The Reformed Standard | Theological Questions and Answers from the Reformed Confessional Tradition

The Reformed Standard | Theological Questions and Answers from the Reformed Confessional Tradition

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Q18
Jan 22 • 5 min
What are God’s works of providence?A. God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures; ordering them, and all their actions, to his own glory.Genesis 45:77 And God sent me before you to preserve…
Scots Confession: Chapter 2 - Of the Creation of Man
Jan 17 • 8 min
We confess and acknowledge this our God to have created man (to wit, our first father Adam) to his own image and similitude, to whom he gave wisdom, lordship, justice, free will, and clear knowledge of himself; so that in the whole nature of man there…
Scots Confession: Chapter 1 - Of God
Jan 15 • 8 min
We confess and acknowledge one only God, to whom only we must cleave, whom only we must serve, whom only we must worship, and in whom only we must put our trust: who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable, incomprehensible, omnipotent, invisible; one in…
Q17
Jan 10 • 10 min
Q. 17. How did God create man?A. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female; formed the body of the man of the dust of the ground, and the woman of the rib of the man, endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal souls;…
Q16
Jan 8 • 9 min
Q. 16. How did God create angels?A. God created all the angels spirits, immortal, holy, excelling in knowledge, mighty in power, to execute his commandments, and to praise his name, yet subject to change.2 Samuel 14:1717 And your servant thought, ‘The…
Q15
Jan 3 • 9 min
What is the work of creation?A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good.Genesis 1:1–311 In the…
Q14
Jan 1 • 7 min
How doth God execute his decrees?A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will.Psalm 148:88 fire and hail, snow and mist,stormy wind…
Q13
Dec 27, 2018 • 7 min
What hath God especially decreed concerning angels and men?A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his mere love, for the praise of his glorious grace, to be manifested in due time, hath elected some angels to glory; and in Christ hath chosen…
Q12
Dec 25, 2018 • 6 min
Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?A. God’s decrees are the wise, free, and holy acts of the counsel of his will, whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably foreordained whatsoever comes to pass in time, especially concerning…
Nicene Creed: The Economy of Redemption
Dec 20, 2018 • 6 min
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.1 Samuel 19:2020 Then Saul sent messengers to take David, and…
Nicene Creed: The Holy Spirit
Dec 18, 2018 • 7 min
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.Matthew 3:16–1716 And when Jesus was baptized,…
Nicene Creed: The Son
Dec 13, 2018 • 8 min
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.Who, for us…
Nicene Creed: The Father
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.Genesis 1:11 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.Exodus 6:33 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty,…
Q11
Dec 6, 2018 • 5 min
How doth it appear that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father?A. The Scriptures manifest that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father, ascribing unto them such names, attributes, works, and worship, as are proper to God…
Q10
Dec 4, 2018 • 5 min
What are the personal properties of the three persons in the Godhead?A. It is proper to the Father to beget the Son, and to the Son to be begotten of the Father, and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternity.John 1:1414…
Q9
Nov 29, 2018 • 3 min
How many persons are there in the Godhead?A. There be three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their…
Q8
Nov 27, 2018 • 6 min
Q. 8. Are there more Gods than one?A. There is but one only, the living and true God.Deuteronomy 6:44 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Isaiah 44:66 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israeland his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:“I am the first…
Q7
Nov 22, 2018 • 5 min
Q. 7. What is God?A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most…
Q6
Nov 20, 2018 • 4 min
What do the Scriptures make known of God?A. The Scriptures make known what God is, the persons in the Godhead, his decrees, and the execution of his decrees.Exodus 34:6–76 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and…
Q5
Nov 15, 2018 • 7 min
What do the Scriptures principally teach?A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.WGenesis 1:11 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.Exodus 35:6–76 blue and purple and…
Q4
Nov 13, 2018 • 6 min
How doth it appear that the Scriptures are the Word of God?A. The Scriptures manifest themselves to be the Word of God, by their majesty and purity; by the consent of all the parts, and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to God; by their…
Q3
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
A. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.Galatians 1:8–98 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be…
Q2
Nov 6, 2018 • 5 min
A. The very light of nature in man, and the works of God, declare plainly that there is a God; but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him unto men for their salvation.Psalm 19:1–31 The heavens declare the glory of God,and the…
Q1
Nov 1, 2018 • 6 min
What is the chief and highest end of man?A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.Psalm 16:5–115 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;you hold my lot.6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;indeed, I…