Thursday, August 19, 2010

John Whitecross on the Second Commandment

John Whitecross' work "The Shorter Catechism Illustrated" (Qs49&50)(Q51)(Q52) has a number of anecdotes related to the catechism questions we have been studying. This work may be especially useful for children and others who find reading strictly theological works difficult.




Anonymous said...

TF, with some joy I have to cut short my read and shortly will resume the enjoyment to post some verses that indeed capture for the Spirit of these words of John Whitecross.

Shortly I say, but, however, I know no such man as he that is Catholic is he?

In it these words are found with a bit of Cod fishy smell. Now, before I point to the error of the word, isn't the mitre the Pope wears upon his head the symbol of a fish?

The error: "the image of the invisible Cod"

Anonymous said...

Oh, it was Q51/3

Anonymous said...


It all comes to Q52 and the following words:

What struck them most was that, though it was common for the members to take notes of what was spoken in the Assembly as helpful to their memory, and Mr Gillespie appeared to be so employed during the delivery of that speech to which he afterwards made a reply, yet the persons who sat next him declared, that upon looking into his note-book, they found nothing of that speech written, but in different places, 'Lord, send light—Lord, give assistance—Lord, defend Thine own cause.'

Now a couple of verses and maybe an exhortation?

The verses:

"....Eph 3:11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Eph 3:13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,...."


Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;
Rev 18:5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.

When we read questions 49-52 I think of Ephesians 3.

Then I consider that there is now far more activity against the True Church, one wonders when we rise up and execute Revelation 18:6?

I guess the answer is when Jesus directs us to execute it?