Confession of Faith


The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689


With Scripture Proofs

Put forth by the Elders and Brethren of many Congregations of Christians (baptized upon profession of their faith) in London and the Country.

“…for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Romans 10:10



Paragraph 1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience,1 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; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary unto salvation.2 Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in diversified manners to reveal Himself, and to declare (that) His will unto His church;3 and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now completed.4

1 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isa. 8:20; Luke 16:29,31; Eph. 2:20 2 Rom. 1:19-21, 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1-3 3 Heb. 1:1 4 Prov. 22:19-21; Rom. 15:4; 2 Pet. 1:19,20

Paragraph 2. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testaments, which are these:

OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings 1 Chronicles 2 Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes The Song of Solomon Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James 1 Peter 2 Peter 1 John 2 John 3 John Jude Revelation


All of which are given by the inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life.5

5 2 Tim. 3:16


Paragraph 3. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon or rule of the Scripture, and, therefore, are of no authority to the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved or made use of than other human writings.6


6 Luke 24:27,44; Rom. 3:2


Paragraph 4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, depends not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the author thereof; therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God.7


7 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 John 5:9


Paragraph 5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church of God to a high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, and 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, and many other incomparable excellencies, and entire perfections 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.8


8 John 16:13,14; 1 Cor. 2:10-12; 1 John 2:20,27


Paragraph 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 or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelation of the Spirit, or traditions of men.9 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,10 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.11


9 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Gal. 1:8,9 10 John 6:45; 1 Cor. 2:9-12 11 1 Cor. 11:13,14; 1 Cor. 14:26,40


Paragraph 7. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all;12 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 ordinary means, may attain to a sufficient understanding of them.13


12 2 Pet. 3:16 13 Ps. 19:7; Psalm 119:130


Paragraph 8. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old),14 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 authentic; so as in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal to them.15 But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have a right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded in the fear of God to read,16 and search them,17 therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come,18 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.19


14 Rom. 3:2 15 Isa. 8:20 16 Acts 15:15 17 John 5:39 18 1 Cor. 14:6,9,11,12,24,28 19 Col. 3:16


Paragraph 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 are not many, but one), it must be searched by other places that speak more clearly.20


20 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Acts 15:15, 16


Paragraph 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 Scripture delivered by the Spirit, into which Scripture so delivered, our faith is finally resolved.21


21 Matt. 22:29, 31, 32; Eph. 2:20; Acts 28:23






Paragraph 1. The Lord our God is but one only living and true God;1 whose subsistence is in and of Himself,2 infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;3 a most pure spirit,4 invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto;5 who is immutable,6 immense,7 eternal,8 incomprehensible, almighty,9 every way infinite, most holy,10 most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will,11 for His own glory;12 most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him,13 and withal most just and terrible in His judgments,14 hating all sin,15 and who will by no means clear the guilty.16


1 1 Cor. 8:4,6; Deut. 6:4 2 Jer. 10:10; Isa. 48:12 3 Exod. 3:14 4 John 4:24 5 1 Tim. 1:17; Deut. 4:15,16 6 Mal. 3:6 7 1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23 8 Ps. 90:2 9 Gen. 17:1 10 Isa. 6:3 11 Ps. 115:3; Isa. 46:10 12 Prov. 16:4; Rom. 11:36 13 Exod. 34:6,7; Heb. 11:6 14 Neh. 9:32,33 15 Ps. 5:5,6 16 Exod. 34:7; Nahum 1:2,3


Paragraph 2. God, having all life,17 glory,18 goodness,19 blessedness, in and of Himself, is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them,20 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,21 and He hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleases;22 in His sight all things are open and manifest,23 His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain;24 He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works,25 and in all His commands; to Him is due from angels and men, whatsoever worship,26 service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever He is further pleased to require of them.


17 John 5:26 18 Ps. 148:13 19 Ps. 119:68 20 Job 22:2,3 21 Rom. 11:34-36 22 Dan. 4:25,34,35 23 Heb. 4:13 24 Ezek. 11:5; Acts 15:18 25 Ps. 145:17 26 Rev. 5:12-14


Paragraph 3. In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit,27 of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided:28 the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father;29 the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son;30 all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on Him.


27 1 John 5:7; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14 28 Exod. 3:14; John 14:11; I Cor. 8:6 29 John 1:14,18 30 John 15:26; Gal. 4:6



    1. 3.      OF GOD’S DECREE



Paragraph 1. God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass;1 yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin nor hath fellowship with any therein;2 nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established;3 in which appears His wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing His decree.4


1 Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:15,18 2 James 1:13; 1 John 1:5 3 Acts 4:27,28; John 19:11 4 Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5


Paragraph 2. Although Godknoweth whatsoever may or can come to pass, upon all supposed conditions,5 yet hath He not decreed anything, because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.6


5 Acts 15:18 6 Rom. 9:11,13,16,18


Paragraph 3. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated, or foreordained to eternal life through Jesus Christ,7 to the praise of His glorious grace;8 others being left to act in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of His glorious justice.9


7 I Tim. 5:21; Matt. 25:34 8 Eph. 1:5,6 9 Rom. 9:22,23; Jude 4


Paragraph 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.10


10 2 Tim. 2:19; John 13:18


Paragraph 5. Those of mankind that are predestinated to 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, hath chosen in Christ unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love,11 without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving Him thereunto.12


11 Eph. 1:4, 9, 11; Rom. 8:30; 2 Tim. 1:9; I Thess. 5:9 12 Rom. 9:13,16; Eph. 2:5,12


Paragraph 6. As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, so He hath, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto;13 wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ,14 are effectually called unto faith in Christ, by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified,15 and kept by His power through faith unto salvation;16 neither are any other redeemed by Christ, or effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.17


13 1 Pet. 1:2; 2; Thess. 2:13 14 1 Thess. 5:9, 10 15 Rom. 8:30; 2 Thess. 2:13 16 1 Pet. 1:5 17 John 10:26, 17:9, 6:64


Paragraph 7. The doctrine of the 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;18 so shall this doctrine afford matter of praise,19 reverence, and admiration of God, and of humility,20 diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel.21


18 1 Thess. 1:4,5; 2 Pet. 1:10 19 Eph. 1:6; Rom. 11:33 20 Rom. 11:5,6,20 21 Luke 10:20



    1. 4.      OF CREATION



Paragraph 1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,1 for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power,2 wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.3


1 John 1:2,3; Heb. 1:2; Job 26:13 2 Rom. 1:20 3 Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:31


Paragraph 2. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,4 with reasonable and immortal souls,5 rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness;6 having the law of God written in their hearts,7 and power to fulfill it, and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.8


4 Gen. 1:27 5 Gen. 2:7 6 Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 1;26 7 Rom. 2:14,15 8 Gen. 3:6


Paragraph 3. Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,9 which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.10


9 Gen. 2:17 10 Gen. 1:26,28



    1. 5.       OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE



Paragraph 1. God the good Creator of all things, in His infinite power and wisdom does uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures and things,1 from the greatest even to the least,2 by His most wise and holy providence, to the end for the which they were created, according unto His infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of His own will; to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy.3


1 Heb. 1:3; Job 38:11; Isa. 46:10,11; Ps. 135:6 2 Matt. 10:29-31 3 Eph. 1;11


Paragraph 2. Although in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly;4 so that there is not anything befalls any by chance, or without His providence;5 yet by the same providence He ordered them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently.6


4 Acts 2:23 5 Prov. 16:33 6 Gen. 8:22


Paragraph 3. God, in his ordinary providence makes use of means,7 yet is free to work without,8 above,9 and against them10 at His pleasure.


