Sunday, January 19, 2014

Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 3

6. Did God create man thus, wicked and perverse?

No, but God created man good[1] and after His own
image,[2] that is, in righteousness and true
holiness,[3] that he might rightly know God his
Creator,[4] heartily love Him, and live with Him in
eternal blessedness, to praise and glorify Him.[5]
[1] Gen 1:31; [2] Gen 1:26-27 [3] Eph 4:24; 2 Cor 3:18;
[4] Col 3:10; [5] Ps 8

7. From where, then, does this depraved nature of
man come?

From the fall and disobedience of our first parents,
Adam and Eve, in Paradise,[1] whereby our nature
became so corrupt[2] that we are all conceived and
born in sin.[3]
[1] Gen 3; [2] Rom 5:12, 18-19; [3] Ps 14:2-3, 51:5

8. But are we so depraved that we are completely
incapable of any good and prone to all evil?

Yes,[1] unless we are born again by the Spirit of
God.[2]
[1] Gen 6:5, 8:21; Job 14:4; Isa 53:6; Jer 17:9; Jn 3:6;
Rom 7:18; [2] Jn 3:3-5