Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 21

    Q. 42. What is the sum of the ten commandments?
    A. The sum of the ten commandments is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.

    Q. 43. What is the preface to the ten commandments?
    A. The preface to the ten commandments is in these words, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    Q. 44. What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us?
    A. The preface to the ten commandments teaches us that because God is the Lord, and our God, and redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments.

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  •  Westminster Shorter Catechism – Week 20

    Q. 39. What is the duty which God requireth of man?
    A. The duty which God requireth of man is obedience to his revealed will.

    Q. 40. What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
    A. The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience was the moral law.

    Q. 41. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended?
    A. The moral law is summarily comprehended in the Ten Commandments.

    Exposition

    In order to notice the transition that is taking place here we need to think all the way back to the third question and answer of the catechism:

    Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
    A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

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  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 19

    Q. 37. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?
    A. The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory; and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves till the resurrection.

    Q. 38. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
    A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.

    Exposition
    More benefits. In Christ they just keep on coming! At death our souls are ushered immediately into Christ’s presence. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. So while we hate death and fear it, rightly, we also recognize that … Read More »