The Heidelberg Diet (Week 1)

I will begin posting each week a question from the Heidelberg Catechism. Why a catechism? One reason is that it safeguards the purity of the church and another it is a personal exercise for Christian growth to familiarize yourself with doctrine. Tom Nettles of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary gives some encouragement as to using catechisms: (Part 1 and Part 2)

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, (a) am not my own, (b) but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; (c) who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, (d) and delivered me from all the power of the devil; (e) and so preserves me (f) that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; (g) yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, (h) and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, (i) and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him. (j)

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