About this Work

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I am a member of Grace Covenant Church, a member church of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) www.arbca.com.

This website is an ongoing work which seeks to present a reliable commentary of the 1689 Baptist Confession.  The 1689 Baptist Confession is a time-trusted statement of faith which seeks to articulate the key doctrines of the Bible.  The Confession is over three-hundred years old.  It has a history of use in England, the United States, and abroad by Particular Baptists (a.k.a. Reformed Baptists).  It is probably the most important Calvinistic Reformed Baptist confession of all time.  Please see “Introduction to the Confession” to learn about the origins and history of the 1689 Baptist Confession.

Of the 32 chapters contained in the Confession, commentary for chapters 1-21 are complete. The goal is to provide a phrase by phrase commentary of the Confession.  If you are interested in receiving updates, you may follow the progress on Twitter, @1689commentary.

I have sought to do my best to make the commentary accurate, but please be noble-minded Bereans (Acts 17:11).  Any comments or respectful critiques are welcome at gmarble1689@gmail.com.

In Christ,

Gary Marble

November 2016


28 Comments on “About this Work”

  1. Laramie Gildon January 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Hello Gary,
    Thank you so much for your dillegence and faithfulness with this work. I was introduced to reformed theology about 4 years ago and over the last 2 years, I’ve slowly but surely started reading through the confession and it’s history. So much goodness and I wish I could retain it all in one read through. I just want to encourage you to not grow weary in doing good. Your work here is appreciated and I’ve shared it with a couple of brothers in Christ. God bless.

    • www.1689commentary.org January 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi Laramie,
      Thanks for the encouragement; it is appreciated.
      So glad you have come to see the Reformed faith and are studying the Confession. I did not discover the Reformed faith until I had already been a Arminian and Pentecostal Christian for 23 years (and that was 13 years ago). The Confession has been a huge tool in helping me catch up on a truly biblical faith.
      Lord Bless,

  2. Keith February 24, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    This is great and thank you for your hard work and diligence (1 Tim 4:13). We (Berean Baptist Church, Hiram, GA) are going through the confession on Wed. nights and it just gets gooder and gooder. O how sweet are the Old Paths (Jer 6:16) during this day when we are in the midst of a doctrinally hurricane (Amos 8:11). Last, let us remember we can be born in a reformed baptist church, grow up in a reformed baptist church, die in a reformed baptist church, and yet be cast in hell. God bless and may you be found faithful in the mundane!


    • www.1689commentary.org March 3, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      Hi Keith,
      Thanks for the encouragement. Glad to hear you are all studying those old paths; those old paths lead to treasure for the seeker. I am sad for those professing believers who have little interest in the treasure and wisdom found in Christ. Without it, we are tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
      In Christ,

  3. Willie Sancho July 28, 2015 at 4:49 am #

    Excellent and we praise God for His mighty works. We have translated this confessions in the local language of Hiligaynon. This is the language spoken by the people of Iloilo and Negros Occidental islands. But until now very few reformed baptist uses it.

    • www.1689commentary.org July 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

      Dear Willie,
      Thank you for your comment. I have to admit, I did not know where those islands were, but I do now. I am thrilled to hear about the Confession’s translation there into the Hiligaynon language. I will be in prayer for God’s people there!
      I have been in contact with some Reformed Baptists in Brazil, and the Confession has been also been translated into Portuguese there and there seems to be a real interest in it as people become aware of it. It is such a useful tool to understanding the whole counsel of God in the Scriptures. If you are interested in talking more, I would love to learn more about the work God is doing among that part of the world. You can e-mail me at 1689commentary@cox.net.

  4. Rick Austin December 8, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Gary, I am also an ARBCA church member and would like to acquaint you with a project that I am working on but would prefer to do it by email rather in the comments section. Rick

    • www.1689commentary.org December 8, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Rick,

      I look forward to hearing about your project. Let me know at 1689commentary@cox.net.


  5. Zack Skrip July 4, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Hey, I just wanted to thank you for putting this work out there. I am just starting a study on the 1689 and will use this for helps.

    • www.1689commentary.org July 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      Hi Zack,
      Thanks for your kind words. It is an excellent summary of our Christian faith. Always glad to hear that others are studying and teaching the 1689 Confession.

  6. theroadofgrace June 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Good Evening… I hope that all is well. Just wanted to say that I’ve learned much and have enjoyed going through your online study resources.

    Also, I’m in the process of writing a Baptist Version of the Westminster Larger Catechism so your commentary of the 1689 has been quite helpful.

    • www.1689commentary.org June 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi Gabriel,
      Thank you for those very kind words. It is funny you mention the Westminster Larger Catechism as I have intended to do the very same thing, although I have decided I need to finish this 1689 project first.
      If we can get a Baptist version of that already very helpful document out there that would be wonderful. I wonder why it has not been done before? Keep me posted on your progress.
      Again thanks for reading my commentary; hopefully, I will get this work in progress completed one of these days.

