Sunday, January 26, 2014

Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 4

Lord’s Day 4

9. Does not God, then, do injustice to man by
requiring of him in His Law that which he cannot
perform?

No, for God so made man that he could perform it;[1]
but man, through the instigation of the devil,[2] by
willful disobedience[3] deprived himself and all his
descendants of this power.[4]
[1] Gen 1:31; Eph 4:24; [2] Gen 3:13; Jn 8:44; 1 Tim
2:13-14; [3] Gen 3:6; [4] Rom 5:12, 18-19

10. Will God allow such disobedience and apostasy
to go unpunished?

Certainly not,[1] but He is terribly displeased with
our inborn as well as our actual sins, and will punish
them in just judgment in time and eternity,[2] as He
has declared: “Cursed is everyone that continues not
in all things which are written in the book of the law
to do them.”[3]

[1] Heb 9:27; [2] Ex 34:7; Ps 5:4-6, 7:10; Nah 1:2; Mt
25:41; Rom 1:18, 5:12; Eph 5:6; [3] Deut 27:26; Gal 3:10

11. But is not God also merciful?

God is indeed merciful,[1] but He is likewise just;[2]
His justice therefore requires that sin which is
committed against the most high majesty of God, be
punished with extreme, that is, with everlasting
punishment both of body and soul.[3]
[1] Ex 20:6, 34:6-7; Ps 103:8-9; [2] Ex 20:5, 34:7; Deut
7:9-11; Ps 5:4-6; 2 Cor 6:14-16; Heb 10:30-31; Rev
14:11; [3] Mt 25:45-46