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Introduction Beginning with this issue of the Standard Bearer, the undersigned has agreed to write a series of articles explaining the Second Helvetic Confession. These articles will regularly appear in the rubric “Believing and Confessing.” This first article and the one that is to follow will serve as a general introduction to this new series. In this article we will focus on the author of the Second Helvetic Confession, Heinrich Bullinger. In the next article we will take an overview of the confession that he penned. Very likely most readers of the Standard Bearer are not familiar with this Reformed...

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Lord’s Day 25 Question 65. Since then we are made partakers of Christ and all His benefits by faith only, whence doth this faith proceed? Answer. From the Holy Ghost, who works faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel, and confirms it by the use of the sacraments. Question 66. What are the sacraments? Answer. The sacraments are holy, visible signs and seals, appointed of God for this end, that by the use thereof, He may the more fully declare and seal to us the promise of the gospel, namely, that He grants us freely the remission...

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Lord’s Day 24 Question 62. But why cannot our good works be the whole or part of our righteousness before God? Answer. Because that the righteousness which can be approved of before the tribunal of God must be absolutely perfect, and in all respects conformable to the divine law; and also, that our best works in this life are all imperfect and defiled with sin. Question 63. What! do not our good works merit, which yet God will reward in this and in a future life? Answer. This reward is not of merit, but of grace. Question 64. But doth...

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Lord’s Day 23 Question 59. But what doth it profit thee now that thou believest all this? Answer. That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life. Question 60. How art thou righteous before God? Answer. Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil; notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, grants and imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and...

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Lord’s Day 22 Question 57. What comfort doth the “resurrection of the body” afford thee? Answer. That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its head; but also, that this my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be re­united with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ. Question 58. What comfort takest thou from the article of “life everlasting”? Answer. That since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, after this life I shall inherit perfect salvation, which “eye hath not seen,...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21 Question 54. What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ? Answer. That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith; and that I am and for ever shall remain, a living member thereof. Question 55. What do you understand by “the communion of saints”? Answer. First, that all and every one who believes, being members of Christ, are, in common, partakers...

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Lord’s Day 20 Question 53. What dost thou believe concerning the Holy Ghost? Answer. First, that He is true and co-eternal God with the Father and the Son; secondly, that He is also given me, to make me, by a true faith, partaker of Christ and all His benefits, that He may comfort me and abide with me for ever. In this Lord’s Day we have the Catechism’s brief treat­ment of the Holy Spirit. At first it may seem that the Reformed faith does not give enough attention to the Holy Spirit. After all, isn’t He as much God as...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 18 Question 46. How dost thou understand these words, “He ascended into heaven”? Answer. That Christ, in sight of His disciples, was taken up from earth into heaven; and that He continues there for our interest, until He comes again to judge the quick and the dead. Question 47. Is not Christ then with us even to the end of the world, as He hath prom­ised? Answer. Christ is very man and very God; with respect to his human nature, He is no more on earth; but with respect to His Godhead, majesty, grace, and spirit,...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 17 Question 45. What doth the resurrection of Christ profit us? Answer. First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of that righteousness which He had purchased for us by His death; secondly, we are also by His power raised up to a new life; and lastly, the resurrec­tion of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.   This Lord’s Day brings us to the first of the four steps of Christ’s exaltation. Following His humiliation on account of our sins, Christ arose from the grave, ascended into...

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