1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

1. Of the Holy Scriptures
2. Of God and the Holy Trinity 
3. Of God's Decree 
4. Of Creation 
5. Of Divine Providence 
6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof 
7. Of God's Covenant 
8. Of Christ the Mediator 
9. Of Free Will 
10. Of Effectual Calling 
11. Of Justification 
12. Of Adoption 
13. Of Sanctification 
14. Of Saving Faith 
15. Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation 
16. CHAPTER 16; OF GOOD WORKS

Paragraph 1. Good works are only such as God has commanded in his Holy Word,1 and not such as without the warrant thereof are devised by men out of blind zeal, or upon any pretense of good intentions.2 

1 Mic. 6:8; Heb. 13:21 

2 Matt. 15:9; Isa. 29:13

Paragraph 2. These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith;3 and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,4 strengthen their assurance,5 edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel,6 stop the mouths of the adversaries, and glory God,7 whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto,8 that having their fruit unto holiness they may have the end eternal life.9 

3 James 2:18,22 

4 Ps. 116:12,13 

5 1 John 2:3,5; 2 Pet. 1:5-11 

6 Matt. 5:16 

7 1 Tim. 6:1; 1 Pet. 2:15; Phil. 1:11 

8 Eph. 2:10 

9 Rom 6:22

Paragraph 3. Their ability to do good works is not all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ;10 and that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is necessary an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit, to work in them and to will and to do of his good pleasure;11 yet they are not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion of the Spirit, but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.12 

10 John 15:4,5 

11 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 2:13 

12 Phil. 2:12; Heb. 6:11,12; Isa. 64:7

Paragraph 4. They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do.13 

13 Job 9:2, 3; Gal. 5:17; Luke 17:10

Paragraph 5. We cannot by our best works merit pardon of sin or eternal life at the hand of God, by reason of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins;14 but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants; and because they are good they proceed from his Spirit,15 and as they are wrought by us they are defiled and mixed with so much weekness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God’s punishment.16 

14 Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8,9; Rom. 4:6 

15 Gal. 5:22,23 

16 Isa. 64:6; Ps. 43:2

Paragraph 6. Yet notwithstanding the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in him;17 not as thought they were in this life wholly unblamable and unreprovable in God’s sight, but that he, looking upon them in his Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfection.18 

17 Eph. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:5 

18 Matt. 25:21,23; Heb. 6:10

Paragraph 7. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and to others;19 yet because they proceed not from a heart purified by faith,20 nor are done in a right manner according to the Word,21 nor to a right end, the glory of God,22 they are therfore sinful, and cannot please God, nor make a man meet to receive the grace from God,23 and yet their neglect fo them is more sinful and displeasing to God.24 

19 2 Kings 10:30; 1 Kings 21:27,29 

20 Gen. 4:5; Heb. 11:4,6 

21 1 Cor. 13:1 

22 Matt. 6:2,5 

23 Amos 5:21,22; Rom. 9:16; Titus 3:5 

24 Job 21:14,15; Matt. 25:41-43


17. Of the Perseverance of the Saints 
18. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation 
19. Of the Law of God 
20. Of the Gospel and the Extent of Grace thereof 
21. Of Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience 
22. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day 
23. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows 
24. Of the Civil Magistrate 
25. Of Marriage 
26. Of the Church 
27. Of the Communion of Saints 
28. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper 
29. Of Baptism 
30. Of the Lord's Supper 
31. Of the State of Man after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead 
32. Of the Last Judgment