Heidelberg Catechism: Comfort in Life and Death

Hedelberg Catechism: Lords Day 1

The Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, was originally created as a teaching tool for students and young believers as well as to promote religious unity. It soon became a guide for preaching as well. It is a simple, direct, easy to read and a very personalized confession of faith. It has become one of our preferred

Question & Answer 1

QUESTION:

What is your only comfort in life and death?

ANSWER

That I am not my own, 1  but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, 2 to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. 3 He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, 4 and has set me free from all the power of the devil. 5 He also preserves me in such a way 6 that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; 7 indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. 8 Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life 9 and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him. 10

1. 1 Cor 6:19, 20.

2. Rom 14:7-9.

3. 1 Cor 3:23; Tit 2:14.

4. 1 Pet 1:18, 19; 1 Jn 1:7; 2:2.

5. Jn 8:34-36; Heb 2:14, 15; 1 Jn 3:8.

6. Jn 6:39, 40; 10:27-30; 2 Thess 3:3; 1 Pet 1:5.

7. Mt 10:29-31; Lk 21:16-18.

8. Rom 8:28.

9. Rom 8:15, 16; 2 Cor 1:21, 22; 5:5; Eph 1:13, 14.

10. Rom 8:14.

 

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