth= er pleased to require of them.
17 John 5:26
18 Ps. 148:13
19 Ps. 119:68
20 Job 22:2,3
21 Rom. 11:34-36
22 Dan. 4:25,34,35
23 Heb. 4:13
24 Ezek. 11:5; Acts 15:18
25 Ps. 145:17
26 Rev. 5:12-14

Paragraph 3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy S= pirit,27 of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided:28 the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father;29 the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son;30 = all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divide= d in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties= and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all = our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on Him.
27 1 John 5:7; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14
28 Exod. 3:14; John 14:11; I Cor. 8:6
29 John 1:14,18
30 John 15:26; Gal. 4:6


CHAPTER 3

OF GOD’S DECREE

Paragraph 1. God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass;1 yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin nor hath fellowship with any therein;2 n= or is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established;3 in which appears His wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithful= ness in accomplishing His decree.4
1 Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:15,18
2 James 1:13; 1 John 1:5
3 Acts 4:27,28; John 19:11
4 Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5

Paragraph 2. Although God knoweth whatsoever= may or can come to pass, upon all supposed conditions,5 yet ha= th He not decreed anything, because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.6
5 Acts 15:18
6 Rom. 9:11,13,16,18

Paragraph 3. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, s= ome men and angels are predestinated, or foreordained to eternal life through J= esus Christ,7 to the praise of His glorious grace;8 others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the pr= aise of His glorious justice.9
7 I Tim. 5:21; Matt. 25:34
8 Eph. 1:5,6
9 Rom. 9:22,23; Jude 4

Paragraph 4. These angels and men thus predestinated and foreordained, a= re particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.10
10 2 Tim. 2:19; John 13:18

Paragraph 5. Those of mankind that are predestinated to life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, hath chosen = in Christ unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love,= 11 without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving Him thereunto.12
11 Eph. 1:4, 9, 11; Rom. 8:30; 2 Tim. 1:9; I Thess. 5:9
12 Rom. 9:13,16; Eph. 2:5,12

Paragraph 6. 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;13 wherefore they who are elected, being fallen = in Adam, are redeemed by Christ,14 are effectually called unto faith in Christ, by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopte= d, sanctified,15 and kept by His power through faith unto salvation;16 neither are any other redeemed by Christ, or effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.17
13 1 Pet. 1:2; 2; Thess. 2:13
14 1 Thess. 5:9, 10
15 Rom. 8:30; 2 Thess. 2:13
16 1 Pet. 1:5
17 John 10:26, 17:9, 6:64

Paragraph 7. The doctrine of the high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men attending the will of God revealed in His Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certa= inty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election;1= 8 so shall this doctrine afford matter of praise,19 reverenc= e, and admiration of God, and of humility,20 diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel.21
18 1 Thess. 1:4,5; 2 Pet. 1:10
19 Eph. 1:6; Rom. 11:33
20 Rom. 11:5,6,20
21 Luke 10:20


CHAPTER 4

OF CREATION

Paragraph 1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,1 for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power,2 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
1 John 1:2,3; Heb. 1:2; Job 26:13
2 Rom. 1:20
3 Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:31

Paragraph 2. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,4 with reasonable and immortal souls,5<= /strong> rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness= ;6 having the law of God written in their hearts,7 and power = to fulfill it, and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.8 4 Gen. 1:27
5 Gen. 2:7
6 Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 1;26
7 Rom. 2:14,15
8 Gen. 3:6

Paragraph 3. Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,9 which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.10
9 Gen. 2:17
10 Gen. 1:26,28


CHAPTER 5

OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Paragraph 1. God the good Creator of all things, in His infinite power a= nd wisdom does uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures and things,1 from the greatest even to the least,2 by His most wise and holy providence, to the end for the which they were created, according unto= His infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of His own wil= l; to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy.3
1 Heb. 1:3; Job 38:11; Isa. 46:10,11; Ps. 135:6
2 Matt. 10:29-31
3 Eph. 1;11

Paragraph 2. Although in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly;4= so that there is not anything befalls any by chance, or without His provide= nce;5 yet by the same providence He ordered them to fall out according to the nat= ure of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently.6
4 Acts 2:23
5 Prov. 16:33
6 Gen. 8:22

Paragraph 3. God, in his ordinary providence makes use of means,= 7 yet is free to work without,8 above,9 and against them10 at His pleasure.
7 Acts 27:31, 44; Isa. 55:10, 11
8 Hosea 1:7
9 Rom. 4:19-21
10 Dan. 3:27

Paragraph 4. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodn= ess of God, so far manifest themselves in His providence, that His determinate counsel extends itself even to the first fall, and all other sinful actions both of angels and men;11 and that not by a bare permissio= n, which also He most wisely and powerfully binds, and otherwise orders and governs,12 in a manifold dispensation to His most holy end= s;13 yet so, as the sinfulness of their acts proceeds only from the creatures, a= nd not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin.14
11 Rom. 11:32-34; 2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Chron. 21:1
12 2 Kings 19:28; Ps. 76:10
13 Gen. 1:20; Isa. 10:6,7,12
14 Ps. 1;21; 1 John 2:16

Paragraph 5. The most wise, righteous, and gracious God does often times leave for a season His own children to manifold temptations and the corrupt= ions of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hear= ts, that they may be humbled; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself; and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for other just and holy ends.15  So that whatsoever befalls any of His elect is by His appointment, for His glory, and their good.16
15 2 Chron. 32:25,26,31; 2 Cor. 12:7-9
16 Rom. 8:28

Paragraph 6. As for those wicked and ungodly men whom God, as the righte= ous judge, for former sin does blind and harden;17 from them He not only withholds His grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in t= heir understanding, and wrought upon their hearts;18 but someti= mes also withdraws the gifts which they had,19 and exposes the= m to such objects as their corruption makes occasion of sin;20 = and withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, a= nd the power of Satan,21 whereby it comes to pass that they harden themselves, under those means which God uses for the softening of ot= hers.22
17 Rom. 1;24-26,28, 11:7,8
18 Deut. 29:4
19 Matt. 13:12
20 Deut. 2:30; 2 Kings 8:12,13
21 Ps. 81:11,12; 2 Thess. 2:10-12
22 Exod. 8:15,32; Isa. 6:9,10; 1 Pet. 2:7,8

Paragraph 7. 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.23
23 1 Tim. 4:10; Amos 9:8,9; Isa. 43:3-5


CHAPTER 6

OF THE FALL OF MAN, OF SIN, = AND OF THE PUNISHMENT THEREOF

Paragraph 1. Although God created man upright and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, and threatened death upon the breach thereof,1 yet he did not long abide in this honor;  Satan using the subtlety of the serpent to subdue Eve, then by= her seducing Adam, who, without any compulsion, did willfully transgress the la= w of their creation, and the command given to them, in eating the forbidden frui= t,2 which God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel to permit, ha= ving purposed to order it to His own glory.
1 Gen. 2:16,17
2 Gen. 3:12,13; 2 Cor. 11:3

Paragraph 2. Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all:3 all becoming dead in sin,4 and whol= ly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.5<= br> 3 Rom. 3:23
4 Rom 5:12, etc.
5 Titus 1:15; Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-19

Paragraph 3. They being the root, and by God's appointment, standing in = the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrup= ted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation,6 being now conceived in sin,7= and by nature children of wrath,8 the servants of sin, the subjects of death,9 and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.10
6 Rom. 5:12-19; 1 Cor. 15:21,22,45,49
7 Ps. 51:5; Job 14:4
8 Eph. 2:3
9 Rom. 6:20, 5:12
10 Heb. 2:14,15; 1 Thess. 1:10

