Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Second London Baptist Confession

Chapter 20 - The Gospel and Its Gracious Extent

20.1 AS the covenant of works was broken by man's sin and was unable to confer life, God in His mercy promised to send Christ, who would be woman-born; and by means of the promise the elect would be called, and faith and repentance wrought in their hearts. In this promise the very substance of the gospel was revealed as the effectual means for the conversion and salvation of sinners. Gen. 3:15; Rev. 7:9. [Pastor’s note: Recall that the idea of a “covenant of works” has very slight biblical support. It is better to think in terms of the biblical narrative itself. Nevertheless, the basic idea of this statement is correct.]

20.2 This promise of Christ and of salvation by Him is revealed to men by the Word of God alone. Neither the works of creation and providence, nor the light of nature, reveal Christ and His grace to men, not even in a general or obscure way; much less is it possible by their means for men who lack the revelation of Christ by the promise of the gospel to attain to saving faith or repentance. Prov. 29:18; Isa. 25:7; 60:2,3; Rom. 1:17; 10:14,15,17. [Pastor’s note: Excellent! Very Important!]

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