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Ques. 24. How are these articles divided? 

Ans. Into three parts; the first is of God the Father, and our creation; the second of God the Son, and our redemption; the third of God the Holy Ghost, and our sanctification. 

Ques. 25. Since there is but one only divine essence, why speakest thou of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? 

Ans. Because God hath so revealed himself in his word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.

Lord’s Day 9, Heidelberg Catechism.

“I believe.” 

Those were the words spoken by the father of the demoniac when he came to Jesus wondering whether it was possible for Jesus to heal his son, and Jesus answered him that all things are possible to him who believes. That was the testimony of the Ethiopian eunuch when Philip preached Christ to him as the only Savior. That faith dawned in the heart of the Philippian jailer when Paul told him that the only possible way of salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ. These same words have come from the lips of children, of young people, of men and women all over the world, even from the lips of the dying. 

“I believe in God.” Those are the first words preserved for us and confessed by us in the Apostolic Creed. What great joy, what amazing peace, what boundless blessing is expressed in those few words! It is the joy wrought in the heart of the blind man whom Jesus healed, whereby he cried out, “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25) It is the joy that floods the soul of parents when God fulfills His promise in the hearts of their children, “I will be thy God and the God of thy seed after thee.” It is the comfort in the loss of dear ones who have witnessed of their faith and of the hope that can never be put to shame. For the opposite of this faith is wicked unbelief, blindness, rebellion, and infinite misery; the horrible experience that to live apart from God is death; now, at journey’s end, forever.

Our God is GOD. 

Our Book of Instruction speaks of “one divine essence.” Our Belgic Confession states in the first article, “We all believes with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God. . . .” 

God is! Unbelief always denies this. Scripture calls him a fool who says in his heart, There is no God. The world of our day has done away with God, so that the very mention of His Name arouses bitter antipathy. Every effort is put forth to replace God with the name MAN. Yet inspite of every effort of unbelief God still directs all things by His providence, carries out His eternal purpose, and gives His undeniable testimony that He is God. The tiniest flower that lifts its head among the grass, the raging storm and the fearful earthquake continue to declare that God is in the heavens, let the whole earth be silent before Him. The wicked may ignore the inner voice of conscience, yet God never ceases to testify in the heart of every man, woman, and child that He is God, and that there is no God besides Him. For the pagan who prostrates and castigates himself before his idol only proves thereby that he chooses to worship the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. (Rom. 1:25). The day is not far off when every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the one, only true God. 

God is GOD! We can allow for no tolerance on that score. God is the infinite fullness of eternal perfections, even as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. WE do not determine who and what God is, but we bow with docile attentive hearts before God’s Self-revelation in the Scriptures. If we fail to do that we are no different from Aaron who made the golden calf at Sinai; no different from Jeroboam who set up calves in Bethel and Dan that Israel might worship God through those images. This was the sin which caused Israel to wander ever farther from God into the abominations of the heathen, into outright idol worship. He who worships God must do so in Spirit and in truth. 

God is One! Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our Almighty is one Jehovah. (Deut. 6:4). There are animal beings, human beings, angel beings, but there is only one divine Being, Who is God. He is the Holy One of Israel. He is the righteous Judge Who judges all men in perfect justice. He alone has all knowledge and wisdom. He is the God of all grace, to Whom belongs the full power to bestow that grace. He is the only source of every good and perfect gift. Besides Him there is and can be no other. In holy adoration we stammer, God is GOD. 

Our God is Triune. 

We confess with the church of all ages that God is one essence with three persons. We also are personal beings. To put it simply, our person distinguishes each one of us from the other as an individual. Each of us has his own personal distinctiveness, which we express every time we say “I.” This person, interestingly enough, permeates one’s whole being. It determines the color of our hair and eyes, the texture of our skin. It is impressed upon our thumb prints. It comes to expression in our voice, in our character, yes, in every part of our soul and body. Even though we constantly change, our person never changes. Once we were born, we were children, we grew up, ultimately we die, our body enters the grave while our soul goes into eternity unto the day when soul and body will once more be united, but always the person remains the same. That “I” never changes. 

