March 25, 2013

The Psalgrave Confession on the Death of Christ and the Earnest Will of God

"Of the power of the death of Christ believe we, that the death of Christ, (while he being not a bare man, but the Son of God died) is a full and all-sufficient payment, not only for our sins, but also the sins of the whole world. And that he by his death has purchased, not only forgiveness of sins, but also the new birth by the Holy Ghost, and lastly everlasting live. But we believe therewithal, that no man shall be made partaker of such a benefit, but only he that believes in him. For the Scripture is plain, where it says, He that believes not shall be damned, Mark 16:16. Also, He that believes not in the Son of God, the wrath of God abides on him. John 3:36."
A Declaration of the Pfaltzgraves: Concerning The Faith and Ceremonies Professed in His Churches, Trans. by I. R. [John Rolte] (London: Printed for Thomas Jones, and are to bee sold at his Shop in the Strand neere Yorke-House, 1637). Section 2:17, 18. Some spelling and punctuation changes have been made.

Also in A Full Declaration of the Faith and Ceremonies Professed in the dominions of the most Illustrious and noble Prince Fredericke, 5. Prince, Elector Palatine. Published for the Benefit and Satisfaction of all Gods people. According to the Original printed in the High Dutch tongue., trans. into English by John Rolte (London, Imprinted for William Welby, at the Swan in Pauls Church yard, 1614), 12-13.
"We believe further, that God hath ordained the preaching of his Gospel to this end, that he would work in us faith in Christ thereby, and that the same preaching of God the Lord, is no jest, but that it is his earnest will and intent that all people that hear such preaching, should believe the same, & should return to Christ."
Ibid., Sect. 2:21.

Also in A Full Declaration of the Faith and Ceremonies Professed in the dominions of the most Illustrious and noble Prince Fredericke, 5. Prince, Elector Palatine. Published for the Benefit and Satisfaction of all Gods people. According to the Original printed in the High Dutch tongue., trans. into English by John Rolte (London, Imprinted for William Welby, at the Swan in Pauls Church yard, 1614), 13-14.

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