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I Belong To My Faithful Savior

HEIDELBERG CATECHISM, LORD’S DAY 1

 

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?

Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.

 

I Belong To My Faithful Savior

Sunday, January 1: Romans 14:7-9

My greatest comfort and joy is that I belong to Jesus! This is the essential Christian profession of faith. The Heidelberg Catechism is even more specific: “I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” This is the voice of humility. We are broken people, sinners, prone to wander and leave the God we love. We daily need the gospel for life and hope. This profession is, therefore, the voice of confidence. Jesus is our identity, is our calm assurance in trials, and dispels our fear of the future. These themes – humility and confidence – are inseparable. It is the humble awareness of our profound sinful, broken and faithless condition that sets us free to confidently embrace the Father’s lavish and faithful grace given in Christ. Tim Keller states: “The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me” (The Reason for God, 181). The Heidelberg, in the spirit of gospel repentance and faith, invites us to boldly embrace this humble confidence: “I belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” What is your greatest comfort and joy?

Pastor Calvin Hoogendoorn