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Objections Made and Answered

LD 24: Objections Made and Answered by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 3:1-18 The Biblical and confessional doctrine of justification by faith alone has been the object of constant attacks. These attacks were already launched against Luther. They were launched especially by the Roman Catholic Church, which hated Luther’s doctrine and did all in its power,…

Lord’s Day 24

Lord’s Day 24 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance Question 62 But why cannot our good works be the whole or part of our righteousness before God? Answer Because that the righteousness which can be approved of before the tribunal of God must be absolutely perfect, and in all respects conformable to the divine…

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Justification by Faith Alone

LD 23: Justification by Faith Alone by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 3:19-31 The teacher who has assumed responsibility to instruct us in the absolute sovereignty of God in the work of salvation is intent on getting this point, that we are justified by faith alone, across to us. This teacher of ours recognizes that there are also…

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By Faith Alone

LD 23: By Faith Alone by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Galatians 2:16-21 The great truth of the Reformation was “Justification by faith alone.” Luther opened the door to reformation in the church with that simple, four-word statement. The Roman Catholic Church taught differently. This apostate church that held sway over the whole of Europe taught justification…

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The Blessings of Justification

LD 23: The Blessings of Justification by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 5 All the blessings of salvation follow our justification. Our teacher emphasizes in our lesson the greatest of all such blessings: the forgiveness of sins. Here it is: “I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am…

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The Blessedness of Justification

LD 23: The Blessedness of Justification by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 8:31-39 Justification is a great work of God in Jesus Christ, and is a blessing that forms the basis for all the other blessings of salvation. If we are not justified before God, we do not have a right or claim to any of…

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Righteous in Christ

LD 23: Righteous in Christ by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 4:13-25 Yesterday we left Balaam on the heights of Moab blessing Israel when Balak had hired him to curse God’s people. Balaam spoke in the same way the donkey spoke, when the donkey attempted to prevent him from going to Moab to curse Israel. God…

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What is the Righteousness we have by Faith?

LD 23: What is the Righteousness we have by Faith? by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Numbers 23 We really have to understand what righteousness is, if we are to appreciate this profit of faith. Righteousness is different from holiness. When God created Adam in His own image, He created him in the true knowledge of God,…

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The Profit of Faith

LD 23: The Profit of Faith by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 4:1-12 It is quite clear why our teacher who instructs us in the truth of Scripture, should now ask this important question: What is the profit of your faith? We have been instructed in all the truths that God has revealed in His word….

Lord’s Day 23

Lord’s Day 23 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance Question 59 But what doth it profit thee now that thou believest all this? Answer That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life.   Question 60 How art thou righteous before God? Answer Only by a true faith…