Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s day 7

February 16, 2014

7. Lord’s Day

Q. 20. Are all men then, as they perished in Adam, saved by Christ?
A. No; [a] only those who are ingrafted into him, and, receive all his benefits, by a true faith. [b]

Q. 21. What is true faith?
A. True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in his word, [a] but also an assured confidence, [b] which the Holy Ghost [c] works by the gospel in my heart; [d] that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sin, everlasting righteousness and salvation, [e] are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits. [f]

Q. 22. What is then necessary for a christian to believe?
A. All things promised us in the gospel, [a] which the articles of our catholic undoubted christian faith briefly teach us.

Q. 23. What are these articles?
A. 1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: 2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord: 3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: 4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell: 5. The third day he rose again from the dead: 6. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: 7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead: 8. I believe in the Holy Ghost: 9. I believe a holy catholic church: the communion of saints: 10. The forgiveness of sins: 11. The resurrection of the body: 12. And the life everlasting.

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