30问:上帝是否任凭全人类在罪恶和痛苦的状态中灭亡?

答:上帝并不因人类违背了与祂所立的第一个约,即行为之约(加3:10,12),就任凭他们在罪恶和痛苦的状态中灭亡(帖前5:9);反过来,祂却因为祂的慈爱和怜悯,就藉着第二个约,即恩典之约,将祂的选民拯救到得救的地位上(多3:4-7;加3:21;罗3:20-22)。

Question 30: Does God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?

Answer: God does not leave all men to perish in the estate of sin and misery,into which they fell by the breach of the first covenant, commonly called the covenant of works; but of his mere love and mercy delivers his elect out of it, and brings them into an estate of salvation by the second covenant,commonly called the covenant of grace.