Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 19

Hebrews 9:28 (New International Version)
28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

As Jesus is currently reigning at the right hand of God, we have a hope or an assurance that one day he will return to judge the quick and the dead. There is a saying that all Christians should agree on.
"those who are born twice die once...
those who are born once die twice... "
Remember Jesus telling Nicodemus about needing to be born again.

3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.[a]"
4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[
b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You[c] must be born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
9"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.

See how Jesus says in vs. 3 that "no one can see the kingdom of God". The word can has to do with ability. So, it is basically saying that no one has the ability to see the Kingdom of God, unless (a necessary condition is met) they are born again.

Now look at verse 5. Jesus says that no one has the ability to enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.

So rebirth is at the turning point of going from spiritually dead to spiritually alive. And this is by the Grace of God. Just like God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing. God creates faith in our souls out of nothing.

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

Grace and Peace,
Chris Allen
Coram Deo!!!

His Reign
Lord’s Day 19

50. Why is it added: “And sits at the right hand of God?”
Because Christ ascended into heaven for this end, that He might there appear as the Head of His Church,[1] by whom the Father governs all things.[2]
[1] Eph 1:20-23; Col 1:18; [2] Ps 110:1; Mt 28:18; Jn 5:22-23; 1 Pt 3:22
51. What does this glory of Christ, our Head, profit us?
First, that by His Holy Spirit He pours out heavenly gifts upon us, His members;[1] then, that by His power He defends and preserves us against all enemies.[2]
[1] Acts 2:33; Eph 4:7-12; [2] Ps 2:9, 110:1-2; Jn 10:27-30; Acts 2:33; 1 Cor 15:25-26; Rev 19:11-16
52. What comfort is it to you that Christ “shall come to judge the living and the dead?”
That in all my sorrows and persecutions, I, with uplifted head, look for the very One, who offered Himself for me to the judgment of God, and removed all curse from me,[1] to come as Judge from heaven,[2] who shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation,[3] but shall take me with all His chosen ones to Himself into heavenly joy and glory.[4]
[1] Lk 21:28; Rom 8:22-25; Php 3:20-21; Tit 2:13-14; [2] Lk 21:28; Rom 8:23-24; Php 3:20-21; Tit 2:13; [3] Mt 25:41; 1 Thes 4:16-18; 2 Thes 1:6, 10; [4] Mt 25:31-46; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 2 Thes 1:6-10; Heb 9:28

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