Barclay’s Catechism

12 03 2009

Hey guys,


Some of you are on Spring Break or thinking about Spring Break in the coming days and mid-terms maybe in the foreseeable future.  If you’re lying on a beach somewhere or sitting in front of a computer here are some thoughts for you…


I picked up Robert Barclay’s Catechism and Confession of Faith today and I found it was a good reminder of why it is that we celebrate Easter and what exactly it is that we believe.  And as we look toward Easter in a month or so it’s helpful to have that reminder.  Robert Barclay was 24 yrs. old when he wrote this work.  Supposedly he wrote it to engage the Reformers and their Westminster Confession in dialog about certain key issues, whether they were similarities or disagreements, that Quakers shared with those around them in the Church.  A catechism, according to Wikipedia, is “a summary or exposition of doctrine, traditionally used in Christian religious teaching from New Testament times to the present.  Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorized, a format that has been used in non-religious or secular contexts as well.”  So it is in that format that I give you a few things to think about this week from Barclay’s Catechism


Q. For what purpose did Christ come into the world?

A.        Rom. 8:3 – For God has done what the law, weakened by flesh, could not do; by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh.


1 John 3:8,5 – Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil… You know that he was revealed to take away sins, [and in him there is not sin].


Q. Was Jesus really crucified and raised again?

A.        1 Cor. 15:3-4 – For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.


Q. What was the purpose of Christ’s birth, death, and sufferings?

A.         Luke 2:30-32 – …my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.


Rom. 3:25 – …whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.  He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed.


Eph. 5:2 – …live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


Col.1:20-22 – …through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.  And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him.


Heb. 9:12,14 – He entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.  How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from head works to worship the living God!


1 Pet. 3:18 – For Christ also suffered for sins once and for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.


1 John 3:16 – We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us.


Heb. 9:15 – For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.


Q. What scriptures prove the divinity of Christ against those who falsely deny it?

A.        John 1:1 – …and the Word was God.


Rom. 9:5 – …to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.


Phil. 2:6 – …who, though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited.


1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ.  He is the true God and eternal life.


Q. What does Christ say about the unity of believers with him?

A.        John 14:20 – On the day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.


John 15:4-5 – Abide in me as I abide in you.  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.


John 17:20-21 – I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.  As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


Take time to reflect on God’s word.  What is He trying to say to you?  How do you feel about and understand these passages.  Your God wants to be in dialog with you.  Talk to Him.


To the King!





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