Ich bin ein…Heidelberger

I’m not from a tradition that uses catechisms, but the book by Carl Trueman I mentioned in the first post examines a few of them. What I’ve read from the Heidelberg Catechism is especially beautiful. Here are its first and last questions and answers:

Question 1: What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer 1: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

Question 129: What does the word ‘Amen’ signify?

Answer 129: ‘Amen’ signifies, it shall truly and certainly be; for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of him.


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