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The Westminster Larger Catechism (Vos)

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The Larger Catechism, so rich in biblical teaching, has been long neglected, even by conservative Presbyterians who embrace it as one of their three standards. This commentary, written in the mid-twentieth century, is being published in book-form for the first time, to encourage the catechism’s increased use and study.

Because the Larger Catechism supplements the Shorter Catechism on such topics as the church and the means of grace, Presbyterians will find it a rewarding resource.

G. I. Williamson, author of books on the Westminster Confession and Shorter Catechism for study classes, has edited Vos’s commentary on the Larger Catechism. Supplementing the commentary are the following:

  • W. Robert Godfrey’s introduction to the history and theology of the Larger Catechism.
  • A detailed outline of the Larger Catechism.

Table of Contents:

An Introduction to the Westminster Larger Catechism – W. Robert Godfrey

An Outline of the Westminster Larger Catechism – Jeffrey K. Boer

Part 1: What Man Ought to Believe

1. Foundational Doctrines

2. God

3. God’s Decrees

4. Creation

5. God’s Providence

6. The Covenant of Life or Works

7. The Covenant of Grace

8. The Mediator of the Covenant of Grace

9. The Work of the Mediator

10. The Benefits of the Mediator’s Work

Part 2: What Duty God Requires of Man

11. Obedience to God’s Revealed Will

12. God’s Will with Direct Reference to Himself

13. God’s Will Expressed in Our Duty to Others

14. Our Lost Condition

15. Repentance, Faith, and Use of the Word

16. Use of the Sacraments

17. Use of Prayer


“Finally—a clear, contemporary exposition of the magisterial Larger Catechism!”  — Joel Beeke

“J. G. Vos was a fine scholar, and his commentary will be most useful to the church.”  — Morton H. Smith

“An accurate and clear exposition.” — Wayne Spear

“Ought to be on every minister’s and elder’s shelf.” — Duncan Rankin


Johannes G. Vos (1903–1983) chaired Geneva College’s Bible department for nineteen years, edited Blue Banner Faith and Life for nearly thirty, and wrote numerous books and articles.