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Lord’s Day Reflections: WCF 2.2

This week we’re looking at article two in chapter two of the Westminster Confession of Faith:

God has 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 has made, nor 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 has most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself 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 in 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.

Westminster Confession of Faith 2.2

This article can be summarized by saying that God is entirely self-sufficient, that the existence and continuation of all things depends on Him, and that we owe Him our worship for those reasons. The Christian has two reasons to worship and serve God. First, he owes his existence to a God who spoke him into being and has provided life, breath, and everything. Secondly, he has been forgiven for not rendering to God the worship and service He deserves. The Christian owes God everything twice over.

God has never needed anyone to exist, but has always “alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient”. All things depend on Him for their existence, and owe Him their being for that reason. He is sovereign Lord of all and free to do as He pleases. Praise God that He chose to forgive and save His rebellious subjects. Let’s remember today that we have not one, but two reasons to worship and serve God: creation and redemption.

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