21 February 2009

Lord's Day 8 Heidelberg Catechism

Lords' Day 8:

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 1:1-4; John 1:1-8; Genesis 18; Matthew 28:18-20

Question 24. How are these articles divided?
Answer. Into three parts: The first concerns God the Father and our creation; the second, God the Son and our redemption; and the third, God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification.
Question 25. Since there is only one divine Being, why do you speak of three, Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit?
Answer. Because that is how God is revealed in God's own Word; these three distinct persons are one, true, eternal God.

G.I. Williamson sums up his chapter on Lord's Day 8 in his Study Guide this way, ...Let us think of the words of the Apostle John. They make it clear that we must believe in each of these persons. "Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also" (1 John 2:23). Those who do not know - and believe in - this triune God do not have God but only an idol. So let us make sure that we confess this triune God with the church of all ages.

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