Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Westminster Larger Catechism: Question 7

Question 7

What is God?

God is a Spirit, (John 4:24) in and of himself infinite in being, (Exod. 3:14, Job 11:7–9) glory, (Acts 7:2) blessedness, (1 Tim. 6:15) and perfection; (Matt. 5:48) all-sufficient, (Gen. 17:1) eternal, (Ps. 90:2) unchangeable, (Mal. 3:6, James 1:17) incomprehensible, (1 Kings 8:27) every where present, (Ps. 139:1–13) almighty, (Rev. 4:8) knowing all things, (Heb. 4:13, Ps. 147:5) most wise, (Rom. 16:27) most holy, (Isa. 6:3, Rev. 15:4) most just, (Deut. 32:4) most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. (Exod. 34:6)

The Westminster Larger Catechism: With Scripture Proofs. (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1996).

What the Larger Catechism does not mention is that the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2, Section 1 says that God is also without body parts or passions.  As God is pure spirit he has no body.  But, as the late Dr. Gordon H. Clark liked to point out, many people have a problem with the idea that God has no emotions.  Just as we do not take the references in Scripture to God's nostrils or hands or feet literally, so we do not take references to God's "emotions" literally either.  These are anthropomorphisms that help us as creatures to relate to God in a way that we can understand.  But God is no more jealous or angry than the idea that he has hands or feet.  The Van Tilians have a problem with logic being God's image and likeness, yet they want to insist that God has "feelings" and "emotions."  Perhaps they are "prying into the secret being of God?"

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