Catechism-Part 3

Q 6: Did God create man so wicked and perverse?

A. By no means, 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 glorify Him and praise Him.[5]

[1] Gen 1:31; [2] Gen 1:26-27 [3] Eph 4:242 Cor 3:18; [4] Col 3:10; [5] Ps 8

Q 7: From where, then, does this depravity of human nature come?

A. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise,[1] from them our nature became so corrupt[2] that we are all conceived and born in sin.[3]

[1] Gen 3; [2] Rom 5:1218-19; [3] Ps 14:2-351:5

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

A. Yes,[1] unless we are born again by the Spirit of God.[2]

[1] Gen 6:58:21Job 14:4Isa 53:6Jer 17:9Jn 3:6Rom 7:18; [2] Jn 3:3-5A

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Heidelberg Friday

Q 2: How many things are necessary for you to know, that you may live and die in the joy of this comfort?

A. Three things:[1] First, how great my sin and miseries are.[2] Second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries.[3] Third, how I may express my gratitude to God for such deliverance.[4]

[1] Lk 24:46-47Rom 7:24-251 Cor 6:11Tit 3:3-7; [2] Jn 9:41,15:22Rom 3:9-101 Jn 1:10; [3] Jn 17:3Acts 4:1210:43Gal 3:13; [4] Mt 5:16Rom 6:13Eph 5:8-11Col 3:171 Pt 2:9-12

Heidelberg Catechism

I thought Friday’s would be a good time to go through the Heidelberg Catechism.  It is a great way to become more versed in the truths of the Word of God.  The Catechism is a series of questions and then the Biblical answers.  Read, THINK, and meditate over the weekend on each one.

Q1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. 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 delivered me from all the power of the devil;[6] and so preserves me[7] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head;[8] indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation,[9] and, therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,[10] and makes me sincerely 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 3:23Tit 2:14; [4] 1 Pt 1:18-19; [5] 1 Jn 1:72:2;[6] Jn 8:34-36Heb 2:14-151 Jn 3:8; [7] Jn 6:39-4010:27-302 Thes 3:31 Pt 1:5; [8] Mt 10:29-31Lk 21:16-18; [9] Rom 8:28; [10] Rom 8:15-162 Cor 1:21-225:5Eph 1:13-14; [11] Rom 8:14

Have a great weekend!