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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2010, p. 92. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 8  Question 24. How are these articles divided?  Answer. 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.  Question 25. Since there is but one only divine essence, why speakest thou of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?  Answer. Because God hath so revealed Himself in His Word, that these three distinct persons are the one only true and eternal God. A Foundational Truth...

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Previous article in this series: August 2010, p. 451. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7 Question 20. Are all men then, as they perished in Adam, saved by Christ? Answer. No, only those who are ingrafted into Him, and receive all His benefits, by a true faith. Question 21. What is true faith? Answer. True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in His Word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart; that not only to others, but to me...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2008, p. 85. Lord’s Day 1 Q. 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death? A. That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Covenant of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Spokane, Washington. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2009, p. 41. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 4 Question 9. Doth not God then do injustice to man, by requiring from him in His law, that which he cannot perform? Answer. Not at all; for God made man capable of performing it; but man, by the instigation of the devil, and his own willful disobedience, deprived himself and all his posterity of those divine gifts. Question 10. Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished? Answer. By...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Covenant of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Spokane, Washington. Previous article in this series: April 1, 2009, p. 298. Lord’s Day 3 Question 6. Did God then create man so wicked and perverse? Answer. By no means; but God created man good, and after His own image, in true righteousness and holiness, that he might rightly know God his Creator, heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal happiness to glorify and praise Him. Question 7. Whence then proceeds this depravity of human nature? Answer. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents,...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 11 Question 29. Why is the Son of God called Jesus, that is, a Savior? Answer. Because He saveth us, and delivereth us from our sins; and likewise, because we ought not to seek, neither can find salvation in any other. Question 30. Do such then believe in Jesus the only Savior, who seek their salvation and welfare of saints, of themselves, or anywhere else? Answer. They do not; for though they boast of Him in words, yet in deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Savior; for one of these two things must be...

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