Westminster Confession of Faith

I. Of the Holy Scripture

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; 1Rom. 2:14–15, Rom. 1:19–20, Ps. 19:1–3, Rom. 1:32, Rom. 2:1 yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is […]

XXIV. Of Marriage and Divorce

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 more than one husband, at the same time. 30Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:5–6, Prov. 2:17 2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife, […]

XXV. Of the Church

The catholic or universal Church, which is 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 body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. 44Eph. 1:10, 22–23, Eph. 5:23,27,32, Col. 1:18 2. The […]

XXVI. Of the Communion of Saints

All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with Him in His grace, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: 591 John 1:3, Eph. 3:16–19, John 1:16, Eph. 2:5–6, Phil. 3:10, Rom. 6:5–6, 2 Tim. 2:12 and, being united to one another in love, they have communion […]

XXVII. Of the Sacraments

Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, 66Rom. 4:11, Gen. 17:7,10 immediately instituted by God, 67Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:23 to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: 681 Cor. 10:16, 1 Cor. 11:25–26, Gal. 3:27, Gal. 3:17 as also, to put a visible difference between […]

XXVIII. Of Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament of the new testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, 77Matt. 28:19 not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church; 781 Cor. 12:13 but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, 79Rom. 4:11, Col. 2:11–12 of his ingrafting into Christ, […]

XXXIII. Of the Last Judgment

God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world, in righteousness, by Jesus Christ, 96Acts 17:31 to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father. 97John 5:22,27 In which day, not only the apostate angels shall be judged, 981 Cor. 6:3, Jude 6, 2 Pet. 2:4 but likewise all persons that […]

XXXII. Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead

The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, and see corruption: 103Gen. 3:19, Acts 13:36 but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them: 104Luke 23:43, Eccl. 12:7 the souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest […]

XXXI. Of Synods and Councils

For the better government, and further edification of the Church, there ought to be such assemblies as are commonly called Synods or Councils; 111Acts 15:2,4,6 and it belongeth to the overseers and other rulers of the particular churches, by virtue of their office, and the power which Christ hath given them for edification and not […]

XXX. Of Church Censures

The Lord Jesus, as King and Head of His Church, hath therein appointed a government, in the hand of Church officers, distinct from the civil magistrate. 117Isa. 9:6–7, 1 Tim. 5:17, 1 Thess. 5:12, Acts 20:17–18, Heb. 13:7,17,24, 1 Cor. 12:28, Matt. 28:18–20 2. To these officers the keys of the kingdom of heaven are […]

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