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1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 2.2 The Sufficiency of God

The Text Romans 11:33–36 (CSB) 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? 35 And who has ever given to God, that he should be repaid? 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things....

January 25, 2023 · 26 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 2.1 The Attributes of God

The Text Psalm 97:9 (CSB) For you, LORD, are the Most High over the whole earth; you are exalted above all the gods. The Chapter The Lord our God is but one only living and true God; whose subsistence is in and of himself, infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and withal most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty....

January 11, 2023 · 50 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.10 The Infallibility of Holy Scripture

The Text Galatians 1:6–10 (CSB) I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him!...

November 16, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.9 The Interpretation of Holy Scripture

The Text 1 John 2:2 (CSB) He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. The Chapter 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 is not manifold, but one), it must be searched by other places that speak more clearly....

November 9, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.8 The Inspiration of God on Holy Scripture

The Text Psalms 119:72 (CSB) Instruction from your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. The Chapter The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), 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....

November 2, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.7 The Clarity of Holy Scripture for Salvation

The Text Luke 23:32–43 (CSB) 32 Two others—criminals—were also led away to be executed with him. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided his clothes and cast lots....

October 26, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.6 The Whole Counsel of God Within Scripture

The Text John 6:30–46 (CSB) 30 “What sign, then, are you going to do so that we may see and believe you?” they asked. “What are you going to perform? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” 32 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven....

October 19, 2022 · 15 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.5 The Inward Work of the Holy Spirit Concerning the Scriptures

The Text John 16:13 (CSB) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. And 1 Corinthians 2:10–12 (CSB) Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God....

September 21, 2022 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.4 The Authority of Holy Scripture

The Text Psalm 19 (CSB) 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their message has gone out to the whole earth, and their words to the ends of the world....

September 14, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: Chapter 1.3 The Apocrypha of Holy Scripture

The Text Luke 24:25-27 (CSB) He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures. The Chapter The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon or rule of the Scripture, and, therefore, are of no authority to the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved or made use of than other human writings....

June 15, 2022 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.2 The Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture

The Text 2 Timothy 3:16 - 4:5 (CSB) All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of his appearing and his kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching....

June 8, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1.1 Of the Holy Scriptures

The Text 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (CSB) Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually....

June 1, 2022 · 16 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith - Introduction and Resources

The Introduction I am brand new to Historical Christian Confessions. So why Confessional and why the Westminster Confession of Faith before settling on the 1689? To answer that is to give the long answer. I was born into a family with some of the most depraved men you’ll ever met married to some of the most Godly women you have ever met. My grandfather up and left my grandma to be with some other chick in Arizona....

May 25, 2022 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith With Scripture Proofs

Prelude Adopted by the Ministers and Messengers of the general assembly which met in London in 1689 Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures 1.1 The Holy Scriptures The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, 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 are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and his will which is necessary unto salvation....

May 18, 2022 · 126 min · Joseph Louthan