Happy Belated Birthday to the Heidelberg Catechism!

Yesterday (January 19th) was the 448th anniversary of the adoption of the Heidelberg Catechism by the Synod of Heidelberg. It was authored by Zacharius Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus at the request of Elector Frederick III. It is one of the Three Forms of Unity, along with the Canons of Dordt, and the Belgic Confession, which are the Confessional Standards of many Reformed denominations of the past and present. It is probably best known for the first question and answer which has brought comfort and assurance to many believers over the last 448 years:

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

May we all rest in the Sovereign grace of our loving Lord as we “live unto him.”

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