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Episode 49 — Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree, Sections 5 – 8

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Randy Johovich, Don Maurer, and Marlin Klingensmith complete a discussion of chapter 3 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They discuss sections 5 through 8 of the chapter: Of God’s Eternal Decree.

Running time: 44:36

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

Section 5. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto 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, has chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving Him thereunto; and all to the praise of His glorious grace.

Psalm 33:11

The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.

2 Timothy 2:19

But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,”….

Ephesians 1:3-4

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love….

Revelation 13:8

…and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.

Romans 3:21

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law….

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

Section 6. As God has appointed the elect unto glory, so has He, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto. Wherefore, they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ, are effectually called unto faith in Christ by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by His power, through faith, unto salvation. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.

Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

Section 7. The rest of mankind God was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of His own will, whereby He extends or withholds mercy, as He pleases, for the glory of His sovereign power over His creatures, to pass by; and to ordain them to dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praise of His glorious justice.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

Section 8. The doctrine of this 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 certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election. So shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God; and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel.

Matthew 7:6 (NKJV)

Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine….

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 3, Chapter 21

Human curiosity renders the discussion of predestination, already somewhat difficult of itself, very confusing and even dangerous. No restraints can hold it back from wandering in forbidden bypaths and thrusting upward to the heights. If allowed, it will leave no secret to God that it will not search out and unravel. Since we see so many on all sides rushing into this audacity and impudence, among them certain men not otherwise bad, they should in due season be reminded of the measure of their duty in this regard.

First, then, let them remember that when they inquire into predestination they are penetrating the sacred precincts of divine wisdom. If anyone with carefree assurance breaks into this place, he will not succeed in satisfying his curiosity and he will enter a labyrinth from which he can find no exit. For it is not right for man unrestrainedly to search out things that the Lord has willed to be hid in himself, and to unfold from eternity itself the sublimest wisdom, which he would have us revere but not understand that through this also he should fill us with wonder. He has set forth by his Word the secrets of his will that he has decided to reveal to us. These he decided to reveal in so far as he foresaw that they would concern us and benefit us.

… For we shall know that the moment we exceed the bounds of the Word, our course is outside the pathway and in darkness, and that there we must repeatedly wander, slip, and stumble. Let this, therefore, first of all be before our eyes: to seek any other knowledge of predestination than what the Word of God discloses is not less insane than if one should purpose to walk in a pathless waste [cf. Job 12:24], or to see in darkness. And let us not be ashamed to be ignorant of something in this matter, wherein there is a certain learned ignorance. Rather, let us willingly refrain from inquiring into a kind of knowledge, the ardent desire for which is both foolish and dangerous, nay, even deadly. But if a wanton curiosity agitates us, we shall always do well to oppose to it this restraining thought: just as too much honey is not good, so for the curious the investigation of glory is not turned into glory [Proverbs 25:27, cf. Vg.]. For there is good reason for us to be deterred from this insolence which can only plunge us into ruin.

Ephesians 2:8-10

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 1:11-12

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

2 Timothy 2:19

But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

1 Thessalonians 3:3

…that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.

Genesis 50:20

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

1 Samuel 23:14

And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.

Philippians 2:27

Indeed [Epaphroditus] was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him….

Acts 13:29-30

29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead….

Ephesians 2:1,4-5

1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins…. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ….

John 6:37

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

Episode 48 — Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree, Sections 3 and 4

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Randy Johovich, Don Maurer, and Marlin Klingensmith continue a discussion of chapter 3 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They discuss sections 3 and 4 of the chapter: Of God’s Eternal Decree. These sections deal with double predestination, as God elects some and passes by others.

Running time: 36:14

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

Section 3. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death.

Section 4. These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 3, Chapter 21.

Human curiosity renders the discussion of predestination, already
somewhat difficult of itself, very confusing and even dangerous. No
restraints can hold it back from wandering in forbidden bypaths and
thrusting upward to the heights. If allowed, it will leave no secret to
God that it will not search out and unravel. Since we see so many on all
sides rushing into this audacity and impudence, among them certain men
not otherwise bad, they should in due season be reminded of the
measure of their duty in this regard.

First, then, let them remember that when they inquire into
predestination they are penetrating the sacred precincts of divine
wisdom. If anyone with carefree assurance breaks into this place, he
will not succeed in satisfying his curiosity and he will enter a
labyrinth from which he can find no exit. For it is not right for man
unrestrainedly to search out things that the Lord has willed to be hid
in himself, and to unfold from eternity itself the sublimest wisdom,
which he would have us revere but not understand that through this also
he should fill us with wonder. He has set forth by his Word the secrets
of his will that he has decided to reveal to us. These he decided to
reveal in so far as he foresaw that they would concern us and benefit us.

…For we shall know that the moment we exceed the bounds of the Word,
our course is outside the pathway and in darkness, and that there we
must repeatedly wander, slip, and stumble. Let this, therefore, first of
all be before our eyes: to seek any other knowledge of predestination
than what the Word of God discloses is not less insane than if one
should purpose to walk in a pathless waste [cf. Job 12:24], or to see in
darkness. And let us not be ashamed to be ignorant of something in this
matter, wherein there is a certain learned ignorance. Rather, let us
willingly refrain from inquiring into a kind of knowledge, the ardent
desire for which is both foolish and dangerous, nay, even deadly. But if
a wanton curiosity agitates us, we shall always do well to oppose to it
this restraining thought: just as too much honey is not good, so for the
curious the investigation of glory is not turned into glory [Proverbs
25:27, cf. Vg.]. For there is good reason for us to be deterred from
this insolence which can only plunge us into ruin.