In us there is but one prison; in God there are three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The individuality of the Father rests in this, that He generates the Son as the exact duplicate of His person, and that He breathes forth the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Father. The distinctiveness of the Son is that He continually draws His life from the Father, and at the same time breathes forth the Holy Spirit as the spirit of the Son. The characteristic of the Holy Spirit is that He proceeds from the Father to the Son, and from the Son to the Father, uniting the three persons in intimate fellowship. The Spirit always searches the depths of God, whereby all three persons experience the riches of the glory of their infinite perfections in communion of life, rejoicing in the beauty of the holiness of the Godhead as God blessed forever. 

For, let us never forget, these three are indeed one. All three persons are eternal, omnipresent, unchangeable, self-sufficient, intelligent, infinitely good as the holy, righteous God of all truth and grace. Together Father, Son, and Holy Spirit think the same thoughts, plan the same works, decree the same goals, speak the same language, working in closest interaction among each other. 

Our Catechism asks, “Since there is but one divine essence, why speakest thou of Father, Son and Holy Ghost?” We might slip in the question, why is this so important for us to know? To which the modest answer is given, “Because God hath so revealed himself in his word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.” Humbly we confess, we know and want to know because the Bible tells me so. We can only marvel that God in His eternal goodness reveals Himself to us exactly as He is, that we may know Him, the true and living God, Whom to know is life eternal. 

Our Triune God is the Living God. 

God is the ever working, resting God. All His works proceed from the Father, to be carried out in the Son and through the Holy Spirit. He sees all that He does, and eternally rejoices in His perfectly accomplished work. This is evident from creation. Is it not significant that the trinity is mentioned already in the first verses of Genesis 1? We read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Whereupon follows, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” This is obviously the third person of the trinity, through Whom all things were made. And then, “And God said.” John tells us in his gospel account, “In the beginning was the Word (the Son, the Christ, the revelation of the Father), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” No wonder that the Psalmist declares, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath (Spirit) of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6). 

All three persons were also engaged in the work of redemption. The Father spared not His only begotten Son, but gave Him as a ransom for the sins of His people. (Rom. 8:32). The Son laid down His life as a sacrifice for sin, supported by the Holy Spirit Who had come upon Him at the beginning of His public ministry. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, for the Father atoned for our sins in His Son and through the sustaining power of His Spirit. 

The work of our sanctification is no less carried out by our Triune God. God has exalted Christ, His Son, to the position of authority in the heavens, as a reward on. His accomplished work on the cross. There Christ intercedes for us and is heard. God bestows upon Him every spiritual blessing, which He, in turn, pours out upon the church through His Word and Spirit. We are reminded of this every Sunday when the divine benediction is laid upon us: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” (II Cor. 13:14). All the work of salvation whereby we are prepared for and brought into heavenly glory is wrought of God in Christ, through the Spirit of Christ Who dwells in us. 

This God is Our Covenant God. 

He is completely Self-sufficient. God lives and enjoys His own glorious covenant life in Himself. He has no need of men’s hands to be worshipped by them. It is His eternal, sovereign good pleasure that wills to bring the creature into His life and blessedness to enjoy Him forever. 

God loves His people, chosen in Christ, as His royal family. He calls us out of death into life, provides for all our needs, cares for us as a Father for His children; in all the trials and vicissitudes of life He watches over us and hides us in the safety of the Fortress of His power. He transforms us into the likeness of His dear Son, Jesus Christ, bestowing on us every spiritual blessing that prepares us for glory. 

He will never rest until He has taken us to Himself, to behold Him face to face, to share His blessed covenant fellowship, and to praise His glorious Name unto all eternity!

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” (Psalm 48:14).

