Heidelberg Catechism #2 “What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?”

Posted: July 30, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Heidelberg Catechism
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2. Q. What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

A. First, how great my sins and misery are;[1] second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery;[2] third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.[3]

[1] Rom. 3:9, 10; I John 1:10. [2] John 17:3; Acts 4:12; 10:43. [3] Matt. 5:16; Rom. 6:13; Eph. 5:8-10; I Pet. 2:9, 10.

Essentially, it is the Gospel, pure and simple, that is necessary for the believer’s hope in this life and the next. Implied in this faith, as mentioned in being “thankful”, is the path of sanctification. Sanctification is the outworking of our salvation in this life. While thankfulness is very much part of the motives in sanctification, I think that there is much more that fuels a holy desire. John Piper, in his book “Future Grace” , expands on the doctrine of sanctification and our motives in it.  Here is an excerpt,

What is future grace? It is all that God promises to be for us from this second on. Saving faith means being confident and satisfied in this ever-arriving future grace. This is why saving faith is also sanctifying faith. The power of sin’s promise is broken by the power of a superior satisfaction; namely, faith in future grace. Gratitude for past grace was never meant to empower future obedience. Tomorrow’s crisis demands tomorrow’s grace. And faith that future grace will be there is the victory that overcomes the world.”


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