7 Acts 27:31, 44; Isa. 55:10, 11 8 Hosea 1:7 9 Rom. 4:19-21 10 Dan. 3:27


Paragraph 4. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, so far manifest themselves in His providence, that His determinate counsel extends itself even to the first fall, and all other sinful actions both of angels and men;11 and that not by a bare permission, which also He most wisely and powerfully binds, and otherwise orders and governs,12 in a manifold dispensation to His most holy ends;13 yet so, as the sinfulness of their acts proceeds only from the creatures, and not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin.14


11 Rom. 11:32-34; 2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Chron. 21:1 12 2 Kings 19:28; Ps. 76:10 13 Gen. 1:20; Isa. 10:6,7,12 14 Ps. 1;21; 1 John 2:16


Paragraph 5. The most wise, righteous, and gracious God does often times leave for a season His own children to manifold temptations and the corruptions of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself; and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for other just and holy ends.15  So that whatsoever befalls any of His elect is by His appointment, for His glory, and their good.16


15 2 Chron. 32:25,26,31; 2 Cor. 12:7-9 16 Rom. 8:28


Paragraph 6. As for those wicked and ungodly men whom God, as the righteous judge, for former sin does blind and harden;17 from them He not only withholds His grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their understanding, and wrought upon their hearts;18 but sometimes also withdraws the gifts which they had,19 and exposes them to such objects as their corruption makes occasion of sin;20 and withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan,21 whereby it comes to pass that they harden themselves, under those means which God uses for the softening of others.22


17 Rom. 1;24-26,28, 11:7,8 18 Deut. 29:4 19 Matt. 13:12 20 Deut. 2:30; 2 Kings 8:12,13 21 Ps. 81:11,12; 2 Thess. 2:10-12 22 Exod. 8:15,32; Isa. 6:9,10; 1 Pet. 2:7,8


Paragraph 7. As the providence of God does in general reach to all creatures, so after a more special manner it takes care of His church, and disposes of all things to the good thereof.23


23 1 Tim. 4:10; Amos 9:8,9; Isa. 43:3-5






Paragraph 1. Although God created man upright and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, and threatened death upon the breach thereof,1 yet he did not long abide in this honor; Satan using the subtlety of the serpent to subdue Eve, then by her seducing Adam, who, without any compulsion, did willfully transgress the law of their creation, and the command given to them, in eating the forbidden fruit,2 which God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.


1 Gen. 2:16,17 2 Gen. 3:12,13; 2 Cor. 11:3


Paragraph 2. Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all:3 all becoming dead in sin,4 and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.5


3 Rom. 3:23 4 Rom 5:12, etc. 5 Titus 1:15; Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-19


Paragraph 3. They being the root, and by God’s appointment, standing in the room and stead of all mankind, the guilt of the sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation,6 being now conceived in sin,7 and by nature children of wrath,8 the servants of sin, the subjects of death,9 and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.10


6 Rom. 5:12-19; 1 Cor. 15:21,22,45,49 7 Ps. 51:5; Job 14:4 8 Eph. 2:3 9 Rom. 6:20, 5:12 10 Heb. 2:14,15; 1 Thess. 1:10


Paragraph 4. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil,11 do proceed all actual transgressions.12


11 Rom. 8:7; Col. 1:21 12 James 1:14,15; Matt. 15:19


Paragraph 5. The corruption of nature, during this life, does remain in those that are regenerated;13 and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.14 13 Rom. 7:18,23; Eccles. 7:20; 1 John 1:8 14 Rom. 7:23-25; Gal. 5:17



    1. 7.      OF GOD’S COVENANT



Paragraph 1. The distance between God and the creature is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience to Him as their creator, yet they could never have attained the reward of life but by some voluntary condescension on God’s part, which He hath been pleased to express by way of covenant.1


1 Luke 17:10; Job 35:7,8


Paragraph 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,2 wherein He freely offers unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be saved;3 and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life, His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.4


2 Gen. 2:17; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 3:20,21 3 Rom. 8:3; Mark 16:15,16; John 3:16; 4 Ezek. 36:26,27; John 6:44,45; Ps. 110:3


Paragraph 3. This covenant is revealed in the gospel; first of all to Adam in the promise of salvation by the seed of the woman,5 and afterwards by farther steps, until the full discovery thereof was completed in the New Testament;6 and it is founded in that eternal covenant transaction that was between the Father and the Son about the redemption of the elect;7 and it is alone by the grace of this covenant that all the posterity of fallen Adam that ever were saved did obtain life and blessed immortality, man being now utterly incapable of acceptance with God upon those terms on which Adam stood in his state of innocency.8


5 Gen. 3:15 6 Heb. 1:1 7 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2 8 Heb. 11;6,13; Rom. 4:1,2, &c.; Acts 4:12; John 8:56






Paragraph 1. It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man;1 the prophet,2 priest,3 and king;4 head and savior of the church,5 the heir of all things,6 and judge of the world;7 unto whom He did from all eternity give a people to be His seed and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.8


1 Isa. 42:1; 1 Pet. 1:19,20 2 Acts 3:22 3 Heb. 5:5,6 4 Ps. 2:6; Luke 1:33 5 Eph. 1:22,23 6 Heb. 1:2 7 Acts 17:31 8 Isa. 53:10; John 17:6; Rom. 8:30


Paragraph 2. The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being very and eternal God, the brightness of the Father’s glory, of one substance and equal with Him who made the world, who upholds and governs all things He has made, did, when the fullness of time was complete, take upon Him man’s nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities of it,9 yet without sin;10 being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit coming down upon her: and the power of the Most High overshadowing her; and so was made of a woman of the tribe of Judah, of the seed of Abraham and David according to the Scriptures;11 so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion; which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.12


9 John 1:14; Gal. 4;4 10 Rom. 8:3; Heb. 2:14,16,17, 4:15 11 Matt. 1:22, 23 12 Luke 1:27,31,35; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 2:5


Paragraph 3. The Lord Jesus, in His human nature thus united to the divine, in the person of the Son, was sanctified and anointed with the Holy Spirit above measure,13 having in Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge;14 in whom it pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell,15 to the end that being holy, harmless, undefiled,16 and full of grace and truth,17 He might be throughly furnished to execute the office of mediator and surety;18 which office He took not upon himself, but was thereunto called by His Father;19 who also put all power and judgement in His hand, and gave Him commandment to execute the same.20


