The result was The Baptist Catechism. To see the scripture references, please have a look at this online version of The Baptist Catechism or download the PDF. Questions Q1. Who is the first and chiefest being?
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The result was The Baptist Catechism. To see the scripture references, please have a look at this online version of The Baptist Catechism or download the PDF. Questions Q1. Who is the first and chiefest being? God is the first and chiefest being. Ought everyone to believe there is a God? Everyone ought to believe there is a God; and it is their great sin and folly who do not. What is the chief end of man? How may we know there is a God?
The light of nature in man and the works of God plainly declare there is a God; but His Word and Spirit only do it fully and effectually for the salvation of sinners. What is the Word of God? May all men make use of the Holy Scriptures? All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the Holy Scriptures. What things are chiefly contained in the Holy Scriptures? The Holy Scriptures chiefly contain what man ought to believe concerning God, and what duty God requireth of man.
What is God? God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. Are there more gods than one?
There is but one only, the living and true God. How many persons are there in the Godhead? There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in essence, equal in power and glory. What are the decrees of God?
The decrees of God are His eternal purpose according to the counsel of His will, whereby, for His own glory, He hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass. How doth God execute His decrees? God executeth His decrees in the works of creation and providence.
What is the work of creation? How did God create man? God created man, male and female, after His own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.
What special act of providence did God exercise towards man in the estate wherein he was created? When God had created man, He entered into a covenant of life with him upon condition of perfect obedience: forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.
Did our first parents continue in the state wherein they were created? Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God. What is sin? Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
The sin whereby our parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating the forbidden fruit. The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself but for his posterity, all mankind descending from him by ordinary generation sinned in him, and fell with him in his first transgression.
Into what estate did the fall bring mankind? The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell? What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell? All mankind by their fall lost communion with God, are under His wrath and curse, and so made liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell for ever.
Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery? God having out of His mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer. How did Christ, being the Son of God become man? Christ the Son of God became man by taking to Himself a true body, and a reasonable soul; being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin.
What offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer? Christ as our Redeemer executeth the offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in His state of humiliation and exaltation. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet? Christ executeth the office of prophet in revealing to us, by His Word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.
How doth Christ execute the office of a priest? Christ executeth the office of priest in His once offering up Himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us. How doth Christ execute the office of a king? Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to Himself, in ruling, and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all His and our enemies.
How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ? We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us by His Holy Spirit. How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ? The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ, in our effectual calling. What is effectual calling? What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?
They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption, sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.
What is justification? What is adoption? What is sanctification? What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification? What benefits do believers receive from Christ at their death? The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory; and their bodies being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves, till the resurrection. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
At the resurrection believers, being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged, and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed, both in soul and body, in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity. But what shall be done to the wicked at their death?
The souls of the wicked shall, at their death, be cast into the torments of hell, and their bodies lie in their graves, till the resurrection and judgment of the great day. What shall be done to the wicked, at the day of judgment? At the day of judgment the bodies of the wicked, being raised out of their graves, shall be sentenced, together with their souls, to unspeakable torments with the devil and his angels for ever. What is the duty which God requireth of man?
The duty which God requireth of man is, obedience to His revealed will. What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience? The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience, was the moral law.
Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? The moral law is summarily comprehended in the Ten Commandments. What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? The sum of the Ten Commandments is, to love the Lord our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.
What is the preface to the Ten Commandments? The preface to the Ten Commandments is in these words; I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. What doth the preface to the Ten Commandments teach us? The preface to the Ten Commandments teacheth us that because God is the Lord, and our God and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all His commandments.
Which is the first commandment? The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. What is required in the first commandment? The first commandment requireth us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God and our God; and to worship and glorify Him accordingly. What is forbidden in the first commandment?
The first commandment forbiddeth the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying the true God, as God and our God, and the giving that worship and glory to any other, which is due unto Him alone. What are we especially taught by these words "before Me," in the first commandment? These words "before Me," in the first commandment teach us, that God, who seeth all things, taketh notice of and is much displeased with the sin of having any other god.
Which is the second commandment? The second commandment is, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
What is required in the second commandment? The second commandment requireth the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire all such religious worship and ordinances, as God hath appointed in His Word. What is forbidden in the second commandment? The second commandment forbiddeth the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in His Word.
The Baptist Catechism of 1693
It is in four volumes, and the very last document it includes is the Baptist Catechism of This was a few generations after Luther; the Reformation at this point was firmly established. We have the Lutherans, we have the Reformed church, we have the Presbyterians, and, as this catechism attests, we have the Baptists. The mystery is this: there is no first edition. It does not exist. There is a general scholarly consensus that the catechism was first published in , but the oldest copy comes to us from Second, there is mystery surrounding the author.
1695 BAPTIST CATECHISM PDF
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The 1695 Baptist Catechism
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