      Lord Bless,

      • theroadofgrace June 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

        Hi Gary,

        I just wanted to let you know that I finished my first full draft of a Baptist version of a Larger Catechism. Let me know if you would like an email copy of it.

        Grace and peace,

        • www.1689commentary.org June 23, 2014 at 10:50 am #

          Hi Gabriel,
          Absolutely. Please send it to me at 1689commentary@cox.net. How long did it take you to baptize it, so to speak? Thank you for sharing it with me!


  7. wynter14 April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Is there an email one could use to speak to you. I have a project that I’m trying to start up that your website could help with.

    • www.1689commentary.org April 22, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Yes, you can contact me at 1689commentary@cox.net.
      Look forward to hearing from you.

  8. Nikhil Cherian April 13, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Thank you for all the hard work. My Church in AR is doing a study on the 1689 LBCF. I use some of your notes when i get a chance to teach. Thank you!

    • 1689 Commentary April 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Thank you for the encouragement. You know, then, from teaching that it is a lot of territory to cover. I am slowly plugging away at this project. Glad you found it beneficial.

  9. Biografistu' October 2, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    We are a group of believers in Bucharest, Romania, where we began to study the Second London Cofession (1689) and we want to plant a Reformed Baptist church here. Your site is very useful for us. Thank you!
    Our site is http://www.monergism.ro

    Soli Deo gloria

    • 1689 Commentary October 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Your note is a great encouragement to me. I only wish this work was finished. It is an ongoing project that I pray will edify the saints and glorify the Lord.
      I will pray for God’s blessing on the RB church plant. It is remarkable to hear of a group of Reformed BAptists there in Bucharest.
      Thank you for your comment!

  10. Tyrell Haag February 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi Gary

    I cant find any of your commentary on chapter 15 of the 1689. A mate of mine raised an issue, was wondering if you had any thoughts, point 2 says, “… God hath, in the covenant of grace, mercifully provided that believers so sinning and falling be renewed through repentance unto salvation.”

    Any idea what was meant by , “…renewed through repentance unto salvation” could mean, since obviously the confession also holds to perseverance of the saints. The word ‘renewed and salvation’ are the points of issue. I also notice that the Westminster doesn’t have this in.

    Anyway any thoughts you may have would be appreciated.

  11. Ajesh Rajan November 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    We are located in India.
    Sorry for the confusion. What I meant was remaining posts of others Chapters are not uploaded in this blog. Are they uploaded else where?. But you made it clear that you will upload as and when is finished from your side,


    • 1689 Commentary November 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

      Wow, India!
      I have been meaning to get back to work on this since August, and you have motivated me to do that. I do not have the remaining chapters posted else where.
      I you are interested, and think it would be of any use at all to you, I would be happy to e-mail you my notes for all 32 chapters
      from a study I did at our church. The total pages are about 600. If you are interested just e-mail me at 1689commentary@cox.net.
      May the Lord bless you and your church in beautiful India!

  12. Ajesh Rajan November 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Hi Gary,

    Great Work! I thank God for your such beautiful and enriching articles. We also as a church are doing study on 1689.

    I had just one query, we could able to see commentary till Chapter 9.

    • 1689 Commentary November 26, 2011 at 7:31 am #

      I appreciate your kind words. It always encourages me to hear of churches using the 1689 Confession, as it is a fine tool to help us grow in Christ.
      I was not clear on your meaning in the last sentence. Are you asking if I could finish my posts on chapter 9? If so, I will try and finish chapter 9 (three more sections) this week and get it posted. If that is not what you meant, please let me know.

      Just out of curiousity What state or country is your church located?

      May God richly bless you and your congregation!

  13. Eduardo Manzano March 25, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Hello Gary
    We will be starting a study of the 1689 with a group of men in Titusville FL. We’d appreciate your prayers as we seek the Lord’s will in regard to starting a reformed and baptistic church here. Gracias

    • 1689 Commentary March 25, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Hi Eduardo,
      I can tell you that the study will be rewarding. Also, thanks for sharing that prayer request; I consider it an honor to be in prayer for that work of starting a reformed batpist church.
      Our church in Arizona is a member of of ARBCA (Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America at http://www.ARBCA.com). I wonder if being a part of an association is something that would be beneficial for you folks. Also we have a recent IRBS graduate who is interning with our two pastors; he is (with the help of our church) starting a church plant in Tucson, AZ; there are no reformed baptist churches in Tucson at all as of now. I am sure the Lord has or will supply you with all you need, but if your interested, I could connnect you with our Tucson church planter. As our church is in the thick of church planting, I can identify with your request for prayer. I will be in prayer for you on this work; my heart is with you.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Lord Bless,

  14. Jason Robertson April 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Hey, I just wanted to let you know that over 20 men in our church are meeting every Saturday morning at 7am to study the 1689. Your blog is one of our online study resources! Keep up the good work.

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