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Baptist Confession of 1689: Of the Law of God

CHAPTER 19—OF THE LAW OF GOD

Paragraph 1. God gave to Adam a law of universal obedience written in his heart, and a particular precept of not eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, (Gen 1:27; Ecc 7:29); by which he bound him and all his posterity to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience, (Rom 10:5); promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it, and endued him with power and ability to keep it, (Gal 3:10, 12).

Paragraph 2. The same law that was first written in the heart of man continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness after the fall, (Rom 2:14-15); and was delivered by God upon Mount Sinai, in Ten Commandments, and written in two tables, the four first containing our duty towards God, and the other six, our duty to man, (Deu 10:4).

Paragraph 3. Besides this law, commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits, (Hbr 10:1; Col. 2:17); and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties, (1Co 5:7); all which ceremonial laws being appointed only to the time of reformation, are, by Jesus Christ the true Messiah and only law-giver, who was furnished with power from the Father for that end abrogated and taken away, (Col 2:14, 16, 17; Eph. 2:14, 16).

Paragraph 4. Prayer is to be made for things lawful, and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter, (1Ti 2:1-2; 2Sa 7:29); but not for the dead, (2Sa 12:21-23); nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death, (1Jo 5:16).

Paragraph 5. The reading of the Scriptures, (1Ti 4:13); preaching, and hearing the Word of God, (2Ti 4:2; Luk 8:18); teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord, (Col 3:16; Eph 5:19); as also the administration of baptism, (Mat 28:19-20); and the Lord’s supper, (1Co 11:26); are all parts of religious worship of God, to be performed in obedience to him, with understanding, faith, reverence, and godly fear; moreover, solemn humiliation, with fastings, (Est 4:16; Joel 2:12); and thanksgivings, upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy and religious manner, (Exd 15:1-19; Psa 107).

Paragraph 6. Neither prayer nor any other part of religious worship, is now under the gospel, tied unto, or made more acceptable by any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed; but God is to be worshipped everywhere in spirit and in truth, (Jhn 4:21; Mal 1:11; 1Ti 2:8); as in private families, (Act 10:2); daily, (Mat 6:11; Psa 55:17); and in secret each one by himself, (Mat 6:6); so more solemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly nor wilfully to be neglected or forsaken, when God by his word or providence calls thereunto, (Hbr 10:25; Act 2:42).

Paragraph 7. As it is the law of nature, that in general a proportion of time, by God’s appointment, be set apart for the worship of God, so by his Word, in a positive moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men, in all ages, he has particularly appointed one day in seven for a sabbath to be kept holy unto him, (Exd 20:8); which from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ was the last day of the week, and from the resurrection of Christ was changed into the first day of the week, which is called the Lord’s Day, (1Co 16:1-2; Act 20:7; Rev 1:10): and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath, the observation of the last day of the week being abolished.

Paragraph 8. The sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering their common affairs aforehand, do not only observe a holy rest all day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their worldly employment and recreations, (Isa 58:13; Neh 13:15-22); but are also taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy, (Mat 12:1-13).


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