Quote of the day – The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689





Put forth by the 


Of many




(baptized upon Profession of their faith)

in London and the Country


Chapter 2: Of God and of the Holy Trinity

1._____The Lord our God is but one only living and true God; whose subsistence is in and of himself, infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, every way infinite, most holy, most wise, 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 judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.

( 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 48:12; Exodus 3:14; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Deuteronomy 4:15, 16; Malachi 3:6; 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23; Psalms 90:2; Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 6:3;Psalms 115:3; Isaiah 46:10; Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36; Exodus 34:6, 7; Hebrews 11:6; Nehemiah 9:32, 33; Psalms 5:5, 6; Exodus 34:7; Nahum 1:2, 3 )

2._____God, having all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself, is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which he hath 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 he hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth; 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, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience, as creatures they owe unto the Creator, and whatever he is further pleased to require of them.

( John 5:26; Psalms 148:13; Psalms 119:68; Job 22:2, 3; Romans 11:34-36; Daniel 4:25, 34, 35; Hebrews 4:13; Ezekiel 11:5; Acts 15:18; Psalms 145:17; Revelation 5:12-14 )

3._____ In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided: the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son; all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on him.

( 1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Exodus 3:14; John 14:11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:14,18; John 15:26; Galatians 4:6 )


Original HTML Coding done by mr_bill@grfn.org, a member of the Reformed Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI USA. Scripture hypertext by sdp@i2k.com.
Original July 1995. Last revised March 1996.

11 thoughts on “Quote of the day – The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689

    • Hi, Naomi! Yes, it is beautiful. And encouraging, because lately I’ve been seeing posts which reject the Holy Trinity. This has been a shock, but I think we should expect error and heresy. The Lord Jesus warned us about this.

      I’m pretty well. Glad for the Lord! How are you – is all well? I hope so!


  1. I’m putting one foot in front of the other faith-wise but under attack from the enemy particularly at night. My friend Ana prayed for me today and I can’t hear their voices anymore, which is a blessed relief.
    If you could pray for my complete deliverance from all diabolical attacks from the enemy, that would be great.
    God bless you. 🙂

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  2. Thank you for publishing this. There is an earlier Baptist confession (1644) which, in the matter of our sanctification is more Scriptural. The 1689 gives an undue emphasis to Moses in this, whereas the 1644 rightly points to the Lord Jesus. Still, all in all, much better than a lot of what we hear and read today. Thanks again for posting it.

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    • Clarence, I’m so glad you read and commented on this. Recently I’ve been concerned because Oneness – Jesus Only – advocates are blogging and teaching at WordPress. This is an antidote I can give since I can’t teach – just proclaim. Christians who know and confess the triune nature of God are even reading and “liking” posts by one such teacher.

      About the 1644 Confession, thank you for letting me know about its more Biblical affirmation on sanctification! I appreciate knowing this and will go find it. We own the 1689 version.


      • The 1689 version is popular with Reformed Baptists, in part because of the emphasis on Moses. Even though i believe in the Doctrines of Grace and defend them on the blog, I don’t consider myself Reformed, just Baptist. And to be fair, some of the divines who put together the First London Confession, as it’s known, also had input on the 1689 confession. As for you “can’t teach,” maybe not as we consider it today, but the fact that you post sound teaching on your blog is more profitable to your readers than most of what’s out there now. Besides. we can only plant and water, but God has to give the increase. May He do that much with your efforts. God bless you, dear sister.

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        • Thank you for the information about those involved in both versions – this is helpful. When it comes to studying such things, details are significant and teach a lot. Thank you for the specific encouragement – this helps too!

          I wanted your thoughts on Bible versions. Almost trapped in the KJV controversy, I just bought James White’s book The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations? I’m finding it helpful, very. My trust isn’t shaken and this is what I need. It was recommended by mature Christian men, one in ministry. My husband is also studying this. If you’ve written about this, just tell me to search your blog.
          God bless you, Clarence!


          • Ah, yes, the KJV-only folks. I’ve known a few of them. I do have respect for the KJV since I grew up on it and my wife tells me even in our reading now (from the NKJV) that I sometimes actually quote the KJV instead of the NKJV. I also like the ESV (English Standard Version) and am thinking about switching over to it on the blog. The NASB (New American Standard Bible) is good, too. But you’ll hear different things from different sources. I don’t think I’ve ever addressed the issue on the blog, maybe in passing – might be an idea for a post or two. The main thing is to read the Word faithfully and seek by the grace of God to live by it. It saddens me now little even Christians seems to know of the Word. It is, after all, a result of God’s grace toward us that He would give us such a record of Himself. I don’t think it will go well with us if we know the cable listings more than we do the Word when we stand before Him.
            As for the book you mention, I don’t think I’ve read it. I might have to get it.
            God’s best to you and yours, Maria.

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