Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 2

Q & A 2
Q How does it appear that there is a God?
A The very light of nature in man, and the works of God, declare plainly that there is a God;1 but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him unto men for their salvation.2

Q & A 3
Q What is the Word of God?
A The holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God,3 the only rule of faith and obedience.4

Q & A 4
Q How does it appear that the Scriptures are of the Word of God?
A The Scriptures manifest themselves to be the Word of God, by their majesty5 and purity;6 by the consent of all the parts,7 and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to God;8 by their light and power to convince and convert sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto salvation:9 but the Spirit of God bearing witness by and with the Scriptures in the heart of man, is alone able fully to persuade it that they are the very word of God.10

Q & A 5
Q 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.*11

*1 Romans 1:19-20; Psalm 19:1-3; Acts 17:28.
*2 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 59:21.
*3 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
*4 Ephesians 2:20; Revelation 22:18-19; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Timothy 3:15-16.
*5 Hosea 8:12; 1 Corinthians 2:6-7, 13; Psalm 119:18, 129.
*6 Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:140.
*7 Acts 10:43; Acts 26:22.
*8 Romans 3:19, 27.
*9 Acts 18:28; James 1:18; Psalm 19:7-9; Romans 15:4; Acts 20:32.
*10 John 16:13-14; 1 John 2:20, 27; John 20:31.
*11 2 Timothy 1:13.

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