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Heidelberg Catechism | Set to Rhyme & Music | Aart Blokhuis | May 20/11 |
Melody: Johann Crüger, 1653 (Hymn 24 BOP “With Heart and Mouth Let All Confess “)
Lord’s Day 7 in Song
1.) Are all men saved, as all men died
Through Adam’s sinful deed?
No, only those who by true faith,
Grafted in Christ, indeed.
2.) Then, can you tell me, what’s true faith?
All, in God’s Word revealed,
Eternal righteousness and grace
Through Christ’s own merit sealed.
3.) It is to have firm confidence,
As others, just like me,
God grants forgiveness for our sins
When He died on that tree.
4.) What must a Christian then believe?
All, what He promised true,
Articles of undoubted faith,
Here, summarized for you
5.) (1) That I believe in God alone
Maker of heaven and earth,
(2) And Jesus Christ His only Son
The source of all rebirth.
6.) (3) Conceived by God the Holy Ghost
Through virgin Mary born,
(4) Sentenced by Pontius Pilate;
From life and honour torn.
7.) He entered into Hell’s domain
(5) But rose on the third day,
(6) Exalted at Father’s right hand,
In glorious crowned array.
8.) (7) From there He’ll come to judge all men,
The living and the dead,
(8) And I believe God Holy Ghost
By whom all faith is fed.
9.) (9) One Holy Catholic Christian Church
With His saints, one, made whole,
(10) He, all our sins chose to allay
(11) Renewed in body and soul;
10.) (12) Life promised with no end of day.
Let all give praise and say,
“He is the Alpha – Omega,
Come quickly Lord!” We pray.
Copied from Book of Praise Anglo Genevan Psalter
Lord’s Day 7
- 20. Q. Are all men, then, saved by Christ
just as they perished through Adam?
Only those are saved
who by a true faith
are grafted into Christ
and accept all his benefits.1
1 Mt 7:14; Jn 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; Rom 11:16-21.
- 21. Q. What is true faith?
A. True faith is a sure knowledge
whereby I accept as true
all that God has revealed to us in his Word.1
At the same time it is a firm confidence2
that not only to others, but also to me,3
God has granted forgiveness of sins,
everlasting righteousness, and salvation,4
out of mere grace,
only for the sake of Christ’s merits.5
This faith the Holy Spirit works in my heart
by the gospel.6
1 Jn 17:3, 17; Heb 11:1-3; Jas 2:19.
2 Rom 4:18-21; 5:1; 10:10; Heb 4:16.
3 Gal 2:20.
4 Rom 1:17; Heb 10:10.
5 Rom 3:20-26; Gal 2:16; Eph 2:8-10.
6 Acts 16:14; Rom 1:16; 10:17; 1 Cor 1:21.
- 22. Q. What, then, must a Christian believe?
A. All that is promised us in the gospel,1
which the articles of our
catholic and undoubted Christian faith
teach us in a summary.
1 Mt 28:19; Jn 20:30, 31.
- 23. Q. What are these articles?
A. I. 1. I believe in God the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
II. 2. I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only-begotten Son, our Lord;
3. he was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary;
4. suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell.
5. On the third day he arose from the dead;
6. he ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand
of God the Father almighty;
7. from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
III. 8. I believe in the Holy Spirit;
9. I believe a holy catholic Christian church,
the communion of saints;
10. the forgiveness of sins;
11. the resurrection of the body;
12. and the life everlasting.