Personal Testimony of Dr. F. N. Lee

faced with making decisions regarding priorities as to what is my most important duty.  

      Is it my obligation: to the municipality, to my state or province, or to my federal government? To my congregation, to my presbytery, or to my general assembly?  To my wife, to my children, or to myself?   To my denomination, to my fellow Christians irrespective of denomination or nationality, or to my country?

     Here, the doctrine of the Trinity helps me to give due consideration to the interests of all these entities.   For in the Trinity, there is a basic unity of interests amid the Diverse Persons.   No one Person is ever more important than the Others, nor than the Triune Divine Community as a whole.  Neither is that Community more important than the distinct personalities of each of the three Persons.

     Now all things in the universe are meaningless: save when regarded as creatures of the Triune Lord.   States the Confession (II:2): “God hath all life, glory, goodness [and] blessedness in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them – but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them.   He is the alone Fountain of all being – of Whom, through Whom, and to Whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them to do by them, for them, and upon them, whatsoever Himself pleaseth.”

     This means, quite frankly, that everything we see and do is ultimately absurd – except insofar as we consciously believe it is in the Triune God alone that all these things consist (Col. 1:17). Only this knowledge gives real purpose to my life.

     To me, faith in the Triune God alone is very important.   Without it, life would be impossible to me now.   For “without faith, it is impossible to please Him; for he that comes to God, must believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently keep on seeking Him” (Heb. 11:6).  

     Only once after my conversion have I ever doubted my saved status before God.   That was when I became uncertain whether my "faith" in Christ was really and truly “saving faith.” Mercifully, however, God soon showed me that it is not by faith that I am saved – but by grace (and only “through” faith).   Moreover, even that instrument of faith – is not from myself.   For it is a free gift of God (Eph. 2:8).

     So I now have no trust in my experiences about my faith.   I put all my trust only in Christ Himself, irrespective of my experiences of Him.   I have no faith in my faith.   I have faith only in Christ.   And by regular Bible study, prayer, church attendance, and the use of the sacraments – God strengthens such faith.   See the Confession X1V:1.

     In spite of my many personal sins and weaknesses, and even though I do distinguish between central and peripheral matters, I certainly hold strong convictions about many things.   This is because, realizing the fragility and relative worthlessness of my own views, I am convinced utterly that God's views alone have any ultimate value.   So I am now determined to think God's revealed thoughts after Him.   It is only in the light of His Infallible Word, the 66-book Bible, that I see the light about everything and anything.

     As the Confession correctly states, “a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word – for the authority of God Himself speaking therein [XIV:2]….   The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life – is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelation of the Spirit or traditions of man” (I:6).   For, as the Larger Catechism (Q. 5) declares, “the Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God – and what duty God requires of man.”

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