Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 20

What man is to believe concerning God

Question: Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?

Answer: God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, (Eph. 1:4) did enter into a (covenant of grace), to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer. (Rom. 3:20–22Gal. 3:21–22)

Scripture Support

Eph. 1:4 just as aHe chose us in Him before bthe foundation of the world, that we would be choly and blameless before 1Him din love,

Rom. 3:20 because aby the works 1of the Law NO FLESH WILL BE JUSTIFIED IN HIS SIGHT, for 2bthrough the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

Rom. 3:21 ¶ But now apart 1from the Law athe righteousness of God has been manifested, being bwitnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

Rom. 3:22 even the arighteousness of God through bfaith cin Jesus Christ for dall those 1who believe; for ethere is no distinction;

Gal. 3:21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? aMay it never be! For bif a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed be by law.

Gal. 3:22 But the Scripture has ashut up 1everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture support comes from the Legacy Standard Bible in Accordance.

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