The Baptist Catechism: Q. 6 (Primary Teaching of Scripture)

Q. 6What things are chiefly contained in the Holy Scriptures?
Answer: The Holy Scriptures chiefly contain what man ought to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.
Scriptures: Exod. 20:1-17; Prov. 2:5, 6; 2 Tim. 1:13; 3:15, 16; Tit. 1:1; 2:1; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16

Comment: (Refer back to Q. 4).  The primary purpose of the Scriptures is to bring us to the true knowledge of God and the right manner of living which accords to this knowledge.  Every page of Scripture reveals some truth about God—His eternal existence, holiness, faithfulness, sovereignty, grace, mercy, wrath, justice, power, etc.  Such knowledge is not meant to leave us unchanged and complacent.  No, the knowledge of God is meant to humble us, to save us, to move us.  The Ten Commandments are perhaps the best example of this truth; for they are a direct outflow of the character of God, which brings us to trust in the righteousness of Christ (for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin; Rom. 3:19-26; Gal. 3:24), and gives us direction for a life lived to the glory of God.  The rest of this Catechism follows the division of this answer: questions 7-43 speak to “what man ought to believe concerning God” and questions 44-114 speak to “what duty God requires of man” (with questions 87-114 involving our failure to keep God’s law and the graces of God that attend our obedience).


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