LORD’S DAY 19, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 19 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. This morning’s devotional concludes the subject of God the Son.

Q. Why the next words: “and is seated at the right hand of God”?

A. Because Christ ascended to heaven to show there that he is head of his church, 1 the one through whom the Father rules all things.2

1 Eph. 1:20-23Col. 1:18.
2 Matt. 28:18John 5:22-23.

Q. How does this glory of Christ our head benefit us?

A. First, through his Holy Spirit he pours out gifts from heaven upon us his members.Second, by his power he defends us and keeps us safe from all enemies.2

1 Acts 2:33Eph. 4:7-12.
2 Ps. 110:1-2John 10:27-30Rev. 19:11-16.

Q. How does Christ’s return “to judge the living and the dead” comfort you?

A. In all distress and persecution, with uplifted head, I confidently await the very judge who has already offered himself to the judgment of God in my place and removed the whole curse from me.1 Christ will cast all his enemies and mine into everlasting condemnation, but will take me and all his chosen ones to himself into the joy and glory of heaven.2

1 Luke 21:28Rom. 8:22-25Phil. 3:20-21Tit. 2:13-14.
2 Matt. 25:31-462 Thess. 1:6-10.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

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