Paragraph 4. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to= all evil,11 do proceed all actual transgressions.12
11 Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21
12 James 1:14,15; Matt. 15:19

Paragraph 5. The corruption of nature, during this life, does remain in those that are regenerated;13 and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions there= of, are truly and properly sin.14
13 Rom. 7:18,23; Eccles. 7:20; 1 John 1:8
14 Rom. 7:23-25; Gal. 5:17


CHAPTER 7

OF GOD’S COVENANT

Paragraph 1. The distance between God and the creature is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience to Him as their creator, yet they could never have attained the reward of life but by some voluntary condescension on God's part, which He hath been pleased to express by way of covenant.1
1 Luke 17:10; Job 35:7,8

Paragraph 2. Moreover, man having brought himself under the curse of the= law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace,2 wherein He freely offers unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be saved;3 a= nd promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life, His H= oly Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.4
2 Gen. 2:17; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 3:20,21
3 Rom. 8:3; Mark 16:15,16; John 3:16;
4 Ezek. 36:26,27; John 6:44,45; Ps. 110:3

Paragraph 3. This covenant is revealed in the gospel; first of all to Ad= am in the promise of salvation by the seed of the woman,5 and afterwards by farther steps, until the full discovery thereof was completed= in the New Testament;6 and it is founded in that eternal cove= nant transaction that was between the Father and the Son about the redemption of= the elect;7 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 bless= ed immortality, man being now utterly incapable of acceptance with God upon th= ose terms on which Adam stood in his state of innocency.8
5 Gen. 3:15
6 Heb. 1:1
7 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2
8 Heb. 11;6,13; Rom. 4:1,2, &c.; Acts 4:12; John 8:56<= /p>


CHAPTER 8

OF CHRIST THE MEDIATOR

Paragraph 1. It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, according to the covenant made betwe= en them both, to be the mediator between God and man;1 the prophet,2 priest,3 = and king;4 head and savior of the church,5 the heir of all things,6 and judge of the world;7 unto whom He did from all eternity give a people to be His seed= and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified= .8
1 Isa. 42:1; 1 Pet. 1:19,20
2 Acts 3:22
3 Heb. 5:5,6
4 Ps. 2:6; Luke 1:33
5 Eph. 1:22,23
6 Heb. 1:2
7 Acts 17:31
8 Isa. 53:10; John 17:6; Rom. 8:30

Paragraph 2. The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being very and eternal God, the brightness of the Father's glory, of one substance and equal with Him who made the world, who upholds and governs all things He has made, did, when the fullness of time was complete, take upon Him man's nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities of it,9 yet without sin;10 being conceived by the Holy Spirit in t= he womb of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit coming down upon her: and the powe= r of the Most High overshadowing her; and so was made of a woman of the tribe of Judah, of the seed of Abraham and David according to the Scriptures;11 so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion; which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between = God and man.12
9 John 1:14; Gal. 4;4
10 Rom. 8:3; Heb. 2:14,16,17, 4:15
11 Matt. 1:22, 23
12 Luke 1:27,31,35; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 2:5

Paragraph 3. The Lord Jesus, in His human nature thus united to the divi= ne, in the person of the Son, was sanctified and anointed with the Holy Spirit above measure,13 having in Him all the treasures of wisdom= and knowledge;14 in whom it pleased the Father that all fullne= ss should dwell,15 to the end that being holy, harmless, undefiled,16 and full of grace and truth,17 He might be throughly furnished to execute the = office of mediator and surety;18 which office He took not upon himself, but was thereunto called by His Father;19 who also put all power and judgement in His hand, and ga= ve Him commandment to execute the same.20
13 Ps. 45:7; Acts 10:38; John 3:34
14 Col. 2:3
15 Col. 1:19
16 Heb. 7:26
17 John 1:14
18 Heb. 7:22
19 Heb. 5:5
20 John 5:22,27; Matt. 28:18; Acts 2;36

Paragraph 4. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake,21 which that He might discharge He was made under the law,22= and did perfectly fulfill it, and underwent the punishment due to us, which we should have born and suffered,23 being made sin and a curse for us;24 enduring most grievous sorrows in His soul, and = most painful sufferings in His body;25 was crucified, and died,= and remained in the state of the dead, yet saw no corruption:26 on the third day He arose from the dead27 with the same body = in which He suffered,28 with which He also ascended into heav= en,29 and there sits at the right hand of His Father making intercession,= 30 and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.31=
21 Ps. 40:7,8; Heb. 10:5-10; John 10:18
22 Gal 4:4; Matt. 3:15
23 Gal. 3:13; Isa. 53:6; 1 Pet. 3:18
24 2 Cor. 5:21
25 Matt. 26:37,38; Luke 22:44; Matt. 27:46
26 Acts 13:37
27 1 Cor. 15:3,4
28 John 20:25,27
29 Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11
30 Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24
31 Acts 10:42; Rom. 14:9,10; Acts 1:11; 2 Pet. 2:4

Paragraph 5. The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself, which He through the eternal Spirit once offered up to God, has fu= lly satisfied the justice of God,32 procured reconciliation, a= nd purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father has given unto Him.33
32 Heb. 9:14, 10:14; Rom. 3:25,26
33 John 17:2; Heb. 9:15

Paragraph 6. Although the price of redemption was not actually paid by Christ until after His incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefit thereof were communicated to the elect in all ages, successively from the beginning of the world, in and by those promises, types, and sacrifices whe= rein He was revealed, and signified to be the seed which should bruise the serpe= nt's head;34 and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the worl= d,35 being the same yesterday, and today and for ever.36
34 1 Cor. 4:10; Heb. 4:2; 1 Pet. 1:10, 11
35 Rev. 13:8
36 Heb. 13:8

Paragraph 7. Christ, in the work of mediation, acts according to both natures, by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; yet by reason= of the unity of the person, that which is proper to one nature is sometimes in Scripture, attributed to the person denominated by the other nature.37
37 John 3:13; Acts 20:28

Paragraph 8. To all those for whom Christ has obtained eternal redemptio= n, He does certainly and effectually apply and communicate the same, making intercession for them;38 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,39 governing their hea= rts by His Word and Spirit,40 and overcoming all their enemies= by His almighty power and wisdom,41 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.42
38 John 6:37, 10:15,16, 17:9; Rom. 5:10
39 John 17:6; Eph. 1:9; 1 John 5:20
40 Rom. 8:9,14
41 Ps. 110:1; 1 Cor. 15:25,26
42 John 3:8; Eph. 1:8

Paragraph 9. 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.= 43
43 Tim. 2:5

Paragraph 10. This number and order of offices is necessary; for in resp= ect of our ignorance, we stand in need of His prophetical office;44 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 accept= able unto God;45 and in respect to our averseness and utter inability to return to God, and for our rescue and security from our spirit= ual adversaries, we need His kingly office to convince, subdue, draw, uphold, deliver, and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom.46
44 John 1:18
45 Col. 1:21; Gal. 5:17
46 John 16:8; Ps. 110:3; Luke 1:74,75


CHAPTER 9

OF FREE WILL

Paragraph 1. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty and power of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced, nor by any necessit= y of nature determined to do good or evil.1
1 Matt. 17:12; James 1:14; Deut. 30:19

Paragraph 2. Man, in his state of innocency,= had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well-pleasing to God,2 but yet was unstable, so that he might fall from it.= 3
2 Eccles. 7:29
3 Gen. 3:6

