|Q.||What is your only comfort in life and death?|
|A.||That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.
Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.
I love that! And there’s more….
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;
second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery;
third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.
I did not grow up with the Heidelberg Catechism but what a service it has done in condensing these foundations of our faith. I ran across the opening line of this confession earlier this week and it has hung on in my mind…
There are a multiplicity of Bible references to back up these points here
but for this time I’ll leave this page neat and tidy with just these words of great comfort and joy! How good it is to ponder what God has done…
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!