Thursday, October 2, 2014

Craig's Catechism: My Favorite Passages - Part 5

Craig's Catechism: My Favorite Passages - Part 1
Craig's Catechism: My Favorite Passages - Part 2
Craig's Catechism: My Favorite Passages - Part 3
Craig's Catechism: My Favorite Passages - Part 4
Craig's Catechism: My Favorite Passages - Part 5


In a previous post, I began highlighting a number of passages from John Craig's two catechisms from the 16th century. Both catechisms are featured in my newest book Knox's Colleague: The Life and Catechisms of John Craig. Below are ten more favorites:
Q. How should we behave ourselves toward the Word?
A. We should love, receive, &obey it as God’s eternal truth.

Q. How should we use the Word?
A. We should read it and hear it reverently.

"[A]s the ministers are commanded to teach, even so are we commanded to hear them."

Q. Are the Scriptures obscure and hard?
A. The Holy Spirit will help the willing.

Q. How do the sacraments differ from the Word?
A. They speak to the eye and the Word to the ear.

Q. Out of what fountain does our stability flow?
A. Out of God’s eternal and unchanging election in Christ.

Q. What works sanctification?
A. The hatred of sin and love of godliness.

Q7. Who can deliver us from this bondage?
A. Only God can bring life out of death.

Q43. What then is our only joy in life and death?
A. That all our sins past, present and future are buried and Christ only is made our wisdom, justification, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Q45. What shall we gather from this whole discourse?
A. How miserable we are through Adam and how blessed we are through Christ. (Philippians 3:8)

For more:
New Book Announcement - "Knox's Colleague: The Life and Ministry of John Craig"
The First Cause of Our Salvation: John Craig on God's Eternal Election
John Craig on the Difference Between the Law and the Gospel
"The School of Faith" by Thomas F. Torrance: A Review
"Scottish Theology" by T. F. Torrance: A Review 
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