When we began our study of the Gospel of John, I indicated the key themes contained in this fourth gospel. There are quite a few. More than you might initially think. One of the most important themes in John’s Gospel concerned the identity of Jesus Christ. I re-shared yesterday one of the first blogs from this series regarding that subject of who Jesus is.
Today, I share with you from the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). As you may recall from our study of The Puritans, the WCF was/is a Reformed confession of faith. Drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly as part of the Westminster Standards to be a confession of the Church of England, it became and remains the “subordinate standard” of doctrine in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide. The phrase “subordinate standard” indicates that the WCF is ultimately subordinate to the Scriptures.
Chapter Eight of the Confession contains a valuable summary of the person and work of Jesus Christ. If you want to know who Jesus is, familiarize yourself with what the Puritans compiled in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
I will reproduce the content from the Confession, followed by its biblical foundation. There are eight sections concerning Jesus Christ. We will share a section each day for eight days. Enjoy!
Section VI is as follows. It will be identified as (1) Confessional Statement followed by its (2) Biblical Foundation.
Although the work of redemption was not actually wrought by Christ till after His incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefits thereof were communicated unto 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 of the woman which should bruise the serpent’s head; and the Lamb slain from the beginning of the world; being yesterday and today the same, and forever.
 GALATIANS 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. GENESIS 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. HEBREWS 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
This is who Jesus is.
Soli deo Gloria!