A Summary of My Beliefs

I confess belief in the following:

The Bible: Is Gods inspired, without error, and totally trustworthy. There is no other source of God’’s special revelation to mankind. We must believe and obey what it teaches.

God:  There is only one true and living God who is a spirit that cannot be seen by man.  He is personal and beyond comprehension.  God is perfectly holy, just, loving, merciful, self-sufficient and not bound by space and time.  There are three “person” in the Godhead who are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The persons of the Trinity are not subordinate to one another in their essential being.  However in the logical order of existence the Father is first, the Son second, and the Holy Spirit third.  The Father generates the Son (Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5), and the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and Son (Rom 8:9; Jn. 15:26; 16:7).  This order reflects itself in the work of redemption. He has attributes that are not common to any creature such as being Omnipresent.  Which is to say present at all times in every point of space with His whole being.  He is Omniscient which is He knows all things. God is Omnipotent which is He is all powerful. He is without passions in the sense of ebbing and flowing feelings.  He is fixed, peaceful, calm, and unchangeable. God is incomprehensible in that he cannot be completely or exhaustively known. God does have characteristics granted to creatures; especially his moral attributes.

Creation: All three members of the Trinity were active in creation which happened in literal, sequential, 24-hour days. God created all things out of nothing and is sovereign over all thing in the heavens and the earth.  God is the source of all things.  He is active in His creation by sustaining and governing all things according to His eternal holy will.  His purposes, works, and commands are holy. God is worthy of worship from mankind.  Because man is made in the image of God all human life is valuable from conception. Creation manifests Gods glory. 

Mankind and Sin:  Despite Gods sovereignty over all things he does not excuse human responsibility. God has foreordained everything that comes to pass, yet God is not the author of sin.  Man’s will is not forced and secondary causes are real.  Due to His sovereignty God’s foreordination of all things is not an act of carrying out whatever he foresees will happen anyway. The Godhead agreed to make man in their image.  God the Father planned all things.  God the Son produced the plan and God the Holy Spirit applies the work of the Son to mankind. Because Adam the first man sinned all mankind is corrupt by nature.  From Adam godly unity in mans spirit died and all his generations are born dead in their spirit to the things of God.  This means mankind is dead in sin and subject to the holy wrath of God.  God provided a covenant of grace that sinners can be regenerated, receive forgiveness of sin and have eternal life through faith in Jesus the Christ.  Faith in this Savior has saved people in all ages both Old and New Testament times.  God has predestined some to eternal life and by grace changes their nature through regeneration of their spirit.  He permits the rest to remain in their lost condition living out their natural will to rebel (Rom 9:22-23; Mt. 24:22; Mk. 13:27; Rom. 11:7; II Tim. 2:10; Titus 1:1; I Peter 1:1; Acts 13:48; Jn. 6:37; 10:27-29; 6:39, 44, 65; 17:6,9).

God the Son:  The Son by His own will submitted to the plan of the Father to take upon himself a human body and a suitable nature that was able to be tempted.  As prophesied in Scripture He was born in the lineage of king David which goes back to Adam.  Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the human virgin Mary. Like no other, Jesus lived a sinless life and purposefully died on the cross at the hands of sinners in order to pay the penalty for sin which is death.  Jesus took upon Himself the wrath of God on all sin and is able to unite sinners to God by faith.  Jesus died, was buried, and is risen alive in bodily form.  He ascended bodily into heaven and currently sits at the right hand of the Father ruling and reigning over his kingdom (the church) as Lord.  He will return the same way he left.  He is coming to judge the living and the dead in one final event.  Jesus will separate believers from unbelievers sending the wicked to eternal punishment and his people into eternal life with glorious resurrected bodies.  Believers will glorify and enjoy God forever.

Believers:  Believers are all the elect who God sovereignly predestined prior to the foundation of the world to be effectually drawn to Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit when they hear the gospel. No person chooses God but when these hear the gospel they believe in Christ and are declared righteous by God (1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1,4,5; Rom. 9:11-16; Acts 13:48).  God imputes the righteousness of Jesus Christ to the person and they are immediately adopted as children of God.  This regeneration means the Holy Spirit dwells in them giving them new desires to increasingly glorify God by behaving righteously.  They repent of sins at conversion and afterwards.  They are now able to do good works that are intended to glorify God as a fruit of their faith.  These people are not able to persevere to the end of life on their own but are kept by God through the work of the Holy Spirit. This makes their salvation sure because once God begins this work in them He is sure to finish it. Our assurance of salvation is not based on our feeble humanly hold on Christ but on Gods sure grip on the believer (John 10:28)

Life of a Believer:  Believers desire to please God by being diligent to make their calling and election sure.  By the grace of God they desire to be obedient to His moral law which is summarized in the Ten Commandments.  Believers do this because they love the God who has saved them.  They desire to hate the things God hates and love the things God loves.  They desire to be obedient in all things but fail and must rely on the work of Jesus to cover their sin so that they are able to stand before God and be saved.  Man fails in obedience in many areas which include making up their own moral code and idols that suit their idea of God.  A believer is to follow the Word of God in all matters of faith and worship.

The Church:  The Church is the people of God from all ages. In Acts 7:38 Stephen refers to the Old Testament people of God as the ἐκκλησίᾳ (ekklēsia) which is translated congregation, church, and assembly.  All true believers are part of the church of Jesus Christ by faith.  Members are to gather together on Sunday in order to glorify and worship God by praying, hearing the Word read and preached, singing psalms and hymns, and receiving sacraments.  Under the old covenant with Israel the Sabbath day was extremely strict but when Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, things changed.  From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, [the Sabbath] was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath. The original Sabbath was pictured as having no end due to not continuing the “evening and morning” structure of the other days. So, it is now that due to Christ there is no end to our rest in His finished work which is celebrated on the Lords Day until the consummation of time(Ex. 19; Hebrews 8:13; Matt. 11:28; Heb. 4:10). The church is to be orderly as God is orderly in all things according to the prescription of God in Scripture.  This earthly church is to be led by males who are to preach, rule, administer sacraments such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper according to Scripture.  Baptism is for the children of believers just as circumcision was in the Old Testament. These leaders must also discipline members who are negligent in doctrine or life out of love for their soul and to the glory of God. As for the Lord’s Supper Christ is spiritually present.

Published by SReed

Attends Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church. I'm a sinner saved by the work of God in me and not a work of my own.

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