The Ceremonies, Shadows, And Symbols Abolished

We believe that the ceremonies and figures of the law ceased at the coming of Christ, and that all the shadows are accomplished are accomplished; so that the use of them must be abolished among Christians: yet the truth and substance of them remain with us in Jesus Christ, in whom they have their completion. In the mean time we still use the testimonies taken out of the law and the prophets, to confirm us in the doctrine of the gospel, and to regulate our life in all honesty to the glory of God, according to his will.

—Belgic Confession, art. 25

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  1. Amen! I just received my copy of George Gillespie’s “English Popish Ceremonies” and am eagerly devouring it.
    Also relevant is John Owen’s comment on Liturgies:
    “As ignorance of the righteousness of God, with a desire to establish their own, did in any take place, so also did endeavors after an outward ceremonious worship: for these things do mutually further and strengthen each other; and commonly proportionable unto men’s darkness in the mystery of the righteousness of God in Christ is their zeal for a worldly sanctuary and carnal ordinances.”

    • But that’s not fair, I demand that I’m allowed to use my creativity in the ways that I want to worship God. Oh wait, maybe it IS wiser to consider how he commands to be worshiped?

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