02 April, 2007

The Larger Catechism on Christ's Bride

Q62: What is the visible church?
A62: The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion,[1] and of their children.[2]
1. I Cor. 1:2; 12:13; Rom. 15:9-12; Rev. 7:9; Psa. 2:8; 22:27-31; 45:17; Matt. 28:19-20; Isa. 59:212. I Cor. 7:14; Acts 2:39; Rom. 11:16; Gen. 17:7

Q63: What are the special privileges of the visible church?
A63: The visible church hath the privilege of being under God's special care and government;[1] of being protected and preserved in all ages, not withstanding the opposition of all enemies;[2] and of enjoying the communion of saints, the ordinary means of salvation,[3] and offers of grace by Christ to all the members of it in the ministry of the gospel, testifying, that whosoever believes in him shall be saved,[4] and excluding none that will come unto him.[5]
1. Isa. 4:5-6; I Tim. 4:102. Psa. 115:1-2, 9: Isa. 31:4-5; Zech. 12:2-4, 8-93. Acts 2:39, 424. Psa. 147:19-20; Rom. 9:4; Eph. 4:11-12; Mark 16:15-165. John 6:37

Q64: What is the invisible church?
A64: The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head.[1]
1. Eph. 1:20, 22-23; John 10:16, 11:52

Q65: What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy by Christ?
A65: The members of the invisible church by Christ enjoy union and communion with him in grace and glory.[1]
1. John 17:21, 24; Eph. 2:5-6


Bryan said...

I enjoyed your post, however, my comment has less to do with it and more to do with what I *tried* to e-mail you the other day.

I now have an online search engine geared toward Puritan and Reformed works and I think you would enjoy using it. If you know of any sites I left out, please let me know!

The site is: http://www.puritansearch.blogspot.com/


Mark said...

Y'know, it's remarkable that there's so much brouhaha today about something so simple. Thanks for posting, a refresher is always welcome.