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The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two—Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine, Of the Perseverance of the Saints

Article 7. For in the first place, in these. falls he preserves in them the incorruptible seed of regeneration from perishing, or being totally lost; and again, by his Word and Spirit, certainly and effectually renews them to repentance, to a sincere and godly sorrow for their sins, that they may…

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The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two, Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine, Of the Perseverance of the Saints

Article 11. The Scripture moreover testifies, that believers in this life have to struggle with various carnal doubts, and that under grievous temptations they are not always sensible of this full assurance of faith and certainty of persevering. But God, who is the Father of all consolation, does not suffer…

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The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two, Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine, Of the Perseverance of the Saints, Article 10 (continued)

The first element in this personal assurance of perseverance is presented in Article 10 as follows: “This assurance . . . springs from faith in God’s promises, which he has most abundantly revealed in his Word for our comfort.” We may immediately notice three aspects of this proposition. In the…

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The Church and the Sacraments, Views During the Third Period (750-1517 A.D.), The Seven Sacraments, Confirmation

Confirmation, or a service attending the introduction of those baptized in infancy into full communion in the Church, was instituted early and continued for a long time among Protestants as well as among the Romanists. In fact, the word “Confirmation” had lately also come into existence among our churches recently.…

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The Canons of Dordrecht, Part Two, Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine, Of the Perseverance of the Saints, Article 9 (continued)

We must still say a few words about the nature of the assurance of preservation and perseverance. This article has as its main purpose merely to state the fact that this assurance is possible and real for the saints, and therefore it does not go into detail as to the…

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