Ques. 24. How are these articles divided? 

Ans. Into three parts; the first is of God the Father, and our creation; the second of God the Son, and our redemption; the third of God the Holy Ghost, and our sanctification. 

Ques. 25. Since there is but one only divine essence, why speakest thou of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost? 

Ans. Because God hath so revealed himself in his word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.

Lord’s Day 9, Heidelberg Catechism.

“I believe.” 

Those were the words spoken by the father of the demoniac when he came to Jesus wondering whether it was possible for Jesus to heal his son, and Jesus answered him that all things are possible to him who believes. That was the testimony of the Ethiopian eunuch when Philip preached Christ to him as the only Savior. That faith dawned in the heart of the Philippian jailer when Paul told him that the only possible way of salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ. These same words have come from the lips of children, of young people, of men and women all over the world, even from the lips of the dying. 

“I believe in God.” Those are the first words preserved for us and confessed by us in the Apostolic Creed. What great joy, what amazing peace, what boundless blessing is expressed in those few words! It is the joy wrought in the heart of the blind man whom Jesus healed, whereby he cried out, “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25) It is the joy that floods the soul of parents when God fulfills His promise in the hearts of their children, “I will be thy God and the God of thy seed after thee.” It is the comfort in the loss of dear ones who have witnessed of their faith and of the hope that can never be put to shame. For the opposite of this faith is wicked unbelief, blindness, rebellion, and infinite misery; the horrible experience that to live apart from God is death; now, at journey’s end, forever.

Our God is GOD. 

Our Book of Instruction speaks of “one divine essence.” Our Belgic Confession states in the first article, “We all believes with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God. . . .” 

God is! Unbelief always denies this. Scripture calls him a fool who says in his heart, There is no God. The world of our day has done away with God, so that the very mention of His Name arouses bitter antipathy. Every effort is put forth to replace God with the name MAN. Yet inspite of every effort of unbelief God still directs all things by His providence, carries out His eternal purpose, and gives His undeniable testimony that He is God. The tiniest flower that lifts its head among the grass, the raging storm and the fearful earthquake continue to declare that God is in the heavens, let the whole earth be silent before Him. The wicked may ignore the inner voice of conscience, yet God never ceases to testify in the heart of every man, woman, and child that He is God, and that there is no God besides Him. For the pagan who prostrates and castigates himself before his idol only proves thereby that he chooses to worship the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. (Rom. 1:25). The day is not far off when every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the one, only true God. 

God is GOD! We can allow for no tolerance on that score. God is the infinite fullness of eternal perfections, even as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. WE do not determine who and what God is, but we bow with docile attentive hearts before God’s Self-revelation in the Scriptures. If we fail to do that we are no different from Aaron who made the golden calf at Sinai; no different from Jeroboam who set up calves in Bethel and Dan that Israel might worship God through those images. This was the sin which caused Israel to wander ever farther from God into the abominations of the heathen, into outright idol worship. He who worships God must do so in Spirit and in truth. 

God is One! Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our Almighty is one Jehovah. (Deut. 6:4). There are animal beings, human beings, angel beings, but there is only one divine Being, Who is God. He is the Holy One of Israel. He is the righteous Judge Who judges all men in perfect justice. He alone has all knowledge and wisdom. He is the God of all grace, to Whom belongs the full power to bestow that grace. He is the only source of every good and perfect gift. Besides Him there is and can be no other. In holy adoration we stammer, God is GOD. 

Our God is Triune. 

We confess with the church of all ages that God is one essence with three persons. We also are personal beings. To put it simply, our person distinguishes each one of us from the other as an individual. Each of us has his own personal distinctiveness, which we express every time we say “I.” This person, interestingly enough, permeates one’s whole being. It determines the color of our hair and eyes, the texture of our skin. It is impressed upon our thumb prints. It comes to expression in our voice, in our character, yes, in every part of our soul and body. Even though we constantly change, our person never changes. Once we were born, we were children, we grew up, ultimately we die, our body enters the grave while our soul goes into eternity unto the day when soul and body will once more be united, but always the person remains the same. That “I” never changes. 

