A Little Time With The 1689: Day 46


Day 46

Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter 2, Paragraph 2.

“…he is most holy in all his Counsels, in all his Works,…”

Scripture Lookup

Psalm 145:17.


If you spend any time among Calvinistic or Reformed churches, you may hear the phrase “the whole counsel of God”. It is stressed that you want a church that preaches and teaches the whole counsel of God found in the Scriptures, everything that God has to say and teach us. Why is that important? What is so special about the counsel of God?

God’s counsels and works are “most holy”. When we come to Scripture and learn about God and His work of redemption in history, when we learn about His commandments and precepts, we are learning things that are righteous and good. His thoughts and actions are above any others.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

-Isaiah 55:8,9

If all of God’s counsels and works are most holy, wouldn’t we want to learn as much as we can of them? Wouldn’t we want to tell others as much as we could about this holy and righteous God and His ways? Yet many churches today seek the approval of man. They don’t want to teach the things that might be hard sayings (John 6) for fear of losing approval, money, or reputation.

Seek the churches that preach the whole counsel of God. Be thankful that they do!

Questions to Consider

  • Are there any counsels or works of God that you might have considered not holy?

The Confessing Baptist: Hercules Collins’ The Orthodox Catechism

Our very own Junior reproduced The Orthodox Catechism, below is an intro, and a link to the Scrib’d version.

In 1680, Pastor Hercules_Collins of Old Gravel Lane Particular Baptist Church, London, England, and Subscriber to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, revised the Heidelberg_Catechism for his church and published it as the Orthodox Catechism.

Included in the Orthodox Catechism are two sections rejected by the 1677 General Assembly of Particular Baptists, those being “Of Singing of Psalms and &” and “Of the Laying on of Hands”. Although rejected by the London Assembly, these two sections were added by the Philadelphia Baptist Association to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith and published in 1742 as the Philadelphia Baptist Confession of Faith.

Get it here.

from The Confessing Baptist.

The Confessing Baptist: Book Giveaway & New Podcast

We are excited to announce to you the inaugural episode of The Confessing Baptist Podcast!

Today we explain why we made ConfessingBaptist.com and this podcast, followed up by the background of the three main guys behind this.

After that, we talk about some Reformed Baptist news and give you a preview of next week’s episode featuring Pascal Denault on his new book ‘The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology.’”

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