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10 Quotes from “Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity” of Truths We Confess by R.C. Sproul

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When the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was formed in 1788, it adopted (with minor revisions) the Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms (1647), as its secondary standards (the Bible itself being the only infallible rule of faith and practice). As an officer in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), I took a vow to “sincerely receive and adopt” these confessional documents “as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.”

R.C. Sproul tells us that the Westminster Confession is the most precise and accurate summary of the content of biblical Christianity ever set forth in a creedal form. In the “Foreword” of the Truths We Confess, Sinclair Ferguson writes that the Westminster Confession was the anatomy of everything that Sproul preached and taught. He tells us that this book is not an academic, technical discussion of an ancient document. Rather, it is a book for every Christian home and family and one that will be especially valuable for younger Christians setting out on the way.

Here are 10 quotes from Chapter 2 of the Westminster Confession of Faith: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity:

  • We should never consider the character of God to be too deep to think about. The more we reflect on His greatness, the more our souls are moved to adore Him and worship Him for His magnificence.
  • When we say that God is all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent, we mean that His power surpasses everything in the universe. Nothing can resist His power or overpower Him.
  • The term holy is used biblically in two distinct ways: to refer to God’s otherness, the way in which He is different from us and transcends all created things, and to refer to His moral perfection.
  • The Reformed faith teaches that human freedom is real but limited by God’s sovereignty. We cannot overrule the sovereign decisions of God with our freedom, because God’s freedom is greater than ours.
  • The purpose of prayer is not to change God’s mind but to change ours, to bring us into communion with Him, to come to our heavenly Father and tell Him what is on our hearts.
  • God is so loving that He gives mercy far beyond anything we could ever hope or imagine.
  • We must understand that everything exists for God, for His glory and majesty. From this comes the purpose of our being.
  • Not a single molecule runs loose in the universe outside the scope of God’s control. He rules over all things in nature.
  • God has every right to do with us whatever He deems good, whatever pleases Him.
  • In simple terms, the Westminster divines are saying that in an absolute, ultimate sense, God is one—one being—yet within the Godhead are three distinct persons or subsistences that must be recognized if we want to be faithful to Scripture.

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Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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