CategoryHeidelberg Catechism

to really believe (HC 11)


Christians look to Jesus who is the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:2).  But why is Jesus called Jesus? The next two questions in the Heidelberg Catechism are as follows ‘Why is the son of God called ‘Jesus,’ meaning ‘Saviour’? and...

helped by knowledge (hc 10)


One of the reasons why God gives us his word is because it is not possible for us to live by bread alone. Another reason is because God wants us to know and understand what he has spoken. The reason that we are to know and understand is so that we may be helped as we live our lives in the service of God. The next two questions of the Heidelberg Catechism are as follows, ‘What do we...

I believe in the trinity (HC 8)


In the same way the substitution of Christ can be simplified in to error when handled incorrectly, the Trinity, One God in three persons can suffer from the error by those who seek to simplify it in ways not biblically possible. The commonly used, ‘water, ice and steam’ illustration makes such an error, because if you remove the water or ice or steam from the triad you still have H2O ...

The object of our faith (HC7)


In the book of Romans we read that “…faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17) and Paul in the beginning of the letter states that “the righteous shall live by faith” quoting Habakkuk chapter 2:4. These next four questions in the Heidelberg Catechism address what a Christian believes. Here are the questions “Are all saved...

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