The Westminster Confession of Faith: Of the Communion of Saints.  

We will continue to devote each Lord’s Day weekend in 2022 at 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, 2022. I trust you will be edified and encouraged each week by The Westminster Confession of Faith.

Chapter Twenty Six. Of the Communion of Saints.

1. All saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head, by his Spirit and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory:a and being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces,b and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.c

a. John 1:16Rom 6:5-6Eph 2:5-63:16-19Phil 3:102 Tim 2:121 John 1:3. • b. 1 Cor 3:21-2312:7Eph 4:15-16Col 2:19. • c. Rom 1:11-1214Gal 6:101 Thes 5:11141 John 3:16-18.

2. Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification;a as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offers opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who, in every place, call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.b

a. Isa 2:3Acts 2:42461 Cor 11:20Heb 10:24-25. • b. Acts 2:44-4511:29-30; 2 Cor 8-9 throughout; 1 John 3:17.

3. This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of his Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm is impious and blasphemous.a Nor doth their communion one with another, as saints, take away or infringe the title or propriety which each man hath in his goods and possessions.b

a. Psa 45:7 with Heb 1:8-9Isa 42:81 Cor 8:6Col 1:18-191 Tim 6:15-16. • b. Exod 20:15Acts 5:4Eph 4:28.

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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