Sunday, January 5, 2014

Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 1


Lord’s Day 1

1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,[1] am not my own,[2] but belong to my
faithful Savior Jesus Christ,[3] who with His precious blood[4] has fully satisfied for all my sins,[5] and
redeemed me from all the power of the devil;[6] and so preserves me[7] that without the will of my Father
in heaven not a hair can fall from my head;[8] indeed, that all things must work together for my
salvation.[9] Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,[10] and makes me heartily
willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.[11]

[1] Rom 14:7-9; [2] 1 Cor 6:19-20; [3] 1 Cor 3:23; Tit
2:14; [4] 1 Pt 1:18-19; [5] 1 Jn 1:7; 2:2; [6] Jn 8:34-36;
Heb 2:14-15; 1 Jn 3:8; [7] Jn 6:39-40, 10:27-30; 2 Thes
3:3; 1 Pt 1:5; [8] Mt 10:29-31; Lk 21:16-18; [9] Rom
8:28; [10] Rom 8:15-16; 2 Cor 1:21-22, 5:5; Eph 1:13-14;
[11] Rom 8:14

2. How many things are necessary for you to know,
that in this comfort you may live and die happily? 

Three things:[1] First, the greatness of my sin and misery.[2] Second, how I am redeemed from all my
sins and misery.[3] Third, how I am to be thankful to God for such redemption.[4]
[1] Lk 24:46-47; Rom 7:24-25; 1 Cor 6:11; Tit 3:3-7; [2]
Jn 9:41, 15:22; Rom 3:9-10; 1 Jn 1:10; [3] Jn 17:3; Acts
4:12, 10:43; Gal 3:13; [4] Mt 5:16; Rom 6:13; Eph 5:8-11; Col 3:17; 1 Pt 2:9-12