Paragraph 3. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation;4 so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in si= n,5 is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.6
4 Rom. 5:6, 8:7
5 Eph. 2:1,5
6 Titus 3:3-5; John 6:44

Paragraph 4. When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the sta= te of grace, He frees him from his natural bondage under sin,7 and by His grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good;8 yet so as that by reason of his remaini= ng corruptions, he does not perfectly, nor only will, that which is good, but = does also will that which is evil.9
7 Col. 1:13; John 8:36
8 Phil. 2:13
9 Rom. 7:15,18,19,21,23

Paragraph 5. This will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to go= od alone in
the state of glory only.10
10 Eph. 4:13


CHAPTER 10

OF EFFECTUAL CALLING

Paragraph 1. Those whom God hath predestinated unto life, He is pleased = in His appointed, and accepted time, effectually to call,1 by= His Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ;2 enlighten= ing their minds spiritually and savingly to underst= and the things of God;3 taking away their heart of stone, and giving to them a heart of flesh;4 renewing their wills, an= d by His almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ;5 yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.6
1 Rom. 8:30, 11:7; Eph. 1:10,11; 2 Thess. 2:13,14
2 Eph. 2:1-6
3 Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:17,18
4 Ezek. 36:26
5 Deut. 30:6; Ezek. 36:27; Eph. 1:19
6 Ps. 110:3; Cant. 1:4

Paragraph 2. This effectual call is of God's free and special grace alon= e, not from anything at all foreseen in man, nor from any power or agency in t= he creature,7 being wholly passive therein, being dead in sins and trespasses, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit;8 he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered= and conveyed in it, and that by no less power than that which raised up Christ = from the dead.9
7 2 Tim. 1:9; Eph. 2:8
8 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:5; John 5:25
9 Eph. 1:19, 20

Paragraph 3. Elect infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit;10 who works when, and where, and how He pleases;11 so also are all elect persons, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.
10 John 3:3, 5, 6
11 John 3:8

Paragraph 4. Others not elected, although they may be called by the mini= stry of the Word, and may have some common operations of the Spirit,12 yet not being effectually drawn by the Father, they neither will nor can tr= uly come to Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:13 much less= can men that do not receive the Christian religion be saved; be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature and the law = of that religion they do profess.14
12 Matt. 22:14, 13:20,21; Heb 6:4,5
13 John 6:44,45,65; 1 John 2:24,25
14 Acts 4:12; John 4:22, 17:3


CHAPTER 11

OF JUSTIFICATION

Paragraph 1. Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies,= 1 not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous;2 not = for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone;3 not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ's active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for their whole and sole righteousness by faith,4 which faith they h= ave not of themselves; it is the gift of God.5
1 Rom. 3:24, 8:30
2 Rom. 4:5-8, Eph. 1:7
3 1 Cor. 1:30,31, Rom. 5:17-19
4 Phil. 3:8,9; Eph. 2:8-10
5 John 1:12, Rom. 5:17

Paragraph 2. Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification;6 = 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.7 6 Rom. 3:28
7 Gal.5:6, James 2:17,22,26

Paragraph 3. 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 God’s justice in their behal= f;8 yet, in as much as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience a= nd satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for anything in them,9 their justification is only of free grace, that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justifica= tion of sinners.10
8 Heb. 10:14; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Isa. 53:5,6
9 Rom. 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:21
10 Rom. 3:26; Eph. 1:6,7, 2:7

Paragraph 4. God did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect,<= strong>11 and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins, and rise again f= or their justification;12 nevertheless, they are not justified personally, until the Holy Spirit in time does actually apply Christ to the= m.13
11 Gal. 3:8, 1 Pet. 1:2, 1 Tim. 2:6
12 Rom. 4:25
13 Col. 1:21,22, Titus 3:4-7

Paragraph 5. God continues to forgive the sins of those that are justifi= ed,14 and although they can never fall from the state of justification,15= yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure;16 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.17
14 Matt. 6:12, 1 John 1:7,9
15 John 10:28
16 Ps. 89:31-33
17 Ps. 32:5, Ps. 51, Matt. 26:75

Paragraph 6. The justification of believers under the Old Testament was,= in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers un= der the New Testament.18
18 Gal. 3:9; Rom. 4:22-24


CHAPTER 12

OF ADOPTION

Paragraph 1. All those that are justified, God conferred, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adopti= on,1 by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privil= eges of the children of God,2 have his name put on them,3 receive the spirit of adoption,4 have access to the throne= of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father,5 are pitied,6 protected,7 provided for,8 and chastened by him as by a Father,9 yet never cast off,<= strong>10 but sealed to the day of redemption,11 and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.12
1 Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:4,5
2 John 1:12; Rom. 8:17
3 2 Cor. 6:18; Rev. 3:12
4 Rom. 8:15
5 Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18
6 Ps. 103:13
7 Prov. 14:26; 1 Pet. 5:7
8 Heb. 12:6
9 Isa. 54:8, 9
10 Lam. 3:31
11 Eph. 4:30
12 Heb. 1:14, 6:12


CHAPTER 13

OF SANCTIFICATION

Paragraph 1. They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection, are also farther sanctified, rea= lly and personally,1 through the same virtue, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them;2 the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,3 and the several lusts of it are more and more weakened and mortified,4 and they more and more quick= ened and strengthened in all saving graces,5 to the practice of= all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.6 1 Acts 20:32; Rom. 6:5,6
2 John 17:17; Eph. 3:16-19; 1 Thess. 5:21-23
3 Rom. 6:14
4 Gal. 5:24
5 Col. 1:11
6 2 Cor. 7:1; Heb. 12:14

Paragraph 2. This sanctification is throughout the whole man,7 yet imperfect in this life; there abides still some remnants of corruption = in every part,8 wherefrom arises a continual and irreconcilab= le war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh= .9
7 1 Thess. 5:23
8 Rom. 7:18, 23
9 Gal. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:11

Paragraph 3. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time = may much prevail,10 yet, through the continual supply of stren= gth from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome;11 and so the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, pressing after an heavenly life, in evangelical obedience to all the comman= ds which Christ as Head and King, in his Word has prescribed to them.1= 2
10 Rom. 7:23
11 Rom. 6:14
12 Eph. 4:15,16; 2 Cor. 3:18, 7:1


CHAPTER 14

OF SAVING FAITH

Paragraph 1. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believ= e to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hea= rts,1 and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word;2 by which also, and by the administration of baptism and the Lord's supper, pra= yer, and other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened.= 3
1 2 Cor. 4:13; Eph. 2:8
2 Rom. 10:14,17
3 Luke 17:5; 1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 20:32

Paragraph 2. By this faith a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word for the authority of God himself,4 an= d also apprehends an excellency therein above all other writings and all things in the world,5 as it bears forth t= he glory of God in his attributes, the excellency = of Christ in his nature and offices, and the power and fullness of the Holy Sp= irit in his workings and operations: and so is enabled to cast his soul upon the truth consequently believed;6 and also acts differently up= on that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to = the commands,7 trembling at the threatenings,8 and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come;<= strong>9 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.10
4 Acts 24:14
5 Ps. 19:7-10, 69:72
6 2 Tim. 1:12
7 John 15:14
8 Isa. 116:2
9 Heb. 11:13
10 John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Gal 2:20; Acts 15:11