Episode 47 — Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree, Section 2

Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Randy Johovich, Don Maurer, and Marlin Klingensmith continue a discussion of chapter 3 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They discuss section 2 of the chapter: Of God’s Eternal Decree. This section deals with how God’s does not decree what will happen based on looking into the future and seeing that the event will occur.

Running time: 32:03

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree, Section 2

Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions; yet has He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.

Romans 8:29

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son….

Genesis 4:1

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain….

Amos 3:1-2

1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt: 2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Episode 46 — Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree, Section 1

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Randy Johovich, Don Maurer, and Marlin Klingensmith begin a discussion of chapter 3 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They discuss section 1 of the chapter: Of God’s Eternal Decree. This section deals with how God ordains everything that comes to pass.

Running time: 47:17

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Isaiah 46:8-11

8 “Remember this and stand firm,

recall it to mind, you transgressors,

9 remember the former things of old;

for I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like me,

10 declaring the end from the beginning

and from ancient times things not yet done,

saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

11 calling a bird of prey from the east,

the man of my counsel from a far country.

I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;

I have purposed, and I will do it.”

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree, Section 1

God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

Ephesians 1:11

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will….

Deuteronomy 29:29

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Genesis 50:20

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Luke 13:1-5

1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Genesis 18:21

I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.

Genesis 22:12

He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

Proverbs 16:4

The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Acts 2:22-23

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.”

Isaiah 53:10

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;

Isaiah 45:7

I form light and create darkness,
I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the LORD, who does all these things.

Amos 3:6

Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the LORD has done it?

Romans 9:19-20

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

Matthew 26:24

The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.

Philippians 2:13-14

12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

James 1:13

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Heidelberg Catechism

Answer to Question 26:

The eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who out of nothing created heaven and earth

and everything in them,

who still upholds and rules them

by his eternal counsel and providence,

is my God and Father

because of Christ his Son.

I trust him so much that I do not doubt

he will provide

whatever I need

for body and soul,

and he will turn to my good

whatever adversity he sends me

in this sad world.

He is able to do this because he is almighty God;

he desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.

Episode 37: Westminster Confession of Faith — Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity, Section 3, Part 2

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Steve Bradley, Randy Johovich, and Marlin Klingensmith complete a discussion of chapter 2 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They will discuss section 3 of the chapter: Of God, and the Holy Trinity. This section deals with Trinity.

Running time: 32:43

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 2 Section 3

In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

John 14:28

the Father is greater than I

Colossians 1:15

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

John 15:26

26“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”

Galatians 4:6

6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:26

26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 19:4

Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heaven.

Zechariah 12:1,10

1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: ….

10“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

Episode 36 — Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity, Section 3, Part 1

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Steve Bradley, Randy Johovich, and Marlin Klingensmith continue a discussion of chapter 2 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They will discuss section 3 of the chapter: Of God, and the Holy Trinity. This section deals with Trinity.

Running time: 45:37

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 2 Section 3

In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Deuteronomy 6:4

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

James 2:19

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

1 Corinthians 8:5-6

5For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

John 20:28

28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Titus 2:13

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

John 5:18

18This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Acts 5:3-4

3But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

John 10:34-37

34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;

Episode 35 — Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity, Section 2

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Randy Johovich, and Marlin Klingensmith continue a discussion of chapter 2 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They will discuss section 2 of the chapter: Of God, and the Holy Trinity.

Running time: 39:51

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 2 Section 2

God has all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He has made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting 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; and has most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleases. In His sight all things are open and manifest, His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.

Acts 17:23-25

23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.

Romans 9:20-21

20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?

Romans 8:29

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Philippians 2:12-13

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Acts 17:28

…”‘In him we live and move and have our being'”….

Romans 1:18-20

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Matthew 5:48

48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Klingon Bible Translation Project: www.kli.org

Episode 34 — Westminster Confession of Faith: Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity, Section 1

Series: Westminster Confession of Faith

This week Steve Bradley, Randy Johovich, and Marlin Klingensmith begin a discussion of chapter 2 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. They will discuss section 1 of the chapter: Of God, and the Holy Trinity.

Running time: 52:23

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 2 Section 1

There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, 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.

Romans 1:18-20

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Psalm 110:1

1 The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

Amos 7:1-6

1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the second crop was coming up. 2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

3 So the LORD relented. “This will not happen,” the LORD said.

4 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. 5 Then I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

6 So the LORD relented. “This will not happen either,” the Sovereign LORD said.

Isaiah 55:9

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

1 Corinthians 10:31

31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Job 1:9

9Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason?

Episode 5

Series: Scripture

Episode 5: Of the Holy Scriptures Part 3.

Randy Johovich, Marlin Klingensmith, and Vince Scavo discuss the scriptures using the Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures as a guide. In this episode they finish the discussion, covering the final five sections of chapter 1. Running time: 30:46.

For episode 5, click here

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

6. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word: and that there are some circumstances concerning the 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.

7. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary 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 the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

8. 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 authentical; so as, in all controversies of religion, the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them, therefore they are to be translated in to the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come, that, the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner; and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.

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 is not manifold, but one), it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.

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 Spirit speaking in the Scripture.

Episode 4

Series: Scripture

Episode 4: Of the Holy Scriptures Part 2.

Randy Johovich, Marlin Klingensmith, and Vince Scavo discuss the scriptures using the Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures as a guide. In this episode they get through sections 3, 4 and 5 of chapter 1. Running time: 30:33.

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Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

3. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture, and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.

4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.

5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments 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.