13 Ps. 45:7; Acts 10:38; John 3:34 14 Col. 2:3 15 Col. 1:19 16 Heb. 7:26 17 John 1:14 18 Heb. 7:22 19 Heb. 5:5 20 John 5:22,27; Matt. 28:18; Acts 2;36


Paragraph 4. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake,21 which that He might discharge He was made under the law,22 and did perfectly fulfill it, and underwent the punishment due to us, which we should have born and suffered,23 being made sin and a curse for us;24 enduring most grievous sorrows in His soul, and most painful sufferings in His body;25 was crucified, and died, and remained in the state of the dead, yet saw no corruption:26 on the third day He arose from the dead27 with the same body in which He suffered,28 with which He also ascended into heaven,29 and there sits at the right hand of His Father making intercession,30 and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.31


21 Ps. 40:7,8; Heb. 10:5-10; John 10:18 22 Gal 4:4; Matt. 3:15 23 Gal. 3:13; Isa. 53:6; 1 Pet. 3:18 24 2 Cor. 5:21 25 Matt. 26:37,38; Luke 22:44; Matt. 27:46 26 Acts 13:37 27 1 Cor. 15:3,4 28 John 20:25,27 29 Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11 30 Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24 31 Acts 10:42; Rom. 14:9,10; Acts 1:11; 2 Pet. 2:4


Paragraph 5. The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself, which He through the eternal Spirit once offered up to God, has fully satisfied the justice of God,32 procured reconciliation, and purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father has given unto Him.33


32 Heb. 9:14, 10:14; Rom. 3:25,26 33 John 17:2; Heb. 9:15


Paragraph 6. Although the price of redemption was not actually paid by Christ until after His incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefit thereof were communicated to the elect in all ages, successively from the beginning of the world, in and by those promises, types, and sacrifices wherein He was revealed, and signified to be the seed which should bruise the serpent’s head;34 and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,35 being the same yesterday, and today and for ever.36


34 1 Cor. 4:10; Heb. 4:2; 1 Pet. 1:10, 11 35 Rev. 13:8 36 Heb. 13:8


Paragraph 7. Christ, in the work of mediation, acts according to both natures, by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; yet by reason of the unity of the person, that which is proper to one nature is sometimes in Scripture, attributed to the person denominated by the other nature.37


37 John 3:13; Acts 20:28


Paragraph 8. To all those for whom Christ has obtained eternal redemption, He does certainly and effectually apply and communicate the same, making intercession for them;38 uniting them to Himself by His Spirit, revealing to them, in and by His Word, the mystery of salvation, persuading them to believe and obey,39 governing their hearts by His Word and Spirit,40 and overcoming all their enemies by His almighty power and wisdom,41 in such manner and ways as are most consonant to His wonderful and unsearchable dispensation; and all of free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them to procure it.42


38 John 6:37, 10:15,16, 17:9; Rom. 5:10 39 John 17:6; Eph. 1:9; 1 John 5:20 40 Rom. 8:9,14 41 Ps. 110:1; 1 Cor. 15:25,26 42 John 3:8; Eph. 1:8


Paragraph 9. This office of mediator between God and man is proper only to Christ, who is the prophet, priest, and king of the church of God; and may not be either in whole, or any part thereof, transferred from Him to any other.43


43 Tim. 2:5


Paragraph 10. This number and order of offices is necessary; for in respect of our ignorance, we stand in need of His prophetical office;44 and in respect of our alienation from God, and imperfection of the best of our services, we need His priestly office to reconcile us and present us acceptable unto God;45 and in respect to our averseness and utter inability to return to God, and for our rescue and security from our spiritual adversaries, we need His kingly office to convince, subdue, draw, uphold, deliver, and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom.46


44 John 1:18 45 Col. 1:21; Gal. 5:17 46 John 16:8; Ps. 110:3; Luke 1:74,75



    1. 9.       OF FREE WILL



Paragraph 1. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty and power of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced, nor by any necessity of nature determined to do good or evil.1


1 Matt. 17:12; James 1:14; Deut. 30:19


Paragraph 2. Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well-pleasing to God,2 but yet was unstable, so that he might fall from it.3


2 Eccles. 7:29 3 Gen. 3:6


Paragraph 3. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation;4 so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin,5 is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.6


4 Rom. 5:6, 8:7 5 Eph. 2:1,5 6 Titus 3:3-5; John 6:44


Paragraph 4. When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the state of grace, He frees him from his natural bondage under sin,7 and by His grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good;8 yet so as that by reason of his remaining corruptions, he does not perfectly, nor only will, that which is good, but does also will that which is evil.9


7 Col. 1:13; John 8:36 8 Phil. 2:13 9 Rom. 7:15,18,19,21,23


Paragraph 5. This will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to good alone in the state of glory only.10


10 Eph. 4:13




Paragraph 1. Those whom God hath predestinated unto life, He is pleased in His appointed, and accepted time, effectually to call,1 by His Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ;2 enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God;3 taking away their heart of stone, and giving to them a heart of flesh;4 renewing their wills, and by His almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ;5 yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.6


1 Rom. 8:30, 11:7; Eph. 1:10,11; 2 Thess. 2:13,14 2 Eph. 2:1-6 3 Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:17,18 4 Ezek. 36:26 5 Deut. 30:6; Ezek. 36:27; Eph. 1:19 6 Ps. 110:3; Cant. 1:4


Paragraph 2. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man, nor from any power or agency in the creature,7 being wholly passive therein, being dead in sins and trespasses, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit;8 he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it, and that by no less power than that which raised up Christ from the dead.9


7 2 Tim. 1:9; Eph. 2:8 8 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:5; John 5:25 9 Eph. 1:19, 20


Paragraph 3. Elect infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit;10 who works when, and where, and how He pleases; 11 so also are all elect persons, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.


