This morning we embark on paragraph 2 of chapter 2 of the 1689 Confession. Pastor Shawn leads us in considering the fact that God is all-sufficient, that he has all life in himself, that he has no need of any creature, and that he does not derive glory from anyone or anything outside of himself.
This portion of the original confession reads: "God, having all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself, is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creature which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them."
The modern-English version of the confession reads: "God has all life, glory, goodness, and blessedness in and of himself; he alone is all- sufficient in himself. He does not need any creature he has made nor does he derive any glory from them. Instead, he demonstrates his own glory in them, by them, to them, and upon them."