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God the Father: the Almighty Creator

LD 9: God the Father: the Almighty Creator by Rev. G. Van Baren Read: Genesis 1; John 1; Hebrews 11:3 The Heidelberg Catechism begins in this Lord’s Day a treatment of the first of the twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed.  These articles represent the necessary truths which a Christian must believe.  True faith holds to these without exception. …

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Lord’s Day 9 – I believe in God the Father

Question 26 What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”? Answer That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them; who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence)…

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Faith in God the Holy Spirit

LD 8: Faith in God the Holy Spirit by Rev J. Kortering John 14:16,17, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know…

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Faith in God the Son

LD 8: Faith in God the Son by Rev J. Kortering John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In connection with the Person of the Son, it is easiest to demonstrate that He is a Person within the Godhead (a term we use…

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Faith in God the Father

LD 8: Faith in God the Father by Rev J. Kortering Luke 3:22, “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” It is not so easy to quote texts from the Bible that specifically demonstrate the First Person of the Trinity. The above quote is an example. God could not say the…

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All that We Believe Involves the Trinity

LD 8: All that We Believe Involves the Trinity by Rev J. Kortering Matt. 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The catechism expressed that it is necessary for us to believe everything that is included in…

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God is Three Persons

LD 8: God is Three Persons by Rev J. Kortering I John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.”  One of the great mysteries concerning our God is that He is triune. This word is made up of two…

Writing Contest!

  Attention writers who love the Heidelberg Catechism: A writing contest sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Seminary will be part of the celebration of the 450th anniversary of this beautiful confession this coming fall. Generous prizes will be awarded to excellent papers on assigned topics submitted by writers in five different age categories. For more…

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God is One Divine Essence

LD 8: God is One Divine Essence by Rev J. Kortering Deut. 6:4, “Hear O Israel:  The LORD our God is one LORD.  The first article of the Apostle’s Creed is “I believe in God”. We noticed already that this God is the object of our faith. We make confession to Him and about Him…

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God is the Object of Our Faith

LD 8: God is the Object of Our Faith by Rev J. Kortering I Peter 1:21, “Who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.” You notice that this quotation makes it plain that our faith is…