10 John 3:3, 5, 6 11 John 3:8


Paragraph 4. Others not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word, and may have some common operations of the Spirit,12 yet not being effectually drawn by the Father, they neither will nor can truly come to Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:13 much less can men that do not receive the Christian religion be saved; be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature and the law of that religion they do profess.14


12 Matt. 22:14, 13:20,21; Heb 6:4,5 13 John 6:44,45,65; 1 John 2:24,25 14 Acts 4:12; John 4:22, 17:3




Paragraph 1. Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies,1 not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous;2 not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone;3 not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for their whole and sole righteousness by faith,4 which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.5


1 Rom. 3:24, 8:30 2 Rom. 4:5-8, Eph. 1:7 3 1 Cor. 1:30,31, Rom. 5:17-19 4 Phil. 3:8,9; Eph. 2:8-10 5 John 1:12, Rom. 5:17


Paragraph 2. Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification;6 yet is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.7


6 Rom. 3:28 7 Gal.5:6, James 2:17,22,26


Paragraph 3. Christ, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those who are justified; and did, by the sacrifice of himself in the blood of his cross, undergoing in their stead the penalty due to them, make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God?s justice in their behalf;8 yet, in as much as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for anything in them,9 their justification is only of free grace, that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.10


8 Heb. 10:14; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Isa. 53:5,6 9 Rom. 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:21 10 Rom. 3:26; Eph. 1:6,7, 2:7


Paragraph 4. God did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect,11 and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins, and rise again for their justification;12 nevertheless, they are not justified personally, until the Holy Spirit in time does actually apply Christ to them.13


11 Gal. 3:8, 1 Pet. 1:2, 1 Tim. 2:6 12 Rom. 4:25 13 Col. 1:21,22, Titus 3:4-7


Paragraph 5. God continues to forgive the sins of those that are justified,14 and although they can never fall from the state of justification,15 yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure;16 and in that condition they usually do not have the light of his countenance restored to them, until they humble themselves, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance.17


14 Matt. 6:12, 1 John 1:7,9 15 John 10:28 16 Ps. 89:31-33 17 Ps. 32:5, Ps. 51, Matt. 26:75


Paragraph 6. The justification of believers under the Old Testament was, in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers under the New Testament.18


18 Gal. 3:9; Rom. 4:22-24




Paragraph 1. All those that are justified, God conferred, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption,1 by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God,2 have his name put on them,3 receive the spirit of adoption,4 have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father,5 are pitied,6 protected,7 provided for,8 and chastened by him as by a Father,9 yet never cast off,10 but sealed to the day of redemption,11 and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.12


1 Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:4,5 2 John 1:12; Rom. 8:17 3 2 Cor. 6:18; Rev. 3:12 4 Rom. 8:15 5 Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18 6 Ps. 103:13 7 Prov. 14:26; 1 Pet. 5:7 8 Heb. 12:6 9 Isa. 54:8, 9 10 Lam. 3:31 11 Eph. 4:30 12 Heb. 1:14, 6:12




Paragraph 1. They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, are also farther sanctified, really and personally,1 through the same virtue, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them;2 the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,3 and the several lusts of it are more and more weakened and mortified,4 and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,5 to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.6


Acts 20:32; Rom. 6:5,6 2 John 17:17; Eph. 3:16-19; 1 Thess. 5:21-23 3 Rom. 6:14 4 Gal. 5:24 5 Col. 1:11 6 2 Cor. 7:1; Heb. 12:14


Paragraph 2. This sanctification
is throughout the whole man,7 yet imperfect in this life; there
abides still some remnants of corruption in every part,8 wherefrom
arises a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the
Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.9


7 1 Thess. 5:23  8 Rom. 7:18, 239 Gal. 5:17; 1 Pet.2:11


Paragraph 3. In which war,
although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail,10
yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit
of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome;11 and so the saints
grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, pressing after an
heavenly life, in evangelical obedience to all the commands which Christ
as Head and King, in his Word has prescribed to them.12


10 Rom. 7:2311 Rom. 6:1412 Eph. 4:15,16; 2 Cor. 3:18, 7:1






Paragraph 1. The grace of
faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their
souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts,1 and
is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word;2 by which also,
and by the administration of baptism and the Lord’s supper, prayer, and
other means appointed of God, it is increased and strengthened.3


1 2 Cor. 4:13; Eph. 2:82 Rom. 10:14,173 Luke 17:5; 1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 20:32


Paragraph 2. By this faith
a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word for
the authority of God himself,4 and also apprehends an excellency
therein above all other writings and all things in the world,5 as
it bears forth the glory of God in his attributes, the excellency of Christ
in his nature and offices, and the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit
in his workings and operations: and so is enabled to cast his soul upon
the truth consequently believed;6 and also acts differently upon
that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience
to the commands,7 trembling at the threatenings,8 and embracing
the promises of God for this life and that which is to come;9 but
the principle acts of saving faith have immediate relation to Christ, accepting,
receiving, and resting upon him alone for justification, sanctification,
and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.10


4 Acts 24:145 Ps. 19:7-10, 69:726 2 Tim. 1:127 John 15:148 Isa. 116:29 Heb. 11:1310 John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Gal:20; Acts 15:11


Paragraph 3. This faith,
although it be in different stages, and may be weak or strong,11
yet it is in the least degree of it different in the kind or nature of
it, as is all other saving grace, from the faith and common grace of temporary
believers;12 and therefore, though it may be many times assailed
and weakened, yet it gets the victory,13 growing up in many to the
attainment of a full assurance through Christ,14 who is both the
author and finisher of our faith.15


11 Heb. 5:13,14; Matt. 6:30; Rom. 4:19,2012 2 Pet. 1:113 Eph. 6:16; 1 John 5:4,514 Heb. 6:11,12; Col. 2:215 Heb. 12:2






Paragraph 1. Such of the
elect that are converted at riper years, having sometime lived in the state
of nature, and therein served divers pleasures, God in their effectual
calling gives them repentance to life.1


1 Titus 3:2-5


Paragraph 2. Whereas there
is none that does good and does not sin,2 and the best of men may,
through the power and deceitfulness of their corruption dwelling in them,
with the prevalency of temptation, fall in to great sins and provocations;
God has, in the covenant of grace, mercifully provided that believers so
sinning and falling be renewed through repentance unto salvation.3


2 Eccles. 7:203 Luke 22:31,32


Paragraph 3. This saving
repentance is an evangelical grace,4 whereby a person, being by
the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evils of his sin, does, by
faith in Christ, humble himself for it with godly sorrow, detestation of
it, and self-abhorrancy,5 praying for pardon and strength of grace,
with a purpose and endeavor, by supplies of the Spirit, to walk before
God unto all well-pleasing in all things.6


4 Zech. 12:10; Acts 11:185 Ezek. 36:31; 2 Cor. 7:116 Ps. 119:6,128


Paragraph 4. As repentance
is to be continued through the whole course of our lives, upon the account
of the body of death, and the motions thereof, so it is every man?s duty
to repent of his particular known sins particularly.7


7 Luke 19:8; 1 Tim. 1:13,15


Paragraph 5. Such is the
provision which God has made through Christ in the covenant of grace for
the preservation of believers unto salvation, that although there is no
sin so small but it deserves damnation,8 yet there is no sin so
great that it shall bring damnation to them that repent,9 which
makes the constant preaching of repentance necessary.


