Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 21

  • Q. 54.  What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ?
    A.  That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world,1 gathers,2 defends, and preserves to Himself3 by His Spirit and Word,4 out of the whole human race,5 a church chosen to everlasting life,6 agreeing in true faith; and that I am, and for ever shall remain, a living member thereof.7

  • Q. 55.  What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?
    A.  First, that all and every one who believes, being members of Christ, are, in common, partakers of Him and of all His riches and gifts;8 secondly, that every one must know it to be his duty, readily and cheerfully to employ his gifts, for the advantage and salvation of other members.9

  • Q. 56.  What believest thou concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?
    A.  That God, for the sake of Christ’s satisfaction,10 will no more remember my sins,11 neither my corrupt nature, against which I have to struggle all my life long; but will graciously impute to me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never be condemned before the tribunal of God.12

  1. John 10:11. Gen. 26:4.

  2. Rom. 9:24. Eph. 1:10.

  3. John 10:16.

  4. Isa. 59:21.

  5. Deut. 10:14, 15.

  6. Acts 13:48.

  7. 1 Cor. 1:8, 9. Rom. 8:35ff.

  8. 1 John 1:3, 4. Rom. 8:32. 1 Cor. 12:13.

  9. 1 Cor. 13:5. Phil. 2:4-8.

  10. 1 John 2:2. 2 Cor. 5:19,21.

  11. Jer. 31:34. Psa. 103:3, 4, 10, 11. Rom. 8:1-3.

  12. John 3:18.

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