LORD’S DAY 7, 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 7 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several Lord’s Days will be deliverance.

Q. Are all people then saved through Christ just as they were lost through Adam?

A. No. Only those are saved who through true faith are grafted into Christ and accept all his benefits.1

1 Matt. 7:14John 3:16, 18, 36Rom. 11:16-21.

Q. What is true faith?

A. True faith is not only a sure knowledge by which I hold as true all that God has revealed to us in Scripture; 1 It is also a wholehearted trust, 2 which the Holy Spirit creates in me by the gospel, 4 that God has freely granted, not only to others but to me also, 5 forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness, and salvation.6 These are gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merit.7

1 John 17:3, 17Heb. 11:1-3James 2:19.
2 Rom. 4:18-215:110:10Heb. 4:14-16.
3 Matt. 16:15-17John 3:5Acts 16:14.
4 Rom. 1:1610:171 Cor. 1:21.
5 Gal. 2:20.
6 Rom. 1:17Heb. 10:10.
7 Rom. 3:21-26Gal. 2:16Eph. 2:8-10.

Q. What then must a Christian believe?

A. All that is promised us in the gospel, 1 a summary of which is taught us in the articles of our universal and undisputed Christian faith.

1 Matt. 28:18-20John 20:30-31.

Q. What are these articles?

A. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 6, 2019.

Q. Why must the mediator be a true and righteous human?

A. God’s justice demands that human nature, which has sinned, must pay for sin; 1
but a sinful human could never pay for others.2

1 Rom. 5:12, 151 Cor. 15:21Heb. 2:14-16
2 Heb. 7:26-271 Pet. 3:18

Q. Why must the mediator also be true God?

A. So that the mediator, by the power of his divinity, might bear the weight of God’s wrath in his humanity and earn for us
and restore to us righteousness and life.1

1 Isa. 53John 3:162 Cor. 5:21

Q. Then who is this mediator—true God and at the same time a true and righteous human?

A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 who was given to us to completely deliver us and make us right with God.2

1 Matt. 1:21-23Luke 2:111 Tim. 2:5
2 1 Cor. 1:30

Q. How do you come to know this?

A. The holy gospel tells me. God began to reveal the gospel already in Paradise;1
later God proclaimed it by the holy patriarchs2and prophets3 and foreshadowed it by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law;4 and finally God fulfilled it through his own beloved Son.5

1 Gen. 3:15
2 Gen. 22:1849:10
3 Isa. 53Jer. 23:5-6Mic. 7:18-20Acts 10:43Heb. 1:1-2
4 Lev. 1-7John 5:46Heb. 10:1-10
5 Rom. 10:4Gal. 4:4-5Col. 2:17

 

LORD’S DAY 5, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will examine 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 5 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several Lord’s Days will be deliverance.

Q. According to God’s righteous judgment we deserve punishment both now and in eternity: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God’s favor?

A. God requires that his justice be satisfied.1 Therefore the claims of this justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or by another.2

1 Ex. 23:7Rom. 2:1-11.
2 Isa. 53:11Rom. 8:3-4.

Q. Can we make this payment ourselves?

A. Certainly not. Actually, we increase our debt every day.1

1 Matt. 6:12Rom. 2:4-5.

Q. Can another creature—any at all—pay this debt for us?

A. No. To begin with, God will not punish any other creature for what a human is guilty of.1 Furthermore, no mere creature can bear the weight of God’s eternal wrath against sin and deliver others from it.2

1 Ezek. 18:4, 20. Heb. 2:14-18.
2 Ps. 49:7-9130:3.

Q. What kind of mediator and deliverer
should we look for then?

A. One who is a true and righteous 2  human, yet more powerful than all creatures,
that is, one who is also true God.3

1 Rom. 1:31 Cor. 15:21Heb. 2:17.
2 Isa. 53:92 Cor. 5:21Heb. 7:26.
3 Isa. 7:149:6Jer. 23:6John 1:1.

 

 

LORD’S DAY 4, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will examine 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 4 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme, since the LORD’S DAY 2 is the sinner’s misery.

Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do?

A. No, God created human beings with the ability to keep the law.1 They, however, provoked by the devil, 2 in willful disobedience, 3 robbed themselves and all their descendants of these gifts.4

1 Gen. 1:31Eph. 4:24.
2 Gen. 3:13John 8:44.
3 Gen. 3:6.
4 Rom. 5:12, 18, 19.

Q. Does God permit such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished?

A. Certainly not. God is terribly angry with the sin we are born with as well as the sins we personally commit. As a just judge, God will punish them both now and in eternity, 1 having declared:

“Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey
all the things written in the book of the law.”2

1 Ex. 34:7Ps. 5:4-6Nah. 1:2Rom. 1:18Eph. 5:6Heb. 9:27.
2 Gal. 3:10Deut. 27:26.

Q. But isn’t God also merciful?

A. God is certainly merciful,1 but also just.2 God’s justice demands that sin, committed against his supreme majesty, be punished with the supreme penalty—
eternal punishment of body and soul.3

1 Ex. 34:6-7Ps. 103:8-9.
2 Ex. 34:7Deut. 7:9-11Ps. 5:4-6Heb. 10:30-31.
3 Matt. 25:35-46.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!