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How are we Righteous before God?

Question 60. How are you righteous before God?

Answer: Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. That is: although my conscience accuse me, that I have grievously sinned against all the commandments of God, and have never kept any of them, and that I am still prone always to all evil, yet God without any merit of mine, of mere grace, grants and imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never committed nor had any sin, and had myself accomplished all the obedience which Christ has fulfilled for me, if only I accept such benefit with a believing heart.

Question 62. But why cannot our good works be the whole or part of our righteousness before God?

Answer: Because the righteousness which can stand before the judgment-seat of God, must be perfect throughout and wholly conformable to the divine law; whereas even our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin.

From The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 23 & 24


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Q.33. What is justification?

A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.                                               Westminster Shorter Catechism


Of Justification

Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for their whole and sole righteousness by faith, which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.

From the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 6

Question 16. Why must he be very man, and also perfectly righteous?

Answer: Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned, should likewise make satisfaction for sin; and one, who is himself a sinner, cannot satisfy for others.

Question 17. Why must he in one person be also very God?

Answer: That he might, by the power of his Godhead sustain in his human nature, the burden of God’s wrath; and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and life.

Question 18. Who then is that Mediator, who is in one person both very God, and a real righteous man?

Answer: Our Lord Jesus Christ: “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

Question 19. From where do you know this?

Answer: From the holy gospel, which God himself first revealed in Paradise; and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets, and represented by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law; and lastly, has fulfilled it by his only begotten Son.

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A Thought on Sin and Repentance

That although there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation, yet there is no sin so great that it shall bring damnation on them that repent.

—- an excerpt from Chapter 15 of The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

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Introducing a New Blog

I’d like to begin this post by thanking all those who follow my LIGHT in the Darkness blog including those who receive it by email. I’m writing today to introduce to you a second blog that I started a month or so ago. I’ve named it Daily Baptist Confession.

The purpose of the blog is to publicly post each day a paragraph from the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith aka 1689 London Baptist Confession and also a Baptist catechism question and answer.

I started this blog with these scriptures in mind.

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  John 17:3

My intent is to post daily and give you some doctrinal point to think or meditate on each day. If you’re interested you can follow by email or if you are a WordPress member simply click that button on the Home page. You can read it on your phone during your lunch hour, while taking a break or just sit down at the computer and access it.

I thank you for your consideration and consider this your invitation.


My prayer is that our triune God will be glorified and His church edified in the faith once for all delivered to the saints.




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Happy Friday But Sunday’s Coming!!

Over the last four years or so I’ve learned to enjoy singing the Psalms, something that previously had been missing in my walk with the Lord Jesus. To my Presbyterian brethren I will forever be grateful for bringing this to light for me. After all, did Paul not write “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” or “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”?

Since today is the 113th day of the year I will share Psalm 113 from the Trinity Psalter. It may be sung to the tune of “Take My Life and Let It Be”, remember, for this tune repeat the last line of each stanza. Happy Friday but remember, like the old preacher said, “but Sunday’s coming!”


Psalm 113

Praise Jehovah; praise the Lord;

Ye His servants, praise accord;

Bless-ed be Jehovah’s name;

Evermore His praise proclaim.

From the dawn to setting sun,

Praise the Lord, the Mighty One.

O’er all nations He is high;

Yea,His glory crowns the sky.

Who is like the Lord our God?

High in heav’n is His abode,

Who Himself doth humble low

Things in heav’n and earth to know.

He the lowly makes to rise

From the dust in which He lies,

That exalted he may stand

With the princes of the land.

He the childless woman takes

And a joyful mother makes;

Keeping house she finds reward.

Praise Jehovah; praise the Lord.

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April 22, 2016 · 7:24 AM

Letter excerpt from Samuel Rutherford

From the Letters of Samuel Rutherford, number CCCXLVIII ~~~ To my Lady Kenmure (God’s Dealings With The Land)


“Oh, Madam, if the Lord would help us to more self-judging, and to make sure an interest in Christ! Ah, we forget eternity, and it approaches quickly.”

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