Sunday, 21 September 2008

WCF Chapter 2.1-2 flow chart

Here are section 1&2 of the Chapter 2 of the WCF laid out to show their flow. Compare this with the 39 Articles and the Irish Articles which were the direct historical precursors of the WCF. Both simply say "There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible". The WCF is so much fuller and deals with God's ongoing relation to the creation.

1 There is but one only living and true God,

            who is infinite in being and perfection,

            a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions,

            most holy,

            most free,

            most absolute,

            working all things

                        according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will,            

                                    for his own glory;

            most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering,

            abundant in goodness and truth,

            forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin;

            the rewarder of them that diligently seek him ;

            and withal most just and terrible in his judgements hating all sin ,

                         and who will by no means clear the guilty.


2   God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself;

            and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient,

                        not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made,

                        not deriving any glory from them,

                                    but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto and upon them:

            he is the alone fountain of all being,

                        of whom, through whom, and to whom, are all things;

            and hath most sovereign dominion over them,

                        to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever he pleases.

            In his sight all things are open and manifest;

            his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature,

                         so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain.

            He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works and all his commands.

            To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature,

                         whatsoever worship, service, or obedience, he is pleased to require of them.

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