Question: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
Answer: That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ, who
by with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and has redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head, indeed that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.
The Heidelberg Catechism, Introduction (qq.1-2) Lord’s Day 1
What a comfort to have lodged in our memories!
Before last week I had not thought about catechisms for some while – how things have changed. One of the speakers at the conference I was on last week mentioned that he was using his sabbatical (in part) to memorise The Heidelberg Catechism and he quoted this section. I found it so beautiful that I decided to look into memorising it myself.
To help me, and share these wonderful truths with you I thought I would try typing it from memory. The crossed-out words and the bold words are for my benefit to see which bits I am stumbling over.
But don’t worry about all that – just enjoy the amazing truths contained in it – comfort indeed for all those who call on the name of our faithful Saviour Jesus Christ and trust in His precious blood.