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The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance in the Saints Westminster Larger Catechism Q57-89

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An Outline of the Larger Catecism

The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance in the SaintsWestminster Larger Catechism Q57-89Setting the backgroundGOAL: Know what you believe and why you believe it!*We teach various ways in the SS: Bible survey: book of the bible, or other scripture passagesDoctrine surveyChurch history surveySpecial Topic* Borrowed from White Horse InnFor this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, (Eph 1:15-19)Our theme for the next several weeks:For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, (Eph 1:15-19)Our theme for the next several weeks:More backgroundThe WLC (and the WSC) is an OUTLINE of doctrine extracted from the Bible.Answers many (most) of the questions that we might ask regarding the Christian life and experience.We will look at the Benefits of Redemption or as Paul stated, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,. (Eph 1:18)First the context in our outline of doctrine to establish the FOUNDATION:

The WLC Begins with the EndGods word only teaches TWO things!The First questions answered:What is our ultimate purpose? To glorify God.How do we know how to achieve this purpose? The Word of God the Scriptures of the OT and NT.What do the Scriptures teach? Only TWO things!!What to believe concerning God [WHAT TO BELIEVE.]What duty God requires. [WHAT TO DO.]This pattern is not arbitrary why did they outline it this way? Because it has its roots in Scripture:Belief begets practice. What you believe WILL dictate how you behave.Biblical examples: Pauls letters Romans 1-11 explain the work of God then at 12:1 I beseech you therefore breteren by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrificeEphesians 1- 3 Declares the work of God in salvation then at 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,Even in the giving of the 10 commandments we see this pattern: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.

6A Biblical Pattern: Believe => DoThis pattern is not arbitrary why did they outline it this way?Because it has its roots in Scripture:Belief begets practice. What you believe WILL dictate how you behave. Examples:Pauls letters Romans 1-11 explain the work of God then at 12:1 I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrificeEphesians 1- 3 declares the work of God in salvation then at 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,Even in the giving of the 10 commandments we see this pattern: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. [God: This is Who I am and who you are therefore DO this]

Can you think of any other examples in the scriptures where this pattern is evident?Matt 12:33-35 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Luke 6:45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Romans 6:11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.7What is the difference between this and the Power of Positive Thinking?"This book is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.-- Norman Vincent PealeThe precursor to The Secret, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped millions of men and women to achieve fulfillment in their lives. In this phenomenal bestseller, Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action. With the practical techniques outlined in this book, you can energize your life -- and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. You'll learn how to:Expect the best and get it Believe in yourself and in everything you do Develop the power to reach your goals Break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life Improve your personal and professional relationships Assume control over your circumstances Be kind to yourself

There is no cross of Christ here no basis for redemption. No cure for what really ails humankind!8What are we to believe concerning God?What is God? A Spirit, eternally being One and Three in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.What did God do and what does He do?God executes His DECREES:God decreed to create all things that are including man and angels.God decrees to work in His creation in Providence:Established the angels yet some fellEstablished man in the Garden the covenant of works/creation:Allowed man to fall into sinDetermined to save His elect by the Covenant of GraceAdministered the Covenant of Grace by a MEDIATOR: Brought the Mediator into the world as the perfect God-Man - the Redeemer - fulfilling the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King in His:Perfect lifeSacrificial Death and burialTriumphant ResurrectionRemember, that is all under the heading of What to believe about God. We have not gotten to the part about what to DO yet!9QuestionTopicWeek57, 58The benefits of redemption & how applied110/13/201359, 60Who are the recipients?210/20/2013Justification and Sanctification: Whats the difference?Dr. David Van Drunen10/27/201361-63The visible church311/3/201364-65The Invisible Church411/10/201366-68Union with Christ &Effectual Call511/17/201369-71Communion in Grace with Christ Justification611/24/201372-73Justifying Faith712/1/201374-76Communion in Grace with Christ Adoption & Sanctification812/8/201377-78The Difference Between Justification and Sanctification912/15/201379-81Perseverance and Assurance of Believers1012/22/201382-83Communion in Glory with Christ in this life1112/29/201384-87Communion in Glory with Christ after death121/5/201488-89The Final Judgment131/12/2013Where are we going?synonyms:arbitration, conciliation, reconciliation, intervention, intercession, good offices; negotiation, shuttle diplomacy "mediation between victims and offenders"mediation /mdSHn/noun: mediation;plural noun: mediations intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration."the parties have sought mediation and it has failed"intervention in a process or relationship; intercession."they are offering sacrifice and mediation between God and man"Q. 57. What benefits hath Christ procured by his mediation?A. Christ, by his mediation, hath procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.Q. 57. What benefits hath Christ procured by his mediation?A. Christ, by his mediation, hath procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.synonyms:saving, freeing from sin, absolution "God's redemption of his people"synonyms:retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession, return "the redemption of their possessions, exchange, cashing in, conversion "the redemption of credit vouchers"paying off, paying back, discharge, clearing, honoring "the redemption of the mortgage fulfillment, carrying out, discharge, performing, honoring, meeting "the redemption of his obligations"redemption /ridempSHn/noun: redemption;plural noun: redemptions the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil."God's plans for the redemption of his world"a thing that saves someone from error or evil."his marginalization from the Hollywood jungle proved to be his redemption" the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.Q. 57. What benefits hath Christ procured by his mediation?A. Christ, by his mediation, hath procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.LATINred-backLATINemerebuyLATINredimerelate Middle Englishredeembuy backOLD FRENCHredimerlate Middle English (in the sense buy back): from Old French redimer or Latin redimere , from re(d)- back + emere buy.

September 1931. A dark and stormy night. Windy, at any rate. On the grounds of Magdalen College, Oxford, two tweed-jacketed, pipe-puffing professors go crunching down the gravel path known as Addison's Walk, under the deeper shadows of an ancient grove of trees -- a mysterious, murky wood where, in the blustery darkness, it's easy to imagine elves among the branches. "Look!" says one of them, a tall, long-faced fellow with the furrowed brow and twinkling eyes of a sage or wizard. He points to a large oak. "There it stands," he says, "its feet in the earth, its head among the stars.

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