8 Rom. 6:239 Isa. 1:16-18, 55:7






Paragraph 1. Good works are
only such as God has commanded in his Holy Word,1 and not such as
without the warrant thereof are devised by men out of blind zeal, or upon
any pretense of good intentions.2


1 Mic. 6:8; Heb. 13:21 2 Matt. 15:9; Isa. 29:13


Paragraph 2. These good works,
done in obedience to God?s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of
a true and lively faith;3 and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,4
strengthen their assurance,5 edify their brethren, adorn the profession
of the gospel,6 stop the mouths of the adversaries, and glory God,7
whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto,8
that having their fruit unto holiness they may have the end eternal life.9


3 James 2:18,224 Ps. 116:12,135 1 John 2:3,5; 2 Pet. 1:5-116 Matt. 5:167 1 Tim. 6:1; 1 Pet. 2:15; Phil. 1:118 Eph. 2:109 Rom 6:22


Paragraph 3. Their ability
to do good works is not all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of
Christ;10 and that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces
they have already received, there is necessary an actual influence of the
same Holy Spirit, to work in them and to will and to do of his good pleasure;11
yet they are not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion
of the Spirit, but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of
God that is in them.12


10 John 15:4,511 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 2:1312 Phil. 2:12; Heb. 6:11,12; Isa. 64:7


Paragraph 4. They who in
their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this
life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God
requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound
to do.13


13 Job 9:2, 3; Gal. 5:17; Luke 17:10


Paragraph 5. We cannot by
our best works merit pardon of sin or eternal life at the hand of God,
by reason of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory
to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by
them we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins;14
but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable
servants; and because they are good they proceed from his Spirit,15
and as they are wrought by us they are defiled and mixed with so much weekness
and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God?s punishment.16


14 Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8,9; Rom. 4:615 Gal. 5:22,2316 Isa. 64:6; Ps. 43:2


Paragraph 6. Yet notwithstanding
the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works
also are accepted in him;17 not as thought they were in this life
wholly unblamable and unreprovable in God?s sight, but that he, looking
upon them in his Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere,
although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfection.18


17 Eph. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:518 Matt. 25:21,23; Heb. 6:10


Paragraph 7. Works done by
unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may things which
God commands, and of good use both to themselves and to others;19
yet because they proceed not from a heart purified by faith,20 nor
are done in a right manner according to the Word,21 nor to a right
end, the glory of God,22 they are therfore sinful, and cannot please
God, nor make a man meet to receive the grace from God,23 and yet
their neglect fo them is more sinful and displeasing to God.24


19 2 Kings 10:30; 1 Kings 21:27,2920 Gen. 4:5; Heb. 11:4,621 1 Cor. 13:122 Matt. 6:2,523 Amos 5:21,22; Rom. 9:16; Titus 3:524 Job 21:14,15; Matt. 25:41-43






Paragraph 1. Those whom God
has accepted in the beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit,
and given the precious faith of his elect unto, can neither totally nor
finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein
to the end, and be eternally saved, seeing the gifts and callings of God
are without repentance, from which source he still begets and nourishes
in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit
unto immortality;1 and though many storms and floods arise and beat
against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation
and rock which by faith they are fastened upon; notwithstanding, through
unbelief and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of the light
and love of God may for a time be clouded and obscured from them,2
yet he is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power
of God unto salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession,
they being engraved upon the palm of his hands, and their names having
been written in the book of life from all eternity.3


1 John 10:28,29;
Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 2:19; 1 John 2:19


2 Ps. 89:31,32; 1
Cor. 11:32


3 Mal. 3:6


Paragraph 2. This perseverance
of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability
of the decree of election,4 flowing from the free and unchangeable
love of God the Father, upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession
of Jesus Christ and union with him,5 the oath of God,6 the
abiding of his Spirit, and the seed of God within them,7 and the
nature of the covenant of grace;8 from all which ariseth also the
certainty and infallibility thereof.


4 Rom. 8:30, 9:11,16


5 Rom. 5:9, 10; John


6 Heb. 6:17,18


7 1 John 3:9


8 Jer. 32:40


Paragraph 3. And though they
may, through the temptation of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of
corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of means of their preservation,
fall into grievous sins, and for a time continue therein,9 whereby
they incur God’s displeasure and grieve his Holy Spirit,10 come
to have their graces and comforts impaired,11 have their hearts
hardened, and their consciences wounded,12 hurt and scandalize others,
and bring temporal judgments upon themselves,13 yet shall they renew
their repentance and be preserved through faith in Christ Jesus to the


9 Matt. 26:70,72,74


10 Isa. 64:5,9; Eph.


11 Ps. 51:10,12


12 Ps. 32:3,4


13 2 Sam. 12:14


14 Luke 22:32,61,62




Paragraph 1. Although temporary
believers and other unregenerate men, may vainly deceive themselves with
false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favor of God and in
a state of salvation, which hope of theirs shall perish;1 yet such
as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavouring
to walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly
assured that they are in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope
of the glory of God,2 which hope shall never make them ashamed.3


1 Job 8:13,14; Matt.


2 1 John 2:3, 3:14,18,19,21,24,


3 Rom. 5:2,5


Paragraph 2. This certainty
is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible
hope, but an infallible assurance of faith,4 founded on the blood
and righteousness of Christ revealed in the Gospel;5 and also upon
the inward evidence of those graces of the Spirit unto which promises are
made,6 and on the testimony of the Spirit of adoption, witnessing
with our spirits that we are the children of God;7 and, as a fruit
thereof, keeping the heart both humble and holy.8


4 Heb. 6:11,19


5 Heb. 6:17,18


6 2 Pet. 1:4,5,10,11


7 Rom. 8:15,16


8 1 John 3:1-3


Paragraph 3. This infallible
assurance does not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer
may wait long, and struggle with many difficulties before he be partaker
of it;9 yet being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which
are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation,
in the right use of means, attain thereunto:10 and therefore it
is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and
election sure, that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy
in the Holy Spirit, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and
cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance;11
-so far is it from inclining men to looseness.12


9 Isa. 50:10; Ps.
88; Ps. 77:1-12


10 1 John 4:13; Heb.


11 Rom. 5:1,2,5,
14:17; Ps. 119:32


12 Rom. 6:1,2; Titus


Paragraph 4. True believers
may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished,
and intermitted; as by negligence in preserving of it,13 by falling
into some special sin which wounds the conscience and grieves the Spirit;14
by some sudden or vehement temptation,15 by God’s withdrawing the
light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in
darkness and to have no light,16 yet are they never destitute of
the seed of God17 and life of faith,18 that love of Christ
and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscience of duty out of
which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be
revived,19 and by the which, in the meantime, they are preserved
from utter despair.20


13 Cant. 5:2,3,6


14 Ps. 51:8,12,14


15 Ps. 116:11; 77:7,8,


16 Ps. 30:7


17 1 John 3:9


18 Luke 22:32


19 Ps. 42:5,11


20 Lam. 3:26-31




Paragraph 1. God gave to
Adam a law of universal obedience written in his heart, and a particular
precept of not eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil;1
by which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact,
and perpetual obedience;2 promised life upon the fulfilling, and
threatened death upon the breach of it, and endued him with power and ability
to keep it.3


