November 2017

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.

This website is an ongoing work which seeks to present a reliable phrase by phrase commentary of the 1689 Baptist Confession.  While the dates on the posts go back as far as 2009, I am constantly updating them. Chapters 1-22 are complete, leaving chapters 23-32 remaining for commentary. I have posted research material for 23-32, but have not yet put them into a discourse format (please see disclaimer for those posts). If you are interested in receiving updates on this project, please follow its progress on Twitter, @1689commentary.

Any comments or respectful critiques are welcome at gmarble1689@gmail.com.

In Christ,

Gary Marble

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


36 Responses to About

  1. Michael Williams says:

    Thanks for your hard work, brother. I have found your comments very helpful. God bless you in your labors.

  2. Hi Gary, just wanted to leave another note of encouragement to continue your work. It has not gone unnoticed and has become a resource for our 1689 study group. You’ve done some really good work here. I will be praying for you and this endeavor. God bless.

    Pastor Gino Cunningham
    First Baptist Church of Ripon

    • Hi Gino,
      It seems whenever I begin to doubt the usefulness of this project the Lord sends encouragement to continue on. Thanks for your kind words; I am currently picking up the pace on the project–a project which has greatly enriched my life if nothing else.

  3. Dan Seager says:

    Hi Gary,
    I’m teaching the 1689 to one of our adult Sunday elective classes and am using your handy site as one of the study guides (along with a few other sources I’ve found on the ‘net). We started the class in May this year and will be finished the last week of December, so it’s roughly one chapter a week. It’s a rich study and I’m blessed by the time and effort you’ve spent on this for all of us.
    Our church is Bethel Grace Baptist in Bellflower, CA.
    Thanks again, and the Lord continue to bless you!

  4. Maoui Dizon says:

    This online commentary is very helpful. I have been reading Sam Waldron’s modern exposition of the 1689, however, I find it helpful that this online commentary (consistently) engages the words and phrases of confession. I am helped that it is done in every place of the commentary. I’m wondering if there is a PDF version of this commentary that i can download offline?

    • Hi Maoui Dizon,
      Glad it is useful to you! I have sought to comment on at least each phrase, and sometimes each word; that’s why this project is a slow process.

      I do not have a PDF to download, but you are welcome to cut and paste each chapter into a offline document for personal use only as long as you make no changes and do not distribute it.
      I am curious, what country do you live in?

  5. Laramie Gildon says:

    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.

    • 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,

  6. Keith says:

    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!


    • 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,

  7. Willie Sancho says:

    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.

    • 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.

  8. Rick Austin says:

    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

  9. Zack Skrip says:

    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 says:

      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.

  10. 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 says:

      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,

  11. wynter14 says:

    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.

  12. 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 says:

      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.

  13. Biografistu' says:

    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 says:

      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!

  14. Tyrell Haag says:

    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.

  15. Ajesh Rajan says:

    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 says:

      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!

  16. Ajesh Rajan says:

    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 says:

      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!

  17. Eduardo Manzano says:

    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 says:

      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,

  18. 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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