Paragraph 3. This faith, although it be in different stages, and may be = weak or strong,11 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;12 and therefore, thou= gh it may be many times assailed and weakened, yet it gets the victory,13 growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ,14 who is both the author and finisher of our faith.15
11 Heb. 5:13,14; Matt. 6:30; Rom. 4:19,20
12 2 Pet. 1:1
13 Eph. 6:16; 1 John 5:4,5
14 Heb. 6:11,12; Col. 2:2
15 Heb. 12:2


CHAPTER 15

OF REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE AND SALVATION

Paragraph 1. Such of the elect that are converted at riper years, having sometime lived in the state of nature, and therein served divers pleasures,= God in their effectual calling gives them repentance to life.1=
1 Titus 3:2-5

Paragraph 2. Whereas there is none that does good and does not sin,2 and the best of men may, through the power and deceitfulness of their corruption dwelling in them, with the prevalency of temptation, fall in to great sins and provocations; God has, in the covenan= t of grace, mercifully provided that believers so sinning and falling be renewed through repentance unto salvation.3
2 Eccles. 7:20
3 Luke 22:31,32

Paragraph 3. This saving repentance is an evangelical grace,4 whereby a person, being by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold ev= ils of his sin, does, by faith in Christ, humble himself for it with godly sorr= ow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrancy,5 praying for pardon and strength of grace, with a purpose and endeavor, by supplies of the Spir= it, to walk before God unto all well-pleasing in all things.6<= br> 4 Zech. 12:10; Acts 11:18
5 Ezek. 36:31; 2 Cor. 7:11
6 Ps. 119:6,128

Paragraph 4. As repentance is to be continued through the whole course of our lives, upon the account of the body of death, and the motions thereof, = so it is every man’s duty to repent of his particular known sins particularly.7
7 Luke 19:8; 1 Tim. 1:13,15

Paragraph 5. Such is the provision which God has made through Christ in = the covenant of grace for the preservation of believers unto salvation, that although there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation,8 yet there is no sin so great that it shall bring damnation to them that rep= ent,9 which makes the constant preaching of repentance necessary.
8 Rom. 6:23
9 Isa. 1:16-18, 55:7


CHAPTER 16

OF GOOD WORKS

Paragraph 1. Good works are only such as God has commanded in his Holy W= ord,1 and not such as without the warrant thereof are devised by men out of blind zeal, or upon any pretense of good intentions.2
1 Mic. 6:8; Heb. 13:21
2 Matt. 15:9; Isa. 29:13

Paragraph 2. These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith;3 and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,4 streng= then their assurance,5 edify their brethren, adorn the professi= on of the gospel,6 stop the mouths of the adversaries, and gl= ory God,7 whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto,8 that having their fruit unto holiness they may have the end eternal life.9
3 James 2:18,22
4 Ps. 116:12,13
5 1 John 2:3,5; 2 Pet. 1:5-11
6 Matt. 5:16
7 1 Tim. 6:1; 1 Pet. 2:15; Phil. 1:11
8 Eph. 2:10
9 Rom 6:22

Paragraph 3. Their ability to do good works is not all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ;10 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;11 yet they are not bo= und to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion of the Spirit, but they o= ught to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.12
10 John 15:4,5
11 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 2:13
12 Phil. 2:12; Heb. 6:11,12; Isa. 64:7

Paragraph 4. They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height w= hich 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.13
13 Job 9:2, 3; Gal. 5:17; Luke 17:10

Paragraph 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 th= em 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 s= ins;14 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 Spir= it,15 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 God’s punishment.16
14 Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8,9; Rom. 4:6
15 Gal. 5:22,23
16 Isa. 64:6; Ps. 43:2

Paragraph 6. Yet notwithstanding the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in him;17 not as thought they were in this life wholly unblamabl= e and unreprovable in God’s sight, 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 imperfection.18
17 Eph. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:5
18 Matt. 25:21,23; Heb. 6:10

Paragraph 7. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of = them they may things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and = to others;19 yet because they proceed not from a heart purifi= ed by faith,20 nor are done in a right manner according to the Word,21 nor to a right end, the glory of God,22 they are therfore sinful, and cannot please God= , nor make a man meet to receive the grace from God,23 and yet t= heir neglect fo them is more sinful and displeasing = to God.24
19 2 Kings 10:30; 1 Kings 21:27,29
20 Gen. 4:5; Heb. 11:4,6
21 1 Cor. 13:1
22 Matt. 6:2,5
23 Amos 5:21,22; Rom. 9:16; Titus 3:5
24 Job 21:14,15; Matt. 25:41-43


CHAPTER 17

OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE&n= bsp; SAINTS

Paragraph 1. Those whom God has accepted in the beloved, effectually cal= led and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect unt= o, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved, seeing the gifts and callings of God are without repentance, from which source he still begets and nourishes in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit unto immortality;1 and though many st= orms and floods arise and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith they are fastened upon; notwithstanding, through unbelief and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of the light and love of God may for a time be clouded and obscured f= rom them,2 yet he is still the same, and they shall be sure to= be kept by the power of God unto salvation, where they shall enjoy their purch= ased possession, they being engraved upon the palm of his hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all eternity.3
1 John 10:28,29; Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 2:19; 1 John 2:19
2 Ps. 89:31,32; 1 Cor. 11:32
3 Mal. 3:6

Paragraph 2. This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own = free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election,4 flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father, upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ and union with him,<= strong>5 the oath of God,6 the abiding of his Spirit, and the seed = of God within them,7 and the nature of the covenant of grace;= 8 from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof.
4 Rom. 8:30, 9:11,16
5 Rom. 5:9, 10; John 14:19
6 Heb. 6:17,18
7 1 John 3:9
8 Jer. 32:40

Paragraph 3. And though they may, through the temptation of Satan and of= the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of means of their preservation, fall into grievous si= ns, and for a time continue therein,9 whereby they incur God's displeasure and grieve his Holy Spirit,10 come to have the= ir graces and comforts impaired,11 have their hearts hardened, and their consciences wounded,12 hurt and scandalize other= s, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves,13 yet shall = they renew their repentance and be preserved through faith in Christ Jesus to the end.14
9 Matt. 26:70,72,74
10 Isa. 64:5,9; Eph. 4:30
11 Ps. 51:10,12
12 Ps. 32:3,4
13 2 Sam. 12:14
14 Luke 22:32,61,62


CHAPTER 18

OF THE ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND SALVATION

Paragraph 1. Although temporary believers and other unregenerate men, may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being= in the favor of God and in a state of salvation, which hope of theirs shall perish;1 yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and = love him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all g= ood conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are = in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God,2 which hope shall never make them ashamed.3
1 Job 8:13,14; Matt. 7:22,23
2 1 John 2:3, 3:14,18,19,21,24, 5:13
3 Rom. 5:2,5

Paragraph 2. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope, but an infallible assurance of fa= ith,4 founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ revealed in the Gospel;5 and also upon the inward evidence of those graces of the Spirit unto which promises are made,6 and on the testimony of the Spirit of adoption, witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God;7 and, as a fruit thereof, keeping the heart both humble and holy.8
4 Heb. 6:11,19
5 Heb. 6:17,18
6 2 Pet. 1:4,5,10,11
7 Rom. 8:15,16
8 1 John 3:1-3

Paragraph 3. This infallible assurance does not so belong to the essence= of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and struggle with many difficulties before he be partaker of it;9 yet being enabl= ed by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of means, attain thereun= to:10 and therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure, that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace = and joy in the Holy Spirit, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assuranc= e;11 -so far is it from inclining men to looseness.12
9 Isa. 50:10; Ps. 88; Ps. 77:1-12
10 1 John 4:13; Heb. 6:11,12
11 Rom. 5:1,2,5, 14:17; Ps. 119:32
12 Rom. 6:1,2; Titus 2:11,12,14

