Oct 252009

What did you teach?

What did you learn?

Did you hear the Gospel?

We continue in the Heidelberg Catechism:

Question 59. But what does it profit thee now that thou believest all this?

Answer: That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life. (a)

(a) Hab.2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Rom.1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Question 60. How are thou righteous before God?

Answer: Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; (a) so that, though my conscience accuse me, that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, (b) and am still inclined to all evil; (c) notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, (d) but only of mere grace, (e) grants and imputes to me, (f) the perfect satisfaction, (g) righteousness and holiness of Christ; (h) even so, as if I never had had, nor committed any sin: yea, as if I had fully accomplished all that obedience which Christ has accomplished for me; (i) inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a believing heart. (j)

(a) Rom.3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom.3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom.3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom.3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Rom.3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Rom.3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Rom.5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Rom.5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Gal.2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Eph.2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph.2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Philip.3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (b) Rom.3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; (c) Rom.7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (d) Tit.3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Deut.9:6 Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people. Ezek.36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (e) Rom.3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Eph.2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (f) Rom.4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. Rom.4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 2 Cor.5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (g) 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (h) 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (i) 2 Cor.5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (j) Rom.3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Question 61. Why sayest thou, that thou art righteous by faith only?

Answer: Not that I am acceptable to God, on account of the worthiness of my faith; but because only the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, is my righteousness before God; (a) and that I cannot receive and apply the same to myself any other way than by faith only. (b)

(a) 1 Cor.1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Cor.2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (b) 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

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  1. You wouldn’t believe me even if I told you. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Today is Reformation Sunday. A commemoration of the day that Romans 3:28 took life in the Church again – “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.”

    I think an important notation for today is that the only place we get Christian doctrine is from the Bible. And if the Bible is not used in it’s completeness and context, then the teaching is probably a false teaching.

  3. My husband and I were up in the Bay Area last night and got home late so, being tired of driving, we decided to attend St. Seraphim’s here in town rather than make the hour-long trip up to Felton. The services are almost exactly the same except that St. Seraphim’s is in Russian and Slavonic. But the tunes to the hymns are the same so I could hum along and thus participate.

    As to the sermon… I have no idea what it was about as Fr. George read something very long in Russian. But the Gospel reading was about the Widow of Nain and that was read in both Russian and English.

    The church was packed. Every time we visit St. Seraphim’s there’s more and more people, glory to God. Years ago when I first visited the congregation seemed to consist of a few older Russians but now there’s people of all ages. The choir sounded terrific today since it seems to have doubled in size.

    While the homily was being read I took the opportunity to look around at the people. In this parish, the women stand on the left and the men stand on the right, as in a monastery church. Standard attire for Orthodox females consists of a longish skirt, long sleeves and a headcovering of some kind. It was interesting to see how different women carried this out. There’s the ascetic look – almost Mennonite in appearance. There’s the hippie look- wispy and flowery- which I find rather appealing. Then there’s what I call Moscow Chic, a very stylish urban look. Then there’s what I call the Grand Duchess look- elderly ladies with big hats.

    Among EO men, the most conservative hairstyle is long hair in a ponytail, worn by most conservative priests, along with a beard. It’s pretty much the opposite idea from the West where long hair and a scraggly beard is considered a sign of rebellion and or non-conformity.

    My favorite part of the Russian Liturgy is near the end where the choir (and people) sing


    (That’s Holy, holy, holy in English.)

    We believe that when we participating in the Divine Liturgy we are in a very real sense participating with the Angels in heaven as they worship the Lord, as described in the book of Revelation. So SVOT! SVOT! SVOT!

  4. MLD,

    Problem is that we all think we get our doctrine from the Bible…

  5. Question 60-61 along with the answers are the foundational truths of the reformation and worth memorizing.

  6. Michael,
    Actually, all heresey comes from the Bible also ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But there are groups, who get their doctrine from other sources besides the Bible.

  7. Context and completeness is also vital. I remember right after 911 George Bush (who is no theologian and should probably never reference the topic), quoting Rom 8:28; said “The Bible says that we know that all things work together for good.”

    Well, since he did not complete the verse, even though he used the Bible, George Bush gave a false teaching and became dangerous to the Christian faith.

  8. MLD,

    You’re funny.


  9. “God’s man in Corinth” Acts 18:1-11

    The People he found vv1-3

    The Pressing of God vv3-6

    The Persuaded of God v8

    The Provision of God vv9-11

  10. While I agree MLD can be an amusing–dare I say “witty”?–fellow. I don’t see anything funny about anything he’s said in this thread. It seems quite reasonable and spot on.

  11. MLD,

    Yes. George Bush.

    The one who at the end of his eight years said the Bible is “probably not” literally true and that evolution doesn’t clash with the Bible.

  12. MLD,

    No, he was not a theologian.

    Theologians need to know how to read and use complete sentences.


  13. Well, my intention wasn’t to bash Bush (too easy) but to give an example of using the Bible (even if well intentioned) but giving a false teaching.

    If you don’t include “to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” you have given the people the impression that God is a universalist and “will work it all out” no matter if you are a Christian or not.

    Again, my bigger point is that on this Reformation Day the word of God stands alone – with no input from human authority, experience, tradition or reason.

  14. We didn’t go to service, but had our own “church” here at home since MrFixit is a bit under the weather. We read Oswald Chambers from My Utmost, the talked and prayed together.
    Does that count? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, it counts….we ARE church, the “called out ones”….I hope ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. MLD et al. Lemme get back to you on the open blogging thread.

  16. We looked at Martin Luther’s favorite passage in the Epistle of James…Ch 2:14-26. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    God saves us by His grace through faith – and the faith He gives us is living, active, and vital. Warren Wiersbe had a great statement here: “Beware of a mere intellectual faith. No man can come to Christ by faith and remain the same any more than he can come into contact with a 220-volt wire and remain the same.” Amen!

    The full notes are here, if anyone’s interested. Audio should be up a little later this morning on our website.

  17. Anyone who has any question about faith and doesn’t read Pastor Tim’s linked sermon above will be without excuse before the throne (in this old lady’s opinion). I’d love to cut and paste his pithy comparison illustration of the faith of demons and those of us who pretend, but don’t practice faith… probably not clearly stated here on my part…
    God bless and keep Pastor Tim I pray.

  18. God bless you as well, Psalm62.

  19. Went to a really great women’s retreat this weekend. A little over one hundred women, some great discussions and teaching and worship. We talked about ceasing and feasting….and God is stirring some things that began over a year ago. I’m excited to see how they come to fruition.

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