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Confession of Faith
Chapter 25: Of the Church

1. The catholic or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.1

  1. Ephesians 1:10

    as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    Ephesians 1:22-23

    And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

    Ephesians 5:23

    For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

    Ephesians 5:27

    so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

    Ephesians 5:32

    This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

    Colossians 1:18

    And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. (ESV)

Larger Catechism

𝒬 64. What is the invisible church?

𝒜. The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head.1

  1. Ephesians 1:10

    as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    Ephesians 1:22-23

    And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

    John 10:16

    And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

    John 11:52

    and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

    Ephesians 5:23

    For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

    Ephesians 5:27

    so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

    Ephesians 5:32

    This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (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.