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  • Heidelberg Catechism (extended)

    The Catechism Method of Instruction in the Christian Religion As the Same is Taught in the Reformed Churches and Schools (with the Scripture references written out)

    Note. This Catechism is fully based on the Scriptures. The references to Scripture are indicated in parentheses with a letter. For example, the letter (a) points to the texts (a) placed after the answer.

    1. Lord's Day

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


    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


    Rom.14:7,8 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for

    the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. b

    1 Cor.6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you

    have from God, and that you are not your own? c

    1 Cor.3:23 and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.

    Tit.2:14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a

    people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. d

    1 Pet.1:18,19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from

    your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb

    unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one

    another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of

    the whole world.

    1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His

    name’s sake. e

    Heb.2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of

    the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the

    devil, 1 John 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The

    Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave

    of sin. 35 “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 “So if the

    Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. f

  • 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

    Q. 2. How many things are necessary for you to know, that you, enjoying this comfort, may live and die happily?


    Three; a the first, how great my sins and miseries are; b the second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries; c the third, how I shall express my gratitude to God for such deliverance. d

    John 6:39 “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but

    raise it up on the last day. John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out

    of My hand. 2 Thess.3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

    1 Pet.1:5 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed

    in the last time. g

    Matt.10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground

    apart from your Father. 30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 “So do not fear;

    you are more valuable than many sparrows.

    Luke 21:18 “Yet not a hair of your head will perish. h

    Rom.8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,

    to those who are called according to His purpose. i

    2 Cor.1:20-22 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through

    Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ

    and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. 2 Cor.5:5 Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a


    Eph.1:13,14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—

    having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a

    pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His

    glory. Rom.8:16 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, j

    Rom.8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

    1 John 3:3 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. a

    Matt.11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take

    My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST

    FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

    Luke 24:46-48 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again

    from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in

    His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 “You are witnesses of these things.

  • The First Part - Of The Misery Of Man

    2. Lord's Day

    Q. 3. Whence knowest thou thy misery?


    1 Cor.6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were

    justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

    Tit 3:3-For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and

    pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. 4 But when the kindness

    of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which

    we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and

    renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

    7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


    John 9:41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’

    your sin remains.

    John 15:22 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no

    excuse for their sin. c

    John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom

    You have sent.

    Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has

    been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 10:43 “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in

    Him receives forgiveness of sins.” d

    Eph.5:8-11 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of

    Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to

    learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but

    instead even expose them; 1 Pet.2:9,10 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s

    OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of

    darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE

    OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. Rom.6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it

    never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

    Rom.6:12,13 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do

    not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present

    yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to


  • Out of the law of God. (a)


    Rom.3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be

    justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    Q. 4. What does the law of God require of us?


    Christ teaches us that briefly, Matt. 22:

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