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Chapter 17

Of The Perseverance Of The Saints

1 I. The fact of perseverance
  A. Stated

1. The subjects of perseverance


2. The significance of perseverance

  B. Expanded

1. The cause of perseverance


2. The obstacles to perseverance


3. The assurances of perseverance

2 II. The grounds of perseverance
  A. Their presupposition
  B. Their identity

1. The immutability of the decree of election


2. The efficacy of the work of Christ


3. The perpetuity of the indwelling Spirit


4. The dependability of the oath of God


5. The infallibility of the covenant of grace

  C. Their result
3 III. The difficulty with perseverance
  A. The various causes of backsliding
  B. The tragic fruits of backsliding
  C. The positive resolution of backsliding

From: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p. 215-216. Used by permission.

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