1 Gen. 1:27; Eccles.


2 Rom. 10:5


3 Gal. 3:10,12


Paragraph 2. The same law
that was first written in the heart of man continued to be a perfect rule
of righteousness after the fall,4 and was delivered by God upon
Mount Sinai, in ten commandments, and written in two tables, the four first
containing our duty towards God, and the other six, our duty to man.5


4 Rom. 2:14,15


5 Deut. 10:4


Paragraph 3. Besides this
law, commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel
ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship,
prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits;6
and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties,7 all
which ceremonial laws being appointed only to the time of reformation,
are, by Jesus Christ the true Messiah and only law-giver, who was furnished
with power from the Father for that end abrogated and taken away.8


6 Heb. 10:1; Col.


7 1 Cor. 5:7


8 Col. 2:14,16,17;
Eph. 2:14,16


Paragraph 4. To them also
he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of
that people, not obliging any now by virtue of that institution; their
general equity only being of modern use.9


9 1 Cor. 9:8-10


Paragraph 5. The moral law
does for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience
thereof,10 and that not only in regard of the matter contained in
it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator, who gave it;11
neither does Christ in the Gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen
this obligation.12


10 Rom. 13:8-10;
James 2:8,10-12


11 James 2:10,11


12 Matt. 5:17-19;
Rom. 3:31


Paragraph 6. Although true
believers are not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified
or condemned,13 yet it is of great use to them as well as to others,
in that as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their
duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; discovering also the
sinful pollutions of their natures, hearts, and lives, so as examining
themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation
for, and hatred against, sin;14 together with a clearer sight of
the need they have of Christ and the perfection of his obedience; it is
likewise of use to the regenerate to restrain their corruptions, in that
it forbids sin; and the threatenings of it serve to show what even their
sins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them,
although freed from the curse and unallayed rigour thereof.  The promises
of it likewise show them God’s approbation of obedience, and what blessings
they may expect upon the performance thereof, though not as due to them
by the law as a covenant of works; so as man’s doing good and refraining
from evil, because the law encourages to the one and deters from the other,
is no evidence of his being under the law and not under grace.15


13 Rom. 6:14; Gal.
2:16; Rom. 8:1, 10:4


14 Rom. 3:20, 7:7,


15 Rom. 6:12-14;
1 Pet. 3:8-13


Paragraph 7. Neither are
the aforementioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the Gospel,
but do sweetly comply with it,16 the Spirit of Christ subduing and
enabling the will of man to do that freely and cheerfully which the will
of God, revealed in the law, requires to be done.17


16 Gal. 3:21


17 Ezek. 36:27




Paragraph 1. The covenant
of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was
pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman, as
the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance;1
in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of it, was revealed, and
[is] therein effectual for the conversion and salvation of sinners.2


1 Gen. 3:15


2 Rev. 13:8


Paragraph 2. This promise
of Christ, and salvation by him, is revealed only by the Word of God;3
neither do the works of creation or providence, with the light of nature,
make discovery of Christ, or of grace by him, so much as in a general or
obscure way;4 much less that men destitute of the revelation of
Him by the promise or gospel, should be enabled thereby to attain saving
faith or repentance.5


3 Rom. 1;17


4 Rom. 10:14,15,17


5 Prov. 29:18; Isa.
25:7; 60:2,3


Paragraph 3. The revelation
of the gospel to sinners, made in divers times and by sundry parts, with
the addition of promises and precepts for the obedience required therein,
as to the nations and persons to whom it is granted, is merely of the sovereign
will and good pleasure of God;6 not being annexed by virtue of any
promise to the due improvement of men’s natural abilities, by virtue of
common light received without it, which none ever made, or can do so;7
and therefore in all ages, the preaching of the gospel has been granted
unto persons and nations, as to the extent or straitening of it, in great
variety, according to the counsel of the will of God.


6 Ps. 147:20; Acts


7 Rom. 1:18-32


Paragraph 4. Although the
gospel be the only outward means of revealing Christ and saving grace,
and is, as such, abundantly sufficient thereunto; yet that men who are
dead in trespasses may be born again, quickened or regenerated, there is
moreover necessary an effectual insuperable work of the Holy Spirit upon
the whole soul, for the producing in them a new spiritual life;8
without which no other means will effect their conversion unto God.9


8 Ps. 110:3; 1 Cor.
2:14; Eph. 1:19,20


9 John 6:44; 2 Cor.




Paragraph 1. The liberty
which Christ has purchased for believers under the gospel, consists in
their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the severity
and curse of the law,1 and in their being delivered from this present
evil world,2 bondage to Satan,3 and dominion of sin,4
from the evil of afflictions,5 the fear and sting of death, the
victory of the grave,6 and everlasting damnation:7 as also
in their free access to God, and their yielding obedience unto Him, not
out of slavish fear,8 but a child-like love and willing mind.9
All which were common also to believers under the law for the substance
of them;10 but under the New Testament the liberty of Christians
is further enlarged, in their freedom from the yoke of a ceremonial law,
to which the Jewish church was subjected, and in greater boldness of access
to the throne of grace, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit
of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.11


1 Gal. 3:13


2 Gal. 1:4


3 Acts 26:18


4 Rom. 8:3


5 Rom. 8:28


6 1 Cor. 15:54-57


7 2 Thess. 1:10


8 Rom. 8:15;


9 Luke 1:73-75; 1
John 4:18


10 Gal. 3;9,14


11 John 7:38,39;
Heb. 10:19-21


Paragraph 2. God alone is
Lord of the conscience,12 and has left it free from the doctrines
and commandments of men which are in any thing contrary to his word, or
not contained in it.13  So that to believe such doctrines,
or obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience;14
and the requiring of an implicit faith, an absolute and blind obedience,
is to destroy liberty of conscience and reason also.15


12 James 4:12; Rom.


13 Acts 4:19,29;
1 Cor. 7:23; Matt. 15:9


14 Col. 2:20,22,23


15 1 Cor. 3:5; 2
Cor. 1:24


Paragraph 3. They who upon
pretence of Christian liberty do practice any sin, or cherish any sinful
lust, as they do thereby pervert the main design of the grace of the gospel
to their own destruction,16 so they wholly destroy the end of Christian
liberty, which is, that being delivered out of the hands of all our enemies,
we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righeousness before
Him, all the days of our lives.17


16 Rom. 6:1,2


17 Gal. 5:13; 2 Pet.




Paragraph 1. The light of
nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over
all; is just, good and does good to all; and is therefore to be feared,
loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart
and all the soul, and with all the might.1  But the acceptable
way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by himself,2 and
so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according
to the imagination and devices of men, nor the suggestions of Satan, under
any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy


1 Jer. 10:7; Mark


2 Deut. 12:32


3 Exod. 20:4-6


Paragraph 2. Religious worship
is to be given to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to him alone;4
not to angels, saints, or any other creatures;5 and since the fall,
not without a mediator,6 nor in the mediation of any other but Christ


