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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 23

July 14, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"From Lord's Day 7 through 22, we've been looking at what we need to believe as Christians. Phrase by phrase, we've worked our way through the Apostle's Creed. After those fourteen 'weeks' of doctrinal explanaiton, Question 59 presents a fair but startling question: 'So what?' Okay, so we get the Apostles' Creed, unpack it all, and commit it to memory. Whoop-de-do. What good is it to believe all this?"

"The answer: In believing all this we are united to Christ, and being united to Christ we are right with God and heirs to life everlasting. This brings us to the doctrine on which the whole church stands or falls - the granddaddy of them all - the doctrine of justification. Without using the word, Lord's Day 23 is all about justification." Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 115.

 

Question 59: What good does it do you, however, to believe all this?

Answer: In Christ I am right with God and heir to life everlasting.

 

Question 60: How are you right with God?

Answer: Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having greviously sinned against all God's commandments and never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is to accept the gift of God with a believing heart. 

 

Question 61: Why do you sat that by faith alone you are right with God?

Answer: It is not because of any value my faith has that God is pleased with me. Only Christ's satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness make me right with God. And I can receive this righteousness and make it mine in no other way than by faith alone. 

 

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