Chapter 4. Of Creation

Read Chapter 4(Of Creation) of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,1for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power,2wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.3

2. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,4with reasonable and immortal souls,5rendering them fit unto that life to God for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness;6having the law of God written in their hearts,7and power to fulfill it, and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.8

3. Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,9which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.10