Lord’s Day 1: The Heidelberg Catechism

Introduction (Q. 1-2)

1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,(Rom 14:7-9)

am not my own,(1 Cor 6:19-20)

but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ,(1 Cor 3:23; Tit 2:14;)

who with His precious blood(1 Pt 1:18-19)

has fully satisfied for all my sins,(1 Jn 1:7; 2:2)

and redeemed me from all the power of the devil (Jn 8:34-36; Heb 2:14-15; 1 Jn 3:8)

and so preserves me (Jn 6:39-40, 10:27-30; 2 Thes 3:3; 1 Pt 1:5;)

that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head (Mt 10:29-31; Lk 21:16-18)

indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation.(Rom 8:28)

Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, (Rom 8:15-16; 2 Cor 1:21-22, 5:5; Eph 1:13-14)

and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.(Rom 8:14)

2. How many things are necessary for you to know, that in this comfort you may live and die happily?

Three things:(Lk 24:46-47; Rom 7:24-25; 1 Cor 6:11; Tit 3:3-7)

  1. First, the greatness of my sin and misery.(Jn 9:41, 15:22; Rom 3:9-10; 1 Jn 1:10)
  2. Second, how I am redeemed from all my sins and misery.(Jn 17:3; Acts 4:12, 10:43; Gal 3:13)
  3. Third, how I am to be thankful to God for such redemption.(Mt 5:16; Rom 6:13; Eph 5:8-11; Col 3:17; 1 Pt 2:9-12)
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