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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 11

April 15, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"The Apostle's Creed is divided into three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Having spent Lord's Day 9 and 10 on God the Father, the Catechism now directs its attention to God the Son in Lord's Days 11-19. The Cathechism will take three Lord's Days (11-13) just to unpack the first line of the second part of the Creed: "I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord." This may seem like no-brainer land, making three weeks of reflection on this one line as thrilling as working through Turbo Tax, but the Catechism understands that in confessing Jesus as Christ, Son, and Lord, we are making the most important confession we ever make. That's why the Catechism takes one Lord's Day each to explain what we mean by "Jesus," one day for "Christ," and one day for "Son" and "Lord" together."

 

Question 29: Why is the Son of God called "Jesus," meaning "Savior"?

Answer: Because He saves us from our sins. Salvation cannot be found in anyone else; it is futile to look for any salvation elsewhere. 

 

Question 30: Do those who look for their salvation and security in saints, in themselves, or elsewhere really believe in the only Savior Jesus? 

Answer: No. Although they boast of being His, by their deeds they deny the only Savior and deliverer, Jesus. Either Jesus is not a perfect Savior, or those who in true faith accept their Savior have in Him all they need for their salvation. 

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