Heidelberg Catechism on Law – questions 94, 4, 5

94. What does God require in the first Commandment?

That, on peril of my soul’s salvation, I avoid and flee all idolatry, sorcery, enchantments, invocation of saints or of other creatures; and that I rightly acknowledge the only true God, trust in Him alone, with all humility and patience expect all good from Him only, and love, fear, and honor Him with my whole heart; so as rather to renounce all creatures than to do the least thing against His will.

4. What does the Law of God require of us?

Christ teaches us in sum, Matthew 22: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

5. Can you keep all this perfectly?

No, for I am prone by nature to hate God and my neighbor.

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Author: Brad

Sinner saved by the sovereign grace of God in the doing, dying, and rising of His Son Jesus Christ.