Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Q & A since 1563

Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 1
Following on from Question 1
2. Q. How many things are necessary for you to know, that you in this comfort may live and die happily?
A. Three; the first, how great my sins and misery are; the second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery; the third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.

I know the Catechism is not the Bible as such but a summary of its teachings. To live & die happily seems a bit unusual. But more importantly the catechism points out that the great comfort of Salvation in Christ is composed of three things.

As much as God is great, so is sin, it is no light matter & that goes for our misery, no matter how much the world would like to shrug stuff off or make light of a difficult, sad & miserable situation as it presses on with life & death without God.

The shedding of Christ blood was a price that was paid & only He could satisfy the requirements. There is no other name by which we can be saved from our dire predicament of an inherited original sin.

If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation & are called to live a life that conforms to godliness. There is no I am my own boss, Christ is Lord and after all, His yoke is not like the oppressive task masters & probably not like a google or apple utopian playground either for that matter.

The Catechism parallels or mirrors the Bible & we are to mirror our God. Yes we fall down & fail but grace enables us to get back up again. But from the outset things are made clear concerning our relations ship as God’s love pulls us out of the mud & mire.

[The Heidelberg catechism is composed of 52 Lord's days (Sundays).It is a summary of Scripture that enables various teachings to be covered sufficiently so that we may abound in the knowledge & wisdom of God, lest we become stagnent & misguided.]


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