4 Matt. 4:9,10; John
6:23; Matt. 28:19


5 Rom. 1:25; Col.
2:18; Rev. 19:10


6 John 14:6


7 1 Tim. 2:5


Paragraph 3. Prayer, with
thanksgiving, being one part of natural worship, is by God required of
all men.8  But that it may be accepted, it is to be made in
the name of the Son,9 by the help of the Spirit,10 according to
his will;11 with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith,
love, and perseverance; and when with others, in a known tongue.12


8 Ps. 95:1-7, 65:2


9 John 14:13,14


10 Rom. 8:26


11 1 John 5:14


12 1 Cor. 14:16,17


Paragraph 4. Prayer is to
be made for things lawful, and for all sorts of men living, or that shall
live hereafter;13 but not for the dead,14 nor for those of
whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death.15


13 1 Tim. 2:1,2;
2 Sam. 7:29


14 2 Sam. 12:21-23


15 1 John 5:16


Paragraph 5. The reading
of the Scriptures,16 preaching, and hearing the Word of God,17
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord;18 as also the administration
of baptism,19 and the Lord’s supper,20 are all parts of religious
worship of God, to be performed in obedience to him, with understanding,
faith, reverence, and godly fear; moreover, solemn humiliation, with fastings,21
and thanksgivings, upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy
and religious manner.22


16 1 Tim. 4:13


17 2 Tim. 4:2; Luke


18 Col. 3:16; Eph.


19 Matt. 28:19,20


20 1 Cor. 11:26


21 Esther 4:16; Joel


22 Exod. 15:1-19,
Ps. 107


Paragraph 6. Neither prayer
nor any other part of religious worship, is now under the gospel, tied
unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which it is performed, or
towards which it is directed; but God is to be worshipped everywhere in
spirit and in truth;23 as in private families24 daily,25
and in secret each one by himself;26 so more solemnly in the public
assemblies, which are not carelessly nor wilfully to be neglected or forsaken,
when God by his word or providence calls thereunto.27


23 John 4:21; Mal.
1:11; 1 Tim. 2:8


24 Acts 10:2


25 Matt. 6:11; Ps.


26 Matt. 6:6


27 Heb. 10:25; Acts


Paragraph 7. As it is the
law of nature, that in general a proportion of time, by God’s appointment,
be set apart for the worship of God, so by his Word, in a positive moral,
and perpetual commandment, binding all men, in all ages, he has particularly
appointed one day in seven for a sabbath to be kept holy unto him,28
which from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ was
the last day of the week, and from the resurrection of Christ was changed
into the first day of the week, which is called the Lord’s Day:29
and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath,
the observation of the last day of the week being abolished.


28 Exod. 20:8


29 1 Cor. 16:1,2;
Acts 20:7; Rev. 1:10


Paragraph 8. The sabbath
is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their
hearts, and ordering their common affairs aforehand, do not only observe
a holy rest all day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their
worldly employment and recreations,30 but are also taken up the
whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the
duties of necessity and mercy.31


30 Isa. 58:13; Neh.


31 Matt. 12:1-13




Paragraph 1. A lawful oath
is a part of religious worship, wherein the person swearing in truth, righteousness,
and judgment, solemnly calls God to witness what he swears,1 and
to judge him according to the truth or falseness thereof.2


1 Exod. 20:7; Deut.
10:20; Jer. 4:2


2 2 Chron. 6:22,


Paragraph 2. The name of
God only is that by which men ought to swear; and therein it is to be used,
with all holy fear and reverence; therefore to swear vainly or rashly by
that glorious and dreadful name, or to swear at all by any other thing,
is sinful, and to be abhorred;3 yet as in matter of weight and moment,
for confirmation of truth, and ending all strife, an oath is warranted
by the word of God;4 so a lawful oath being imposed by lawful authority
in such matters, ought to be taken.5


3 Matt. 5:34,37;
James 5:12


4 Heb. 6:16; 2 Cor.


5 Neh. 13:25


Paragraph 3. Whosoever takes
an oath warranted by the word of God, ought duly to consider the weightiness
of so solemn an act, and therein to avouch nothing but what he knows to
be truth; for that by rash, false, and vain oaths, the Lord is provoked,
and for them this land mourns.6


6 Lev. 19:12; Jer.


Paragraph 4. An oath is to
be taken in the plain and common sense of the words, without equivocation
or mental reservation.7


7 Ps. 24:4


Paragraph 5. A vow, which
is not to be made to any creature, but to God alone, is to be made and
performed with all religious care and faithfulness;8 but popish
monastical vows of perpetual single life,9 professed poverty,10
and regular obedience, are so far from being degrees of higher perfection,
that they are superstitious and sinful snares, in which no Christian may
entangle himself.11


8 Ps. 76:11; Gen.


9 1 Cor. 7:2,9


10 Eph. 4:28


11 Matt. 19:1




Paragraph 1. God, the supreme
Lord and King of all the world, has ordained civil magistrates to be under
him, over the people, for his own glory and the public good; and to this
end has armed them with the power of the sword, for defence and encouragement
of them that do good, and for the punishment of evil doers.1


1 Rom. 13:1-4


Paragraph 2. It is lawful
for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate when called
thereunto; in the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain
justice and peace,2 according to the wholesome laws of each kingdom
and commonwealth, so for that end they may lawfully now, under the New
Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions.3


2 2 Sam. 23:3; Ps.


3 Luke 3:14


Paragraph 3. Civil magistrates
being set up by God for the ends aforesaid; subjection, in all lawful things
commanded by them, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for
wrath, but for conscience? sake;4 and we ought to make supplications
and prayers for kings and all that are in authority, that under them we
may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.5


4 Rom. 13:5-7; 1
Pet. 2:17


5 1 Tim. 2:1,2




Paragraph 1. 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.1


1 Gen. 2:24; Mal.
2:15; Matt. 19:5,6


Paragraph 2. Marriage was
ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife,2 for the increase
of mankind with a legitimate issue,3 and the preventing of uncleanness.4


2 Gen. 2:18


3 Gen. 1:28


4 1 Cor. 7:2,9


Paragraph 3. It is lawful
for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their
consent;5 yet it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord;6
and therefore such as profess the true religion, should not marry with
infidels, or idolaters; neither should such as are godly, be unequally
yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked in their life, or maintain damnable


5 Heb. 13:4; 1 Tim.


6 1 Cor. 7:39


7 Neh. 13:25-27


Paragraph 4. Marriage ought
not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity, forbidden in
the Word;8 nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful,
by any law of man or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together
as man and wife.9


8 Lev. 18


9 Mark 6:18; 1 Cor.




Paragraph 1. The catholic
or universal church, which (with respect to the internal work of the Spirit
and truth of grace) may be called 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 fulness of him
that fills all in all.1


1 Heb. 12:23; Col.
1:18; Eph. 1:10,22,23, 5:23,27,32


Paragraph 2. All persons
throughout the world, professing the faith of the gospel, and obedience
unto God by Christ according unto it, not destroying their own profession
by any errors everting the foundation, or unholiness of conversation, are
and may be called visible saints;2 and of such ought all particular
congregations to be constituted.3


2 1 Cor. 1:2; Acts


3 Rom. 1:7; Eph.


Paragraph 3. The purest churches
under heaven are subject to mixture and error;4 and some have so
degenerated as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan;5
nevertheless Christ always has had, and ever shall have a kingdom in this
world, to the end thereof, of such as believe in him, and make profession
of his name.6


4 1 Cor. 5; Rev.


