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One of the things you notice as you look across the various creeds and confessions is that some excel at warmth while others can be wonderful statements but a bit colder.  Some facilitate corporate confession better than others, while others, lacking that corporate friendliness, excel at doctrinal order, logic, and precision.  Each has its merits, of course.  But on the whole, I'm really enjoying the warmth of some creeds.

For example, I love the way Article 1: There Is One Only God of The Belgic Confession begins:
We all believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God; and that He is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good.

The litany of attributes paint a wonderful picture of God in their own right.  But the confession's opening phrase "We all believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth..." simply gathers up the entire assembly in a resolute, joyful, and warm celebration of God's attributes.  Right from the start the confession notifies us that this is a matter of heart-felt faith and lung-deep confession.  This article calls forth ardor and song.  I only wish each article began this way.


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