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The only Substitute (HC6)


The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who can make us right with God and in order for this to happen two problems must be overcome, our sin and God’s wrath. This means that if we are to be saved from both, salvation must be accomplished through judgement. Christ is our substitute, but too often the images we have of substitutes (from team games or films, which some use to illustrate what...

The way of escape (HC5)


We have come to next four questions in the Heidelberg Catechism, “According to God’s righteous judgement we deserve punishment both in this world and forever after: How then can we escape punishment and return to God’s favour? Can we pay the debt ourselves?, Can another creature-any at all-pay this debt for us? and What kind of mediator and deliverer should we look for then...

non posse non peccare (HC4)


 When God created the first man and woman, they were created with the ability to keep God’s law and because they were free, they were also able to not keep God’s law. Adam was our representative, meaning that he represented all who came after him and when he sinned he took all future humans with him into sin in the same way an anchor takes its chain (not fastened to the ship)  in to...

The good corrupted (HC3)


The world that God created was good, but now it is corrupted and questions six, seven and eight ( “Did God create people so wicked and perverse?” “Then where does this corrupt human nature come from?” and “But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and inclined toward all evil?”) of the Heidelberg Catechism address this corruption. Question...

Natural Tendency (HC2)


 The next three questions of the Heidelberg Catechism (How do you come to know your misery?, What does God’s law require of us? and Can you live up to all this perfectly?) address the human condition before God. It is necessary for a person to come to know their misery in the same way it is necessary to have a foundation beneath your house. Like comfort, misery have expressions in the...

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