Paragraph 4. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation di= vers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as by negligence in preserving of= it,13 by falling into some special sin which wounds the conscience and grieves the Spirit;14 by some sudden or vehement temptation,15= by God's withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such = as fear him to walk in darkness and to have no light,16 yet a= re they never destitute of the seed of God17 and life of fait= h,18 that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscienc= e of duty out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be revived,19 and by the which, in the meantime, they= are preserved from utter despair.20
13 Cant. 5:2,3,6
14 Ps. 51:8,12,14
15 Ps. 116:11; 77:7,8, 31:22
16 Ps. 30:7
17 1 John 3:9
18 Luke 22:32
19 Ps. 42:5,11
20 Lam. 3:26-31


CHAPTER 19

OF THE LAW OF GOD

Paragraph 1. 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;1 by which he bound him and all= his posterity to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience;2 promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of = it, and endued him with power and ability to keep it.3
1 Gen. 1:27; Eccles. 7:29
2 Rom. 10:5
3 Gal. 3:10,12

Paragraph 2. The same law that was first written in the heart of man continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness after the fall,4 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 s= ix, our duty to man.5
4 Rom. 2:14,15
5 Deut. 10:4

Paragraph 3. Besides this law, commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel ceremonial laws, containing several typical or= dinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits;6 and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties,7 all which ceremonial laws being appointed o= nly to the time of reformation, are, by Jesus Christ the true Messiah and only law-giver, who was furnished with power from the Father for that end abroga= ted and taken away.8
6 Heb. 10:1; Col. 2:17
7 1 Cor. 5:7
8 Col. 2:14,16,17; Eph. 2:14,16

Paragraph 4. To them also he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that people, not obliging any now by virtue of t= hat institution; their general equity only being of modern use.9
9 1 Cor. 9:8-10

Paragraph 5. The moral law does for ever bind all, as well justified per= sons as others, to the obedience thereof,10 and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority = of God the Creator, who gave it;11 neither does Christ in the Gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligation.12
10 Rom. 13:8-10; James 2:8,10-12
11 James 2:10,11
12 Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:31

Paragraph 6. Although true believers are not under the law as a covenant= of works, to be thereby justified or condemned,13 yet it is 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; discovering also the sinful pollutions of their natures, heart= s, and lives, so as examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against, sin;14 together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ and the perfection of his obedience; it is likewise of use to the regenerate to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin; and the threatenings of it serve to show what even their sins deserve, and what afflictions in t= his life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse and unallayed rigour thereof.=   The promises of it likewise show them God's approbation of obedience, and w= hat blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof, though not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works; so as man's doing good and refraini= ng from evil, because the law encourages to the one and deters from the other,= is no evidence of his being under the law and not under grace.15
13 Rom. 6:14; Gal. 2:16; Rom. 8:1, 10:4
14 Rom. 3:20, 7:7, etc.
15 Rom. 6:12-14; 1 Pet. 3:8-13

Paragraph 7. Neither are the aforementioned uses of the law contrary to = the grace of the Gospel, but do sweetly comply with it,16 the Spirit of Christ subduing and enabling the will of man to do that freely and cheerfully which the will of God, revealed in the law, requires to be done.= 17
16 Gal. 3:21
17 Ezek. 36:27


CHAPTER 20

OF THE GOSPEL AND OF THE EXT= ENT OF THE GRACE THEREOF

Paragraph 1. 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;1 in this promise the gospel, as to t= he substance of it, was revealed, and [is] therein effectual for the conversion and salvation of sinners.2
1 Gen. 3:15
2 Rev. 13:8

Paragraph 2. This promise of Christ, and salvation by him, is revealed o= nly by the Word of God;3 neither do the works of creation or providence, with the light of nature, make discovery of Christ, or of grace= by him, so much as in a general or obscure way;4 much less th= at men destitute of the revelation of Him by the promise or gospel, should be enabled thereby to attain saving faith or repentance.5
3 Rom. 1;17
4 Rom. 10:14,15,17
5 Prov. 29:18; Isa. 25:7; 60:2,3

Paragraph 3. The revelation of the gospel to sinners, made in divers tim= es and by sundry parts, with the addition of promises and precepts for the obedience required therein, as to the nations and persons to whom it is granted, is merely of the sovereign will and good pleasure of God;6= not being annexed by virtue of any promise to the due improvement of men's natural abilities, by virtue of common light received without it, which none ever made, or can do so;7 and therefore in all ages, the preaching of the gospel has been granted unto persons and nations, as to the extent or straitening of it, in great variety, according to the counsel of = the will of God.
6 Ps. 147:20; Acts 16:7
7 Rom. 1:18-32

Paragraph 4. Although the gospel be the only outward means of revealing Christ and saving grace, and is, as such, abundantly sufficient thereunto; = yet that men who are dead in trespasses may be born again, quickened or regenerated, there is moreover necessary an effectual insuperable work of t= he Holy Spirit upon the whole soul, for the producing in them a new spiritual life;8 without which no other means will effect their conversion unto God.9
8 Ps. 110:3; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 1:19,20
9 John 6:44; 2 Cor. 4:4,6


CHAPTER 21

OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY AND LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE

Paragraph 1. The liberty which Christ has purchased for believers under = the gospel, consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wra= th of God, the severity and curse of the law,1 and in their b= eing delivered from this present evil world,2 bondage to Satan,= 3 and dominion of sin,4 from the evil of afflictions,5 the fear and sting of death, the victory of the grave,6 and everlasting damnation:7 as also in their free access to Go= d, and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear,8 but a child-like love and willing mind.9 All which were co= mmon also to believers under the law for the substance of them;10 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 l= aw did ordinarily partake of.11
1 Gal. 3:13
2 Gal. 1:4
3 Acts 26:18
4 Rom. 8:3
5 Rom. 8:28
6 1 Cor. 15:54-57
7 2 Thess. 1:10
8 Rom. 8:15;
9 Luke 1:73-75; 1 John 4:18
10 Gal. 3;9,14
11 John 7:38,39; Heb. 10:19-21

Paragraph 2. God alone is Lord of the conscience,12 and= has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in any th= ing contrary to his word, or not contained in it.13  So t= hat to believe such doctrines, or obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience;14 and the requiring of = an implicit faith, an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience and reason also.15
12 James 4:12; Rom. 14:4
13 Acts 4:19,29; 1 Cor. 7:23; Matt. 15:9
14 Col. 2:20,22,23
15 1 Cor. 3:5; 2 Cor. 1:24

Paragraph 3. They who upon pretence of Christian liberty do practice any sin, or cherish any sinful lust, as they do thereby pervert the main design= of the grace of the gospel to their own destruction,16 so they wholly destroy the end of Christian liberty, which is, that being delivered= out of the hands of all our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righeousness before Him, all the d= ays of our lives.17
16 Rom. 6:1,2
17 Gal. 5:13; 2 Pet. 2:18,21


CHAPTER 22

OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AND THE= SABBATH DAY

Paragraph 1. The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lord= ship and sovereignty over all; is just, good and does good to all; and is theref= ore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all= the heart and all the soul, and with all the might.1  But= the acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by himself,2 and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imagination and devices of men, nor the suggestions of Sat= an, under any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the H= oly Scriptures.3
1 Jer. 10:7; Mark 12:33
2 Deut. 12:32
3 Exod. 20:4-6

