August 15, 2019 by directorfsm
The following are from A Puritan Catechism Compiled by C. H. Spurgeon
I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times, and therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster Assembly’s and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and congregation. Those who use it in their families or classes must labour to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully learned by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass. May the Lord bless my dear friends and their families evermore, is the prayer of their loving Pastor. – – C. H. Spurgeon
Q2: What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify him?
A2: The Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments ( Ephesians 2:20 ; 2 Timothy 3:16 ) is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify God and enjoy him. ( 1 John 1:3 )
Our main text has two main themes God is a God of Peace and He is a God of Sanctification. The first is easy to understand or so it would seem.
God wants us to have peace in our lives. Yet if this is so (and it is preached from many a pulpit wrongly today) how can we account for the thousands possibly millions of believers around the world undergoing persecution? So the bible has to be wrong there is no other explanation! Actually there is a very logical (biblically speaking) explanation, God here (and in most cases in the bible) is speaking of spiritual eternal and internal peace. While many in this world do experience physical mental and spiritual peace nowhere does the bible guarantee this.
The second and in my mind BIGGER issue God is speaking about “equip you with everything good” here is Sanctification. As I have written about many times Sanctification is According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Q. 35), sanctification is “the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.” It is a continuing change worked by God in us, freeing us from sinful habits and forming in us Christlike affections, dispositions, and virtues. It does not mean that sin is instantly eradicated, but it is also more than a counteraction, in which sin is merely restrained or repressed without being progressively destroyed. Sanctification is a real transformation, not just the appearance of one. This is exactly what Paul meant when he said “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
The following Sermon is a highly recommend read:
The God of Peace and Our Sanctification