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Monday, December 10, 2007

Second London Baptist Confession Study

Posted by Gabrielle

On Sunday evenings we attend a study of the Second London Baptist Confession held at the home of our friends, the Damings and led by two of our elders.
Last Sunday night (12/9) we studied point 2 of chapter seven, below:

Chapter 7: Of God's Covenant

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, wherein he freely offereth unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in him, that they may be saved; and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life, his Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.

After the elders, who are leading, read aloud the point we are studying that evening, people are selected at random to read aloud relevant verses. Some that were read with this point are:

Genesis 2: 17; Ezekiel 36: 26-27; Galatians 3: 18-22; Romans 3: 20-21 and John 3: 16.

Below are some notes that I took on the bold phrases in the text. They were phrases that we specially focused on.

' The curse of the law is death. When Adam sinned in the garden he brought all mankind under the curse, both physically and spiritually. Essentially, after that there was no hope for his posterity if Jesus had not come to make a way.

The covenant of grace was a one sided covenant, God covenanting with the other members of the Trinity- essentially himself. Basically, in a covenant the two or more parties covenanting agree to it and carry out their part. But we (man) cannot covenant with God. If we did and were able to fulfill our part that would make us equal with God which is the heart of Arminianism.

God freely offers salvation to everyone but only His elect will repent. He gives us the faith 'making us willing and able to believe.' 'John 6: 44- "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day."

Over all, we have enjoyed and look forward to many more Sunday evenings studying God's Holy Word and the Confession which our forefathers put together as a testimony to their and our faith.

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