Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Heidelberg Catechsim on "True Faith"

“True faith is not only a knowledge and conviction that everything God reveals in his Word is true; it is also a deep-rooted assurance, created in me by the Holy Spirit through the gospel, that, out of sheer grace earned for us by Christ, not only others, but I too, have had my sins forgiven, have been made forever right with God, and have been granted salvation.”

The Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 21, posted at "Of First Importance"

"The Heidelberg Catechism, one of the confessional jewels of the Protestant Reformation, presents 129 questions and answers of remarkably warm and practical Christian piety, including wonderful treatments of the Ten Commandments, of prayer, and of 'my only comfort in life and in death.'

"The two men usually thought to have authored the document, Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus, were only a little older than college students at the time they wrote."

-- C. Plantinga, Engaging God's World, p.xviii (Eerdmans 2002)

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