You can read chapter 1 of the Second London Confession here.
Orginally, I planned to write personal meditations each week based on each of the respective chapters of the confession. That might have been me biting off more than I can chew. For now, I’m going to outline the chapters, and post them on Thursdays.
This accomplishes my main goal: to take time in thinking through the confession. And I think it will end up being more helpful to anyone else who might want to make use of these posts.
Here, then, is my outline for Chapter 1, “Of the Holy Scriptures.”
1. The Necessity of Scripture (sec. 1)
1.1. Scripture is necessary for Salvation
1.2. Works of Creation and Providence render men inexcusable, but are not sufficient for salvation
1.3. God revealed himself
1.4. Revelation was written down:
1.4.1. For better preservation and propagation of truth
1.4.2. For better establishment and comfort of church against error
1.5. Former ways of revelation ceased.
2. The Structure of Scripture (sec. 2-3)
2.1. Canon of Old and New Testaments [standard Protestant canon]
2.1.1. Given by inspiration of God to be rule of faith and life
2.2. Apocrypha are not inspired
2.2.1. Therefore they have no authority
3. The Authority of Scripture (sec. 4)
3.1. Depends completely upon God, who is Truth.
3.1.1. Therefore, it ought to be received.
4. The Testimony of Scripture (sec. 5)
4.1. External: Church moves us to reverent esteem of Scripture
4.2. Internal (Objective): The perfection of Scripture moves us to believe its truth
4.3. Internal (Subjective): The inner testimony of the Holy Spirit gives us the final and full persuasion and assurance of the truth of Scripture
5. The Sufficiency of Scripture (sec. 6)
5.1. Scripture contains the whole counsel of God; that is, everything necessary:
5.1.1. Concerning his own glory
5.1.2. Concerning our salvation
5.2. The Spirit must illumine our hearts for us to grasp a saving understanding of Scripture
6. The Clarity of Scripture (sec. 7-8)
6.1. Not all parts of Scripture are clear
6.2. But the parts necessary for Salvation are clearly expounded, so that all types of people (learned or unlearned) can understand it
6.3. OT (Hebrew) and NT (Greek) were immediately inspired and kept pure by God
6.3.1. Ought to be translated into every common language, because many do not understand these ancient languages
7. The Finality of Scripture (sec. 9-10)
7.1. Scripture interprets itself and is its own final authority
7.2. Scripture is the supreme judge and arbiter in all disputes