Thursday, October 25, 2007

Heidelberg Catechism 04

Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 4:

Q9: Does not God, then, do injustice to man by requiring of him in His law that which he cannot perform?

A9: No, for God so made man that he could perform it; but man, through the instigation of the devil, by wilful disobedience deprived himself and all his descendants of this power.

DF question a) What do the following verses tell us about why we were originally created?

Colossians 3:10

Eph 4:24

2 Cor 3:18

DF question b) Use the following verses to write out a chronology of Man's creation, fall and subsequent life. How does this explain HC answer 9?

Genesis 1:27

Genesis 1:31,

Romans 5:12,

Eph 2:1-3

Q10: Will God allow such disobedience and apostasy to go unpunished?

A10: Certainly not, but He is terribly displeased with our inborn as well as our actual sins, and will punish them in just judgment in time and eternity, as he has declared: Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.

DF question c) Read Gal 3:10,

Based on this verse, how many people in history of the world should God punish?

Q11: But is not God also merciful?

A11: God is indeed merciful, but He is likewise just; His justice therefore requires that sin, which is committed against the most high majesty of God, be punished with extreme, that is, with everlasting punishment both of body and soul.

DF question d) Read Psalm 5:5-6, Leviticus 20:7, 2 Tim 2:13,

Imagine if you were God, would you let some of your friends into heaven, even thought they had done bad things? Explain why this would be impossible for God to do (without Jesus’ sacrifice).