The Second Helvetic Confession (Latin: Confessio Helvetica posterior) was written by Bullinger in and revised in as a private exercise. It came to the. The Second Helvetic Confession was written in by Heinrich Bullinger ( ), whose life we considered in our previous article. A discussion on the Second Helvetic Confession of Faith. A source of information for deeper understanding of religious subjects.

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Helvetic Confessions

Among all creatures, angels and men are most excellent. Moreover, God gave him a wife and blessed them. We believe and teach that God is one in essence or nature, subsisting in himself, all sufficient in himself, invisible, incorporeal, immense, eternal, Creator of all things both visible and invisible, the greatest good, living, quickening and preserving all things, omnipotent and supremely wise, kind and merciful, just and true.

It is therefore good and holy. Such men are also found still today. For thus it pleases God to use the dissensions that arise in the Church to the glory of his name, to illustrate the truth, and in order that those who are in the right might be manifest I Cor. It was differently constituted among the Patriarchs, then under Moses, then under Christ in the gospel dispensation; but there is only one salvation in the one Messiah, in whom all are united as members of one body, partaking of the same spiritual food and drink.

The teachings of the Greek and Latin theologians of early days are valuable, though tradition must always be subordinated to Scripture.

The Latin text, Zurich,, etc.

Today it remains the confession of Reformed and Presbyterian churches throughout the world. Although it signifies an equal participation in glory and majesty, it is also taken to be a certain place about which the Lord, speaking in the Gospel, says: But now since Christ the true Messiah is exhibited unto us, and the abundance of grace is poured forth upon the people of The New Testament, the sacraments of the old people are surely abrogated and have ceased; and in their stead the symbols of the New Testament are placed — Baptism in the place of circumcision, the Lord’s Supper in place of the Paschal Lamb and sacrifices.


They say, “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive. And this is what the blessed martyr Cyprian concluded from this verse: Of True Justification of Believers. The Father hath begotten the Son from eternity; the Son is begotten in an unspeakable manner; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeds from both, and is to be worshiped with both as one God.

They object that since our separation from Rome all sorts of controversies and divisions have arisen.

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For God has appointed the means by which we attain to the end. If opposed to the Church, he can do much harm: We are reproached because there have been manifold dissensions and strife in our churches since they separated themselves from the Church of Rome, and therefore cannot be true churches.

Such fasting is a help to prayer and all virtues. These two chapters are followed by three chapters devoted to the truth concerning God—theology. Neither do we think that we do them any wrong in this matter; seeing that they all, with one consent, will not have their writings equated with the canonical Scriptures, but command us to prove how far they agree or disagree with them, and to accept what is in agreement and to reject what is in disagreement. There are not three Gods, but three persons — consubstantial, coeternal, distinct as to person and order, yet without any inequality.

I planted, Apollos watered, but only God gives the growth” I Cor. And indeed, it is called a will, not an unwill ing. The First Helvetic Confession was deemed too short, and the Zurich Confession ofthe Zurich Consensus ofand the Geneva Consensus of touched only the articles of the Lord’s Supper and predestination. A very strong passage for the doctrine of infant salvation, and so understood by Zwingli and Bullinger.


And those others whom we teach include our own sons and daughters, our children and young people.

We therefore condemn the Epicureans, who blasphemously affirm that God neither sees nor cares for men Psa. In any case, Scripture refers all the arts to God; and, indeed, the heathen trace the origin of the arts to the gods who invented them.

Nevertheless, proper control and discipline should be exercised over the doctrine and conduct of ministers in synods. We know that the sacraments are sanctified by the institution and the word of Christ, and that they are effectual to the godly, although they be administered by unworthy ministers.

It proceeds on the conviction that the Reformed faith is in harmony with the true Catholic faith of all ages, especially the ancient Greek and Latin Church.

And although our fathers had the Gospel in this way in the writings of the prophets by which they attained helvetoc in Christ through faith, yet the Gospel is heletic called glad and joyous news, in which, first by John the Baptist, then by Christ the Lord himself, and afterwards by the apostles and their successors, is preached to us in the world that God has now performed what helvteic promised from the beginning of the world, and has sent, nay more, has given us his only Son and in him reconciliation with the Father, the remission of sins, all fulness and everlasting life.

The Roman head preserves the tyranny and corruption in the Church, and opposes and destroys all just reformation. Now we assert that all those things proceed from one beginning.