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Confession of Faith
Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints

3. Nevertheless, they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins;1 and, for a time, continue therein:2 whereby they incur God's displeasure,3 and grieve his Holy Spirit,4 come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts,5 have their hearts hardened,6 and their consciences wounded;7 hurt and scandalize others,8 and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.9

  1. Matthew 26:70

    But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”

    Matthew 26:72

    And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”

    Matthew 26:74

    Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. (ESV)

  2. Psalm 51

    51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
    according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

    For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
    Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
    so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.
    Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

    Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
    Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
    Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
    Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
    O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
    For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

    Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
    build up the walls of Jerusalem;
    then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

    Psalm 51:14

    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. (ESV)

  3. Isaiah 64:5

    You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
    those who remember you in your ways.
    Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
    in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?

    Isaiah 64:7

    There is no one who calls upon your name,
    who rouses himself to take hold of you;
    for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

    Isaiah 64:9

    Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
    and remember not iniquity forever.
    Behold, please look, we are all your people.

    2 Samuel 11:27

    And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. (ESV)

  4. Ephesians 4:30

    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (ESV)

  5. Psalm 51:8

    Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

    Psalm 51:10

    Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.

    Psalm 51:12

    Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    Revelation 2:4

    But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

    Song of Solomon 5:2-4

    I slept, but my heart was awake.
    A sound! My beloved is knocking.
    “Open to me, my sister, my love,
    my dove, my perfect one,
    for my head is wet with dew,
    my locks with the drops of the night.”
    I had put off my garment;
    how could I put it on?
    I had bathed my feet;
    how could I soil them?
    My beloved put his hand to the latch,
    and my heart was thrilled within me.

    Song of Solomon 5:6

    I opened to my beloved,
    but my beloved had turned and gone.
    My soul failed me when he spoke.
    I sought him, but found him not;
    I called him, but he gave no answer. (ESV)

  6. Isaiah 63:17

    O Lord, why do you make us wander from your ways
    and harden our heart, so that we fear you not?
    Return for the sake of your servants,
    the tribes of your heritage.

    Mark 6:52

    for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

    Mark 16:14

    Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. (ESV)

  7. Psalm 32:3-4

    For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
    For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

    Psalm 51:8

    Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice. (ESV)

  8. 2 Samuel 12:14

    Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” (ESV)

  9. Psalm 89:31-32

    if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
    then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    and their iniquity with stripes,

    1 Corinthians 11:32

    But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (ESV)


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Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.