5 Rev. 18:2; 2 Thess.


6 Matt. 16:18; Ps.
72:17, 102:28; Rev. 12:17


Paragraph 4. The Lord Jesus
Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father,
all power for the calling, institution, order or government of the church,
is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner;7 neither can the
Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that
man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself in the church against
Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming.8


7 Col. 1:18; Matt.
28:18-20; Eph. 4:11,12


8 2 Thess. 2:2-9


Paragraph 5. In the execution
of this power wherewith he is so intrusted, the Lord Jesus calls out of
the world unto himself, through the ministry of his word, by his Spirit,
those that are given unto him by his Father,9 that they may walk
before him in all the ways of obedience, which he prescribes to them in
his word.10  Those thus called, he commands to walk together
in particular societies, or churches, for their mutual edification, and
the due performance of that public worship, which he requires of them in
the world.11


9 John 10:16; John


10 Matt. 28:20


11 Matt. 18:15-20


Paragraph 6. The members
of these churches are saints by calling, visibly manifesting and evidencing
(in and by their profession and walking) their obedience unto that call
of Christ;12 and do willingly consent to walk together, according
to the appointment of Christ; giving up themselves to the Lord, and one
to another, by the will of God, in professed subjection to the ordinances
of the Gospel.13


12 Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor.


13 Acts 2:41,42,
5:13,14; 2 Cor. 9:13


Paragraph 7. To each of these
churches therefore gathered, according to his mind declared in his word,
he has given all that power and authority, which is in any way needful
for their carrying on that order in worship and discipline, which he has
instituted for them to observe; with commands and rules for the due and
right exerting, and executing of that power.14


14 Matt. 18:17, 18;
1 Cor. 5:4, 5, 5:13, 2 Cor. 2:6-8


Paragraph 8. A particular
church, gathered and completely organized according to the mind of Christ,
consists of officers and members; and the officers appointed by Christ
to be chosen and set apart by the church (so called and gathered), for
the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty,
which he intrusts them with, or calls them to, to be continued to the end
of the world, are bishops or elders, and deacons.15


15 Acts 20:17, 28;
Phil. 1:1


Paragraph 9. The way appointed
by Christ for the calling of any person, fitted and gifted by the Holy
Spirit, unto the office of bishop or elder in a church, is, that he be
chosen thereunto by the common suffrage of the church itself;16
and solemnly set apart by fasting and prayer, with imposition of hands
of the eldership of the church, if there be any before constituted therein;17
and of a deacon that he be chosen by the like suffrage, and set apart by
prayer, and the like imposition of hands.18


16 Acts 14:23


17 1 Tim. 4:14


18 Acts 6:3,5,6


Paragraph 10. The work of
pastors being constantly to attend the service of Christ, in his churches,
in the ministry of the word and prayer, with watching for their souls,
as they that must give an account to Him;19 it is incumbent on the
churches to whom they minister, not only to give them all due respect,
but also to communicate to them of all their good things according to their
ability,20 so as they may have a comfortable supply, without being
themselves entangled in secular affairs;21 and may also be capable
of exercising hospitality towards others;22 and this is required
by the law of nature, and by the express order of our Lord Jesus, who has
ordained that they that preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.23


19 Acts 6:4; Heb.


20 1 Tim. 5:17,18;
Gal. 6:6,7


21 2 Tim. 2:4


22 1 Tim. 3:2


23 1 Cor. 9:6-14


Paragraph 11. Although it
be incumbent on the bishops or pastors of the churches, to be instant in
preaching the word, by way of office, yet the work of preaching the word
is not so peculiarly confined to them but that others also gifted and fitted
by the Holy Spirit for it, and approved and called by the church, may and
ought to perform it.24


24 Acts 11:19-21;
1 Pet. 4:10,11


Paragraph 12. As all believers
are bound to join themselves to particular churches, when and where they
have opportunity so to do; so all that are admitted unto the privileges
of a church, are also under the censures and government thereof, according
to the rule of Christ.25


25 1 Thess. 5:14;
2 Thess. 3:6,14,15


Paragraph 13. No church members,
upon any offence taken by them, having performed their duty required of
them towards the person they are offended at, ought to disturb any church-order,
or absent themselves from the assemblies of the church, or administration
of any ordinances, upon the account of such offence at any of their fellow
members, but to wait upon Christ, in the further proceeding of the church.26


26 Matt. 18:15-17;
Eph. 4:2,3


Paragraph 14. As each church,
and all the members of it, are bound to pray continually for the good and
prosperity of all the churches of Christ,27 in all places, and upon
all occasions to further every one within the bounds of their places and
callings, in the exercise of their gifts and graces, so the churches, when
planted by the providence of God, so as they may enjoy opportunity and
advantage for it, ought to hold communion among themselves, for their peace,
increase of love, and mutual edification.28


27 Eph. 6:18; Ps.


28 Rom. 16:1,2; 3
John 8-10


Paragraph 15. In cases of
difficulties or differences, either in point of doctrine or administration,
wherein either the churches in general are concerned, or any one church,
in their peace, union, and edification; or any member or members of any
church are injured, in or by any proceedings in censures not agreeable
to truth and order: it is according to the mind of Christ, that many churches
holding communion together, do, by their messengers, meet to consider,
and give their advice in or about that matter in difference, to be reported
to all the churches concerned;29 howbeit these messengers assembled,
are not intrusted with any church-power properly so called; or with any
jurisdiction over the churches themselves, to exercise any censures either
over any churches or persons; or to impose their determination on the churches
or officers.30


29 Acts 15:2,4,6,22,23,25


30 2 Cor. 1:24; 1
John 4:1




Paragraph 1. All saints that
are united to Jesus Christ, their head, by his Spirit, and faith, although
they are not made thereby one person with him, have fellowship in his graces,
sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory;1  and, being united
to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces,2
and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private,
in an orderly way, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward
and outward man.3


1 1 John 1:3; John
1:16; Phil. 3:10; Rom. 6:5,6


2 Eph. 4:15,16; 1
Cor. 12:7; 3:21-23


3 1 Thess. 5:11,14;
Rom. 1:12; 1 John 3:17,18; Gal. 6:10


Paragraph 2. Saints by profession
are bound to maintain a holy fellowship and communion in the worship of
God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual
edification;4 as also in relieving each other in outward things
according to their several abilities, and necessities;5 which communion,
according to the rule of the gospel, though especially to be