Tag: Heidelberg Catechism

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The Heidelberg: Lord’s Day 4

Q & A 9

Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice
by requiring in his law
what we are unable to do?

A. No, God created human beings with the ability to keep the law.
They, however, provoked by the devil,
in willful disobedience,
robbed themselves and all their descendants of these gifts.

Q & A 10

Q. Does God permit
such disobedience and rebellion
to go unpunished?

A. Certainly not.
God is terribly angry
with the sin we are born with
as well as the sins we personally commit.
As a just judge,
God will punish them both now and in eternity,
having declared:
“Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey
all the things written in the book of the law.”

Q & A 11

Q. But isn’t God also merciful?
A. God is certainly merciful,
but also just.
God’s justice demands
that sin, committed against his supreme majesty,
be punished with the supreme penalty—
eternal punishment of body and soul.

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The Heidelberg: Lord’s Day 52

Question & Answer 127

Q. What does the sixth petition mean?
A. “And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one” means:
By ourselves we are too weak
to hold our own even for a moment.
And our sworn enemies—
the devil, the world, and our own flesh—
never stop attacking us.
And so, Lord,
uphold us and make us strong
with the strength of your Holy Spirit,
so that we may not go down to defeat
in this spiritual struggle,
but may firmly resist our enemies
until we finally win the complete victory.

Question & Answer 128

Q. What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?
A. For the kingdom
and the power
and the glory are yours forever” means:
We have made all these petitions of you
because, as our all-powerful king,
you are both willing and able
to give us all that is good;
and because your holy name,
and not we ourselves,
should receive all the praise, forever.

Question & Answer 129

Q. What does that little word “Amen” express?
A. “Amen” means:
This shall truly and surely be!
It is even more sure
that God listens to my prayer
than that I really desire
what I pray for.

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