Commitments to What?

There are a lot of commitments that we all have in this world. Our contributors at The 1646 are no strangers to that; however, unlike the commitments we face on a humanly sphere between spouses and friends, those who contribute to The 1646 have in addition to that a special commitment to the God who is revealed to humanity in the book commonly known as the Bible. With that said, wherever you may be in your life, we hope to share with you not only the reason for our commitments but also why this commitment to our God will enrich your life as well. Below we have listed some of our commitments if you wish to peruse through them.

Our Commitments to the LORD

We believe that God has made Himself known to us through everything we see, hear, touch, and think (Psalm 19:1); yet, we believe that we cannot know this God and His will fully without Him making Himself known to us in extraordinary ways.

One very important way that God revealed Himself to us is through the Bible by having the words He spoke through His prophets (who kind of functioned like God's lawyers) be written down. This is why the Bible which is a collection of these writings is said to be breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16) Since we believe that God breathed out these words, we also believe that the Bible must be without error (Numbers 23:19) and unfalsifiable (Proverbs 30:5) because God is without error and always true.

The Bible teaches us that the God who spoke these words is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19). The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have always existed together and are equals. We will confess that we do not entirely understand this but like ants trying to comprehend humans, the LORD is much larger than our own understandings.

This Bible also teaches us that Jesus, who is "the Son" humbled Himself by taking on human nature. Jesus did this so that He could save rebellious people like us (1 Tim. 1:15) who ever since Adam (our first father) have committed ourselves to bringing down God. Jesus did this by fulfilling all of God's good standards for human flourishing (Gal. 4:4-5) which we discarded like unknowing children who do not take heed of their parents' wisdom and burn their hands on the hot stove. Jesus died the death that we deserve as people who often seek our own ways and end up hurting others. He did this in order to appease the demands of justice and to satisfy God's anger at the destruction of His good creation by our own hands (1 John 2:2, 2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus was then buried and remained dead for a time (John 19:38-42).

Then by the power of the Holy Spirit who breathes and gives life to all, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day after His burial. Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1) and has been given authority to come judge the world and to make things right once and for all (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Tim. 4:1). We believe that we are made partakers of what Jesus did for us when we commit ourselves to Him by His Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). We commit ourselves to this LORD in anticipation for when He will come to judge every person and to make all things right.

If you wish to see a fuller explanation of our commitments please take a look at the commitments held by various Presbyterian churches around the globe. These commitments are written down in what are called the "Doctrinal Standards": The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger & Shorter Catechisms.