Morning Studies…

As you probably know by now, Jonathan and I will be moving to the Philadelphia area this summer as he will be starting his MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary. In preparation for potentially being a pastor’s wife, I thought it wise to begin serious study of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the doctrinal standard for the Presbyterian Church in America (where Jon plans on being ordained eventually). Now, there are a couple copies of this in our bookshelf, and this confession is easily accessed online, but for someone who is relatively new to reformed theology (namely, myself), I decided to go with a well regarded study guide to help me out. Though I am only about 1/4 of the way through it, I can say without a doubt this has been a helpful tool thus far and recommend it to anyone looking to go a little deeper and gain a clearer understanding of this very old, beautifully worded & Scripturally sound creed.
Having said all of that, I now go to the point of this entry! This morning’s study comes from The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter II, paragraphs 2-3. This chapter focuses on God’s covenant with man and I just want to share something that G.I. Williamson (author of the study guide) wrote that struck me this morning. He states “The life and salvation offered in the Arminian version of the gospel is merely a potential or possible salvation, because it depends upon certain actions and attitudes that do not yet exist, and will not exist unless men originate them. But the life and salvation offered sinners in the Reformed version of the gospel is actual, because it depends upon God alone not only for the end to be attained, but also for the creation of those attitudes and actions in us that are necessary for the receiving of that end.” Wow…just…wow! One of the things that I love so much about Reformed theology: it is not up to man, but up to God! There is no way that my salvation can be dependent upon my actions and my attitudes alone…for Paul quotes the Psalmist in Romans 3:10-12 “…None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” Thanks be to God that it is not up to me…and praise God for giving me faith so that I may believe! Amen!

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