Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What is Your Only Comfort in life and Death?

What is your only comfort in life and death?

That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood[4], and has set me free from all the power of the devil.[5] He also preserves me in such a way[6] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head;[7] indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.[8] Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life[9] and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.[10]

[1] I Cor. 6:19, 20
[2] Rom. 14:7-9 
[3] I Cor. 3:23; Tit. 2:14 
[4] I Pet. 1:18, 19; I John 1:7; 2:2 
[5] John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14, 15; I John 3:8 
[6] John 6:39, 40; 10:27-30; II Thess. 3:3; I Pet. 1:5 
[7] Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18 
[8] Rom. 8:28 
[9] Rom. 8:15, 16; II Cor. 1:21, 22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14 
[10] Rom. 8:14 

What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

First, how great my sins and misery are;[1] second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery;[2] third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.[3]

[1] Rom. 3:9, 10; I John 1:10 
[2] John 17:3; Acts 4:12; 10:43 
[3] Matt. 5:16; Rom. 6:13; Eph. 5:8-10; I Pet. 2:9, 10 

This is taken from the Lords day 1 of the heidelberg catechism.

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