Paragraph 2. Religious worship is to be given to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to him alone;4 not to angels, saints, or = any other creatures;5 and since the fall, not without a mediat= or,6 nor in the mediation of any other but Christ alone.7
4 Matt. 4:9,10; John 6:23; Matt. 28:19
5 Rom. 1:25; Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10
6 John 14:6
7 1 Tim. 2:5

Paragraph 3. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one part of natural worshi= p, is by God required of all men.8  But that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son,9 by the help of the Spir= it,10 according to his will;11 with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and when with others, in= a known tongue.12
8 Ps. 95:1-7, 65:2
9 John 14:13,14
10 Rom. 8:26
11 1 John 5:14
12 1 Cor. 14:16,17

Paragraph 4. Prayer is to be made for things lawful, and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter;13 but not for the dead,14 nor for those of whom it may be known that they ha= ve sinned the sin unto death.15
13 1 Tim. 2:1,2; 2 Sam. 7:29
14 2 Sam. 12:21-23
15 1 John 5:16

Paragraph 5. The reading of the Scriptures,16 preaching, and hearing the Word of God,17 teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our he= arts to the Lord;18 as also the administration of baptism,19 and the Lord's supper,20 are all parts of religious worshi= p of God, to be performed in obedience to him, with understanding, faith, revere= nce, and godly fear; moreover, solemn humiliation, with fastings,21 and thanksgivings, upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy and religious manner.22
16 1 Tim. 4:13
17 2 Tim. 4:2; Luke 8:18
18 Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19
19 Matt. 28:19,20
20 1 Cor. 11:26
21 Esther 4:16; Joel 2:12
22 Exod. 15:1-19, Ps. 107

Paragraph 6. Neither prayer nor any other part of religious worship, is = now under the gospel, tied unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which = it is performed, or towards which it is directed; but God is to be worshipped everywhere in spirit and in truth;23 as in private familie= s24 daily,25 and in secret each one by himself;26 so more solemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly nor wilfully to be neglected or forsaken, when God by his= word or providence calls thereunto.27
23 John 4:21; Mal. 1:11; 1 Tim. 2:8
24 Acts 10:2
25 Matt. 6:11; Ps. 55:17
26 Matt. 6:6
27 Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:42

Paragraph 7. As it is the law of nature, that in general a proportion of time, by God's appointment, be set apart for the worship of God, so by his Word, in a positive moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men, in a= ll ages, he has particularly appointed one day in seven for a sabbath to be kept holy unto him,28 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, which is called the Lord's Day:29 and is to be continued to the end= of the world as the Christian Sabbath, the observation of the last day of the = week being abolished.
28 Exod. 20:8
29 1 Cor. 16:1,2; Acts 20:7; Rev. 1:10

Paragraph 8. The sabbath is then kept holy u= nto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering the= ir 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,30 but are also taken up the wh= ole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties = of necessity and mercy.31
30 Isa. 58:13; Neh. 13:15-22
31 Matt. 12:1-13


CHAPTER 23

OF LAWFUL OATHS AND VOWS

Paragraph 1. 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,1 and to judge him according to the truth or falseness thereof.2
1 Exod. 20:7; Deut. 10:20; Jer. 4:2
2 2 Chron. 6:22, 23

Paragraph 2. The name of God only is that by which men ought to swear; a= nd therein it is to be used, with all holy fear and reverence; therefore to sw= ear vainly or rashly by that glorious and dreadful name, or to swear at all by = any other thing, is sinful, and to be abhorred;3 yet as in mat= ter of weight and moment, for confirmation of truth, and ending all strife, an = oath is warranted by the word of God;4 so a lawful oath being imposed by lawful authority in such matters, ought to be taken.5
3 Matt. 5:34,37; James 5:12
4 Heb. 6:16; 2 Cor. 1:23
5 Neh. 13:25

Paragraph 3. Whosoever takes an oath warranted by the word of God, ought duly to consider the weightiness of so solemn an act, and therein to avouch nothing but what he knows to be truth; for that by rash, false, and vain oa= ths, the Lord is provoked, and for them this land mourns.6
6 Lev. 19:12; Jer. 23:10

Paragraph 4. An oath is to be taken in the plain and common sense of the words, without equivocation or mental reservation.7
7 Ps. 24:4

Paragraph 5. A vow, which is not to be made to any creature, but to God alone, is to be made and performed with all religious care and faithfulness= ;8 but popish monastical vows of perpetual single = life,9 professed poverty,10 and regular obedience, are so far from being degrees of higher perfection, that they are superstitious and sinful snares, in which no Christian may entangle himself.11
8 Ps. 76:11; Gen. 28:20-22
9 1 Cor. 7:2,9
10 Eph. 4:28
11 Matt. 19:1


CHAPTER 24

OF THE CIVIL MAGISTRATE

Paragraph 1. God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, has ordain= ed civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, for his own glory and t= he public good; and to this end has armed them with the power of the sword, fo= r defence and encouragement of them that do good, and f= or the punishment of evil doers.1
1 Rom. 13:1-4

Paragraph 2. It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the offic= e of a magistrate when called thereunto; in the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain justice and peace,2 according to the wholesome laws of each kingdom and commonwealth, so for that end they may lawfully now, under the New Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions.3
2 2 Sam. 23:3; Ps. 82:3,4
3 Luke 3:14

Paragraph 3. Civil magistrates being set up by God for the ends aforesai= d; subjection, in all lawful things commanded by them, ought to be yielded by = us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but for conscience’ sake;4 and we ought to make supplications and prayers for kings and all that are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.5
4 Rom. 13:5-7; 1 Pet. 2:17
5 1 Tim. 2:1,2


CHAPTER 25

OF MARRIAGE

Paragraph 1. 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 mo= re than one husband at the same time.1
1 Gen. 2:24; Mal. 2:15; Matt. 19:5,6

Paragraph 2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wi= fe,2 for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue,3 and = the preventing of uncleanness.4
2 Gen. 2:18
3 Gen. 1:28
4 1 Cor. 7:2,9

Paragraph 3. It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent;5 yet it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord;6 and therefore such as pr= ofess the true religion, should not marry with infidels, or idolaters; neither sh= ould such as are godly, be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked = in their life, or maintain damnable heresy.7
5 Heb. 13:4; 1 Tim. 4:3
6 1 Cor. 7:39
7 Neh. 13:25-27

Paragraph 4. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinit= y or affinity, forbidden in the Word;8 nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful, by any law of man or consent of parties, so = as those persons may live together as man and wife.9
8 Lev. 18
9 Mark 6:18; 1 Cor. 5:1


CHAPTER 26

OF THE CHURCH

Paragraph 1. The catholic or universal church, which (with respect to the internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace) may be called invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ, the head thereof; and is the spouse, the b= ody, the fulness of him that fills all in all.1
1 Heb. 12:23; Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:10,22,23, 5:23,27,32

Paragraph 2. All persons throughout the world, professing the faith of t= he 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;2 and of such ought all particular congregations to be constituted.3
2 1 Cor. 1:2; Acts 11:26
3 Rom. 1:7; Eph. 1:20-22

Paragraph 3. The purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture and error;4 and some have so degenerated as to become no churc= hes of Christ, but synagogues of Satan;5 nevertheless Christ always has had, and ever shall have a kingdom in this world, to the end thereof, of such as believe in him, and make profession of his name.6
4 1 Cor. 5; Rev. 2,3
5 Rev. 18:2; 2 Thess. 2:11,12
6 Matt. 16:18; Ps. 72:17, 102:28; Rev. 12:17

