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The Second Helvetic Confession (Latin: Confessio Helvetica posterior) was written by Bullinger in and revised in as a private exercise. It came to the. The Second Helvetic Confession was written in by Heinrich Bullinger ( ), whose life we considered in our previous article. A discussion on the Second Helvetic Confession of Faith. A source of information for deeper understanding of religious subjects.

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The chief duties of ministers are the preaching of the gospel, the administration of the sacraments, the care of souls, and the maintenance of discipline.

But we hold that the interpretation of the Scripture to be orthodox and genuine which is gleaned from the Scriptures themselves from the nature of the language in which they were written, likewise according to the circumstances in which they were set down, and expounded in the light of and unlike passages and of many and clearer passages and which agree with the rule of faith and love, and contributes much to the glory of God and man’s salvation.

All citizens owe reverence and obedience to the magistrate as the minister of God in all righteous commands, and even their lives when the public safety and welfare require it. So we do assent to the judgments of spiritual men which are drawn from the Word of God.

Therefore, let us believe that God teaches us by his word, outwardly through his ministers, and inwardly moves the hearts of his elect to faith by the Holy Spirit; and that therefore we ought to render all glory unto God for this whole favor.

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It was attractive to some Reformed leaders as a corrective to what they saw as the overly-Lutheran statements of the Strasbourg Consensus. Generally two peoples are usually counted, namely, the Israelites and Gentiles, or those who have been gathered from among Jews and Gentiles into the Church. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to Cofnession as instruments of righteousness” Rom.

Bishops are the overseers and watchmen of the Church, who administer the food and needs of the life of the Church. In the same month hrlvetic Elector Frederick made such a manly and noble defense of his faith before the Diet at Augsburg, that even his Lutheran opponents were filled with admiration for his piety, and thought no longer of impeaching him for heresy.

In it we eat his flesh which is meat indeed, and drink his blood which is drink indeed Matt xxvi. And what he became by the fall, that is, subject to sin, death and various calamities, so are all those who have descended from him. For the Lord said to the man he healed of palsy: Although Christ assumed human nature, yet he did not on that helvetlc assume it in order to provide a model for carvers and painters. Thus it seemed to happen by mere chance when Saul, while seeking his father’s asses, unexpectedly fell in with the prophet Samuel.

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It is true that God can, by his power, without any means join to himself a Church from among men; but he preferred to deal with men by the ministry of men. Above all we detest all the trafficking in which the Papists engage in dispensing the sacraments.

The Second Helvetic Confession

The sign in the Lord’s Supper helfetic bread and wine, the thing signified is the veritable body and blood of Christ sacrificed for us. For what does the scripture say?

A minister should be lawfully called and chosen by the Church, and excel hevetic sacred learning, pious eloquence, prudence, and unblemished character 1 Tim. But the Scripture that is, the law has concluded all under sin, that the promise which was of the faith of Jesus might be given to those who believe Corde creditur ad justitiam, ore autem confessio fit ad salutem.

For to children belongs the kingdom of God, and they are in covenant with Helvetid — why then should not the sign of the covenant be given to them? Baptism is not to be administered by women or by midwives, but by the ministers of the Church.

For Christ is present with his Church, and is its life-giving Head. It is the free gift of Helvetlc, and not the result of our own strength 2 Tim.

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, in his same flesh, ascended above all visible heavens into the highest heaven, that is, helbetic dwelling-place of God and the blessed ones, at the right hand of God the Father. He opened his house also to Italian Protestants, and treated even the elder Sozino, confdssion died at Zurich, with great kindness and liberality, endeavoring to restrain his heretical tendency.

We therefore condemn the Donatists, who confined the Church to some corners of Africa, and also the Roman exclusiveness, which pretends that the Roman Church alone is the catholic Church. Therefore, what harm is there in sinning?

Helvetic Confession

And although our fathers had the Gospel in this way in the writings of the prophets by which they attained salvation in Christ through faith, yet the Gospel is properly called glad and joyous news, in which, first by John the Baptist, then by Christ the Lord himself, and afterwards by the apostles and their successors, is preached to us in the world that God has now performed what he promised from the beginning of the world, and has sent, nay more, has given us his only Son and in him reconciliation with the Father, the remission of sins, all fulness and everlasting life.


His intellect is enlightened by the Holy Spirit to understand the mysteries and the will of God; and the will is changed by the Spirit and endowed with the power freely to will and to do what is good Rom.

If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” I John 1: Though scholastic and lengthy, it is moderate in tone. Sacraments are mystical symbols, or holy rites, or sacred actions, instituted by God himself, consisting of his Word, of signs and of things signified, whereby in the Church he keeps in mind and from time to time recalls the great benefits he has shown to men; whereby also he seals his promises, and outwardly represents, and, as it were, offers unto our sight those things which inwardly he performs for us, and so strengthens and increases our faith through the working of God’s Spirit in our hearts.

Therefore we approved the judgment of Lactantius, and ancient writer, who says: In the latter years of his life he was severely tried by the death of his best friends Bibliander, Froschauer, Peter Martyr, Pellican, Gessner, Blaarer, Calvin, Hyperiusand by a fearful pestilence which deprived him of his beloved wife and three daughters, and brought him to the brink of the grave. Views Read Edit View history. For no flesh could or can satisfy the law of God and fulfil it, because of the weakness in our flesh which adheres and remains in us until our last breath.

The Papists count seven sacraments. Wherefore we assert that all who say that the religion and teaching of the Gospel is a faith which has recently arisen, being scarcely thirty years old, err disgracefully and speak shamefully of the eternal counsel of God.

And this is more like a service than a dominion. We further believe and teach that the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, was predestinated or foreordained from eternity by the Father to be the Savior of the world. And, “Now is my soul troubled” John And the sacraments of Christ are also called mysteries by the ancient writers. Among all creatures, angels and men are most excellent. The supreme benefit of the sacraments is Christ the Saviour, that Lamb of God slain for our sins from the foundation of the world, and that Rock of which all our fathers drank.

In him, those who give their assent by faith do not seek anything outside Christ. Moreover, he instituted sacraments, but nowhere did he set up images.