In us there is but one prison; in God there are three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The individuality of the Father rests in this, that He generates the Son as the exact duplicate of His person, and that He breathes forth the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Father. The distinctiveness of the Son is that He continually draws His life from the Father, and at the same time breathes forth the Holy Spirit as the spirit of the Son. The characteristic of the Holy Spirit is that He proceeds from the Father to the Son, and from the Son to the Father, uniting the three persons in intimate fellowship. The Spirit always searches the depths of God, whereby all three persons experience the riches of the glory of their infinite perfections in communion of life, rejoicing in the beauty of the holiness of the Godhead as God blessed forever. 

For, let us never forget, these three are indeed one. All three persons are eternal, omnipresent, unchangeable, self-sufficient, intelligent, infinitely good as the holy, righteous God of all truth and grace. Together Father, Son, and Holy Spirit think the same thoughts, plan the same works, decree the same goals, speak the same language, working in closest interaction among each other. 

Our Catechism asks, “Since there is but one divine essence, why speakest thou of Father, Son and Holy Ghost?” We might slip in the question, why is this so important for us to know? To which the modest answer is given, “Because God hath so revealed himself in his word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God.” Humbly we confess, we know and want to know because the Bible tells me so. We can only marvel that God in His eternal goodness reveals Himself to us exactly as He is, that we may know Him, the true and living God, Whom to know is life eternal. 

Our Triune God is the Living God. 

God is the ever working, resting God. All His works proceed from the Father, to be carried out in the Son and through the Holy Spirit. He sees all that He does, and eternally rejoices in His perfectly accomplished work. This is evident from creation. Is it not significant that the trinity is mentioned already in the first verses of Genesis 1? We read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Whereupon follows, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” This is obviously the third person of the trinity, through Whom all things were made. And then, “And God said.” John tells us in his gospel account, “In the beginning was the Word (the Son, the Christ, the revelation of the Father), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” No wonder that the Psalmist declares, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath (Spirit) of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6). 

All three persons were also engaged in the work of redemption. The Father spared not His only begotten Son, but gave Him as a ransom for the sins of His people. (Rom. 8:32). The Son laid down His life as a sacrifice for sin, supported by the Holy Spirit Who had come upon Him at the beginning of His public ministry. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, for the Father atoned for our sins in His Son and through the sustaining power of His Spirit. 

The work of our sanctification is no less carried out by our Triune God. God has exalted Christ, His Son, to the position of authority in the heavens, as a reward on. His accomplished work on the cross. There Christ intercedes for us and is heard. God bestows upon Him every spiritual blessing, which He, in turn, pours out upon the church through His Word and Spirit. We are reminded of this every Sunday when the divine benediction is laid upon us: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” (II Cor. 13:14). All the work of salvation whereby we are prepared for and brought into heavenly glory is wrought of God in Christ, through the Spirit of Christ Who dwells in us. 

This God is Our Covenant God. 

He is completely Self-sufficient. God lives and enjoys His own glorious covenant life in Himself. He has no need of men’s hands to be worshipped by them. It is His eternal, sovereign good pleasure that wills to bring the creature into His life and blessedness to enjoy Him forever. 

God loves His people, chosen in Christ, as His royal family. He calls us out of death into life, provides for all our needs, cares for us as a Father for His children; in all the trials and vicissitudes of life He watches over us and hides us in the safety of the Fortress of His power. He transforms us into the likeness of His dear Son, Jesus Christ, bestowing on us every spiritual blessing that prepares us for glory. 

He will never rest until He has taken us to Himself, to behold Him face to face, to share His blessed covenant fellowship, and to praise His glorious Name unto all eternity!

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” (Psalm 48:14).