Paragraph 4. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, orde= r or government of the church, is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner;7 neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself in t= he church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall dest= roy with the brightness of his coming.8
7 Col. 1:18; Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 4:11,12
8 2 Thess. 2:2-9

Paragraph 5. In the execution of this power wherewith he is so intrusted, the Lord Jesus calls out of the world unto himself, through the ministry of his word, by his Spirit, those that are gi= ven unto him by his Father,9 that they may walk before him in = all the ways of obedience, which he prescribes to them in his word.10  Those thus called, he commands to walk together in particular societies, or churches, for their mutual edification, and the due performance of that pub= lic worship, which he requires of them in the world.11
9 John 10:16; John 12:32
10 Matt. 28:20
11 Matt. 18:15-20

Paragraph 6. The members of these churches are saints by calling, visibly manifesting and evidencing (in and by their profession and walking) their obedience unto that call of Christ;12 and do willingly con= sent to walk together, according to the appointment of Christ; giving up themsel= ves to the Lord, and one to another, by the will of God, in professed subjectio= n to the ordinances of the Gospel.13
12 Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2
13 Acts 2:41,42, 5:13,14; 2 Cor. 9:13

Paragraph 7. To each of these churches therefore gathered, according to = his mind declared in his word, he has given all that power and authority, which= is in any way needful for their carrying on that order in worship and discipli= ne, which he has instituted for them to observe; with commands and rules for the due and right exerting, and executing of that power.14
14 Matt. 18:17, 18; 1 Cor. 5:4, 5, 5:13, 2 Cor. 2:6-8

Paragraph 8. A particular church, gathered and completely organized according to the mind of Christ, consists of officers and members; and the officers appointed by Christ to be chosen and set apart by the church (so called and gathered), for the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty, which he intrusts t= hem with, or calls them to, to be continued to the end of the world, are bishop= s or elders, and deacons.15
15 Acts 20:17, 28; Phil. 1:1

Paragraph 9. 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;16 and solemnly set apart by fasting and prayer, wi= th imposition of hands of the eldership of the church, if there be any before constituted therein;17 and of a deacon that he be chosen by the like suffrage, and set apart by prayer, and the like imposition of hand= s.18
16 Acts 14:23
17 1 Tim. 4:14
18 Acts 6:3,5,6

Paragraph 10. The work of pastors being constantly to attend the service= of Christ, in his churches, in the ministry of the word and prayer, with watch= ing for their souls, as they that must give an account to Him;19 it is incumbent on the churches to whom they minister, not only to give them all due respect, but also to communicate to them of all their good things according to their ability,20 so as they may have a comfortable supply, without being themselves entangled in secular affairs;<= strong>21 and may also be capable of exercising hospitality towards others;22= and this is required by the law of nature, and by the express order of our = Lord Jesus, who has ordained that they that preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.23
19 Acts 6:4; Heb. 13:17
20 1 Tim. 5:17,18; Gal. 6:6,7
21 2 Tim. 2:4
22 1 Tim. 3:2
23 1 Cor. 9:6-14

Paragraph 11. Although it be incumbent on the bishops or pastors of the churches, to be instant in preaching the word, by way of office, yet the wo= rk of preaching the word is not so peculiarly confined to them but that others also gifted and fitted by the Holy Spirit for it, and approved and called by the church, may and ought to perform it.24
24 Acts 11:19-21; 1 Pet. 4:10,11

Paragraph 12. 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.25
25 1 Thess. 5:14; 2 Thess. 3:6,14,15

Paragraph 13. No church members, upon any offence taken by them, having performed their duty required of them towards the person they are offended = at, ought to disturb any church-order, or absent themselves from the assemblies= of the church, or administration of any ordinances, upon the account of such offence at any of their fellow members, but to wait upon Christ, in the fur= ther proceeding of the church.26
26 Matt. 18:15-17; Eph. 4:2,3

Paragraph 14. As each church, and all the members of it, are bound to pr= ay continually for the good and prosperity of all the churches of Christ,27 in all places, and upon all occasions to further every one within the bound= s of their places and callings, in the exercise of their gifts and graces, so the churches, when planted by the providence of God, so as they may enjoy opportunity and advantage for it, ought to hold communion among themselves,= for their peace, increase of love, and mutual edification.28 27 Eph. 6:18; Ps. 122:6
28 Rom. 16:1,2; 3 John 8-10

Paragraph 15. In cases of difficulties or differences, either in point of doctrine or administration, wherein either the churches in general are concerned, or any one church, in their peace, union, and edification; or any member or members of any church are injured, in or by any proceedings in ce= nsures not agreeable to truth and order: it is according to the mind of Christ, th= at many churches holding communion together, do, by their messengers, meet to consider, and give their advice in or about that matter in difference, to be reported to all the churches concerned;29 howbeit these messengers assembled, are not intrusted with any church-power properly so called; or with any jurisdiction over the churches themselves, to exercise any censures either over any churches or persons; o= r to impose their determination on the churches or officers.30<= br> 29 Acts 15:2,4,6,22,23,25
30 2 Cor. 1:24; 1 John 4:1


CHAPTER 27

OF THE COMMUNION OF THE SAIN= TS

Paragraph 1. 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;1  and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces,2 and are obliged to the performance of s= uch duties, public and private, in an orderly way, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.3
1 1 John 1:3; John 1:16; Phil.= 3:10; Rom. 6:5,6
2 Eph. 4:15,16; 1 Cor. 12:7; 3:21-23
3 1 Thess. 5:11,14; Rom. 1:12; 1 John 3:17,18; Gal. 6:10

Paragraph 2. 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;4 as also in relieving each other in outward things according to their several abilities, and necessities;5 which communion, according to the rule of the gospel, though especially to be exercised by them, in the relation wher= ein they stand, whether in families,6 or churches,7 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 Jes= us; 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.8
4 Heb. 10:24,25, 3:12,13
5 Acts 11:29,30
6 Eph. 6:4
7 1 Cor. 12:14-27
8 Acts 5:4; Eph. 4:28


CHAPTER 28

OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD̵= 7;S SUPPER

Paragraph 1. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of positive and sovereign institution, appointed by the Lord Jesus, the only lawgiver, to be continued in his church to the end of the world.1
1 Matt. 28:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:26

Paragraph 2. These holy appointments are to be administered by those only who are qualified and thereunto called, according to the commission of Chri= st.2
2 Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 4:1


CHAPTER 29

OF BAPTISM

Paragraph 1. Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by J= esus 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;3 of remission of sins;4 and of giving up into God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.5
3 Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Gal. 3:27
4 Mark 1:4; Acts 22:16
5 Rom. 6:4

Paragraph 2. Those who do actually profess repentance towards God, faith= in, and obedience to, our Lord Jesus Christ, are the only proper subjects of th= is ordinance.6
6 Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36,37, 2:41, 8:12, 18:8

Paragraph 3. 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.7
7 Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38

Paragraph 4. Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary = to the due administration of this ordinance.8
8 Matt. 3:16; John 3:23


CHAPTER 30

OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Paragraph 1. The supper of the Lord Jesus was instituted by him the same night wherein he was betrayed, to be observed in his churches, unto the end= of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and showing to all the world the sacrifice of himself in his death,1 confirmation of the fa= ith of believers in all the benefits thereof, their spiritual nourishment, and growth in him, their further engagement in, and to all duties which they ow= e to him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with him, and with each other.2
1 1 Cor. 11:23-26
2 1 Cor. 10:16,17,21

Paragraph 2. In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to his Father, n= or any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sin of the quick or dead, b= ut only a memorial of that one offering up of himself by himself upon the cros= s, once for all;3 and a spiritual oblation of all possible pr= aise unto God for the same.4  So that the popish sacrifice= of the mass, as they call it, is most abominable, injurious to Christ's own sacrifice the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect.
3 Heb. 9:25,26,28
4 1 Cor. 11:24; Matt. 26:26,27

Paragraph 3. The Lord Jesus hath, in this ordinance, appointed his minis= ters 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 communica= nts.5
5 1 Cor. 11:23-26, etc.

