The Westminster Confession of Faith: Sanctification.

We will devote each Lord’s Day in 2021 at hiswordtoday.org to present a portion of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). For those unfamiliar with the WCF, a brief explanation is appropriate. 

The Westminster Confession of Faith 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 (to Scripture) in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide.

It is to that “most precise and accurate summary of the content of biblical Christianity” that we will give our time and attention to each Lord’s Day in the year of our Lord, 2021. I trust you will be edified and encouraged each week by The Westminster Confession of Faith.

Chapter Thirteen: Sanctification.

1. They who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection,a by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them;b the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,c and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified,d and they more and more quickened and strengthened, in all saving graces,e to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.f

a. Acts 20:32Rom 6:5-61 Cor 6:11Phil 3:10. • b. John 17:17Eph 5:262 Thes 2:13. • c. Rom 6:614. • d. Rom 8:13Gal 5:24. • e. Eph 3:16-19Col 1:11. • f. 2 Cor 7:1Heb 12:14.

2. This sanctification is throughout in the whole man,a yet imperfect in this life; there abides still some remnants of corruption in every part,b whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh.c

a. 1 Thes 5:23. • b. Rom 7:1823Phil 3:121 John 1:10. • c. Gal 5:171 Pet 2:11.

3. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail,a yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome;b and so the saints grow in grace,c perfecting holiness in the fear of God.d

a. Rom 7:23. • b. Rom 6:14Eph 4:15-161 John 5:4. • c. 2 Cor 3:182 Pet 3:18. • d. 2 Cor 7:1.

I encourage you to read the portions of Scripture listed in this post.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

\Soli deo Gloria!

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