Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 23 Featured

  • Q. 59.  But what doth it profit thee now that thou believest all this?
    A.  That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life.1

  • Q. 60.  How art thou righteous before God?
    A.  Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ;2 so that, though my conscience accuse me that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them,3 and am still inclined to all evil;4 notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine,5 but only of mere grace,6 grants7 and imputes to me8 the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ;9 even so, as if I never had had nor committed any sin: yea, as if I had fully accomplished all that obedience which Christ has accomplished for me;10 inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a believing heart.11

  • Q. 61.  Why sayest thou that thou art righteous by faith only?
    A.  Not that I am acceptable to God on account of the worthiness of my faith,12 but because only the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ is my righteousness before God;13 and that I cannot receive and apply the same to myself any other way than by faith only.14

  1. Rom. 5:1. Rom. 1:17. John 3:36.

  2. Rom. 3:22ff. Gal. 2:16. Eph. 2:8, 9.

  3. Rom. 3:9ff.

  4. Rom. 7:23.

  5. Rom. 3:24.

  6. Tit. 3:5. Eph. 2:8, 9.

  7. Rom. 4:4, 5. 2 Cor. 5:19.

  8. Rom. 4:4.

  9. Rom. 3:24, 25.

  10. 2 Cor. 5:21.

  11. Rom. 3:28. John 3:18.

  12. Psa. 16:2. Eph. 2:8, 9.

  13. 1 Cor. 1:30. 1 Cor. 2:2.

  14. 1 John 5:10.

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