Paragraph 4. The denial of the cup to the people, worshipping the elemen= ts, the lifting them up, or carrying them about for adoration, and reserving th= em for any pretended religious use, are all contrary to the nature of this ordinance, and to the institution of Christ.6
6 Matt. 26:26-28, 15:9, Exod. 20:4,5

Paragraph 5. The outward elements in this ordinance, duly set apart to t= he use ordained by Christ, have such relation to him crucified, as that truly, although in terms used figuratively, they are sometimes called by the names= of the things they represent, in other words, the body and blood of Christ,7 albeit, in substance and nature, they still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they were before.8
7 1 Cor. 11:27
8 1 Cor. 11:26-28

Paragraph 6. That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of = bread and wine, into the substance of Christ's body and blood, commonly called transubstantiation, by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant not to Scripture alone,9 but even to common sense and reason, overthrows the nature of the ordinance, and has been, and is, t= he cause of manifold superstitions, yea, of gross idolatries.10
9 Acts 3:21; Luke 14:6,39
10 1 Cor. 11:24,25

Paragraph 7. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elemen= ts in this ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet n= ot carnally and corporally, but spiritually receive, and feed upon Christ crucified, and all the benefits of his death; the body and blood of Christ being then not corporally or carnally, but spiritually present to the faith= of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to their outward senses.11
11 1 Cor. 10:16, 11:23-26

Paragraph 8. 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;12 yea, whosoever shall receive unworthily, are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgment to themselves.13
12 2 Cor. 6:14,15
13 1 Cor. 11:29; Matt. 7:6


CHAPTER 31

OF THE STATE OF MAN AFTER DEATH, AND OF THE RESURRECTI= ON OF THE DEAD

Paragraph 1. The bodies of men after death return to dust, and see corruption;1 but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them.2  The souls of the righteous being then made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise, where they are with Christ, and behold the face of God in li= ght and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies;3 and the souls of the wicked are cast into hell; where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day;4 besides these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Script= ure acknowledgeth none.
1 Gen. 3:19; Acts 13:36
2 Eccles. 12:7
3 Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:1,6,8; Phil. 1:23; Heb. 12:23
4 Jude 6, 7; 1 Peter 3:19; Luke 16:23,24

Paragraph 2. At the last day, such of the saints as are found alive, sha= ll not sleep, but be changed;5 and all the dead shall be rais= ed up with the selfsame bodies, and none other;6 although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever.7
5 1 Cor. 15:51,52; 1 Thess. 4:17
6 Job 19:26,27
7 1 Cor. 15:42,43

Paragraph 3. The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just, by= his Spirit, unto honour, and be made conformable to= his own glorious body.8
8 Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29; Phil. 3:21


CHAPTER 32

OF THE LAST JUDGMENT

Paragraph 1. God has appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in righteousness, by Jesus Christ;1 to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father; in which day, not only the apostate angels shall be judged,2 but likewise all persons that have lived= upon the earth shall appear before the tribunal of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds, and to receive according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.3
1 Acts 17:31; John 5:22,27
2 1 Cor. 6:3; Jude 6
3 2 Cor. 5:10; Eccles. 12:14; Matt. 12:36; Rom. 14:10,12; Matt. 25:32-46

Paragraph 2. The end of God's appointing this day, is for the manifestat= ion 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;4 for then shall the righteous go into everlas= ting 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 i= nto everlasting torments,5 and punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power= .6
4 Rom. 9:22,23
5 Matt. 25:21,34; 2 Tim. 4:8
6 Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:48; 2 Thess. 1:7-10

Paragraph 3. As Christ would have us to be certainly persuaded that there shall be a day of judgment, both to deter all men from sin,7 and for the greater consolation of the godly in their adversity,8 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 Lo= rd will come,9 and may ever be prepared to say, Come Lord Jes= us; come quickly.10  Amen.
7 2 Cor. 5:10,11
8 2 Thess. 1:5-7
9 Mark 13:35-37; Luke 12:35-40
10 Rev. 22:20


ENDING STATEMENT AND SIGNATORIES

     We the MINISTERS, and MESSENGERS of, and concer= ned for upwards of, one hundred BAPTIZED CHURCHES, in England and Wales (denyin= g Arminianisim), being met together in London, from the= third of the seventh month to the eleventh of the same, 1689, to consider of some things that might be for the glory of God, and the good of these congregati= ons, have thought meet (for the satisfaction of all other Christians that differ from us in the point of Baptism) to recommend to their perusal the confessi= on of our faith, which confession we own, as containing the doctrine of our fa= ith and practice, and do desire that the members of our churches respectively do furnish themselves therewith.

Hansard Knollys,= Pastor Broken Wharf, London
William Kiffin, Pastor Devonshire-square, Londo= n
John Harris, Pastor, Joiner's Hall, London
William Collins, Pastor, Petty France, London
Hurcules Collins, Pastor, = Wapping, London
Robert Steed, Pastor, Broken Wharf, London
Leonard Harrison,Pastor, L= imehouse, London
George Barret, Pastor, Mile End Green, London Isaac Lamb, Pastor, Pennington-street, London
Richard Adams, Minister, Shad Thames, Southwark=
Benjamin Keach, Pastor, Horse-lie-down, Southwark
Andrew Gifford, Pastor, Bristol, Fryars, Som. &= amp; Glouc.
Thomas Vaux, Pastor, Broadmead, Som. & Glouc.
Thomas Winnel, Pastor, Taunton, Som. & Glouc.
James Hitt, Preacher, Dalw= ood, Dorset
Richard Tidmarsh, Minister, Oxford City, Oxon William Facey, Pastor, Reading, Berks
Samuel Buttall, Minister, Plymouth, Devon
Christopher Price, Minister, Abergayenny, Monmo= uth
Daniel Finch, Minister, Kingsworth, Herts
John Ball,  Minister, Tiverton, Devon
Edmond White, Pastor, Evershall, Bedford
William Prichard, Pastor, Blaenau, Monmouth
Paul Fruin, Minister, Warwick, Warwick
Richard Ring, Pastor, Southhampton, Hants
John Tomkins, Minister, Abingdon, Berks
Toby Willes, Pastor, Bridgewater, Somerset
John Carter, Pastor, Steventon, Bedford
James Webb, Pastor, Devizes, Wilts
Richard Sutton, Pastor, Tring, Herts
Robert Knight, Pastor, Stukeley, Bucks
Edward Price, Pastor, Hereford City, Hereford
William Phipps, Pastor, Exon, Devon
William Hawkins, Pastor, Dimmock, Gloucester
Samuel Ewer, Pastor, Hemstead, Herts
Edward Man, Pastor, Houndsditch, London
Charles Archer, Pastor, Hock-Norton, Oxon
     In the name of and on the behalf of the whole assembly.