This is a superb book from a world-renowned theologian that achieves its aim time and again – to make the Westminster Confession of Faith accessible to all. Sproul writes from the perspective of the WCF being ‘the most precise and accurate summary of the content of biblical Christianity ever set forth in a creedal form.’ His purpose of deepening our understanding of biblical doctrines marks each chapter as he unpacks the eloquence of the WCF with passion, application, and sheer joy. Sproul wants us to reckon with Christ on a personal level and so he advocates for a deep understanding of the truth of the Gospel in every Christian.
The WCF is not the preserve of the seminary or the professional theologian. It is for every Christian to grasp the deep things of God, a need that underlies Sproul’s cause in this book, which is to sharpen our understanding of the truth by leading the reader to an ever clearer understanding of Scripture. It is accuracy in our understanding of God’s Word that Sproul values in this commentary, an aim that stands out in his chapter on Justification: ‘faith is not the grounds of our justification. The grounds of our justification is the righteousness of Christ, His merit.’
All Christians are commanded to always be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pet 3v15). Owning and reading this book will undoubtedly help us meet this responsibility. Sproul’s commentary on the WCF will do you good. This is a 700-page gem that unpacks what Reformed theology is. It will feed your soul and nourish your mind. Highly recommended.
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Colin Macleod, Leith Free Church