Archive for June, 2014

July 1

July 1

June 30, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

July 1 HC #65 -Ezekiel 36:22-28 This short catechism answer teaches us three truths.  The Holy Spirit is responsible for creating faith in us, He creates it through preaching, and confirms it through the sacraments. It is probably not widely accepted any more that faith comes from God.  Most would think we create faith within […]

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June 30

June 30

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June 30 HC #64 – John 15:1-5 We have seen how a tree that is alive and well will bear fruit.  It is what it does.  We have also discussed how it is impossible not to bring forth fruits of thankfulness.  I want to emphasis again to you why it is impossible.  It is impossible […]

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June 29

June 29

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June 29 HC# 64 – Matthew 7:15-23 The idea of it being impossible for a Christian to fail to bring forth works of thankfulness is not something the Heidelberg made up on its own.  It takes it from Jesus himself.  In Matthew 7, Christ is warning the disciples about false prophets, and he states that […]

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June 28

June 28

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June 28 HC #64 – Romans 6:1-2 One of the objections to Reformed doctrine of salvation that is found in these past few questions is dealt with here in question 64.  If you are saved by faith alone and by Christ alone, with our works playing no role, then won’t this make you go out […]

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June 27

June 27

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  June 27 HC #63 – Deuteronomy 11:1-15 Since we have established that God will be judging works, not a basis of salvation, and that we cannot merit any reward from our work, how then will God give us a reward for some of our work? The answer is that the reward is not of […]

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June 26

June 26

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June 26 HC#63 – Luke 17:7-10 Since yesterday we established that we have a judgment of works and it is God’s will to reward our work, the question now becomes whether or not we “merit” that reward.  Did we earn a reward with our work? Jesus lays it out quite plain in Luke 17:7-10.  He […]

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June 25

June 25

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  June 25 HC#63 – I Corinthians 3:10-15 Heidelberg Question 63 deals with whether or not our works will be rewarded in heaven, and what is the basis of that reward.  Remember that at the time of the writing of the Catechism the Roman Catholic Church taught that Christians could do good works above and […]

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June 24

June 24

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June 24 HC#62 – Mark 10:17-31 Jesus nicely displays the problem with works in the confrontation with the Rich Young Ruler.  In Mark 10, we see the rich ruler come to Jesus and asks Jesus a question: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”.  The rich young ruler is asking what he […]

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June 23

June 23

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June 23 HC#62 – Isaiah 64 (especially verse 6) Isaiah summarizes why our righteousness is nothing before God in Isaiah 64:6.  Isaiah reminds us “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.”  This is no mistake.  Isaiah is saying that even your righteous deeds are polluted.  Our best deeds are soiled and therefore unacceptable […]

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June 22

June 22

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June 22 HC#62 – Galatians 3:10-14 Paul states it clearly in Galatians 3:10.  If you rely on works then you are cursed.  Your works must fight the law, and fit it 100%.  Cursed is everyone who does not abide to do all the works of the law, which is from Deuteronomy 27:26.  Paul is simply […]

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