Saturday, February 09, 2019

I Believe in Jesus Christ

This hymn is part of the continuing effort to put to song the questions and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism that address the 12 articles of the Apostles Creed.

"I Believe in Jesus Christ" by George vP

The pertinent questions and answers are:

29.   Q. Why is the Son of God called Jesus,
            that is, Saviour?
        A. Because he saves us from all our sins,1
            and because salvation is not to be sought or found
            in anyone else.2
                    1 Mt 1:21; Heb 7:25.
                        2 Is 43:11; Jn 15:4, 5; Acts 4:11, 12; 1 Tim 2:5.

30.   Q. Do those who seek
            their salvation or well-being
            in saints, in themselves, or anywhere else,
            also believe in the only Saviour Jesus?
        A. No.
            Though they boast of him in words,
                 they in fact deny the only Saviour Jesus.1
            For one of two things must be true:
                 either Jesus is not a complete Saviour,
                 or those who by true faith accept this Saviour
                 must find in him all that is necessary
                 for their salvation.2
                  1 1 Cor 1:12, 13; Gal 5:4.
                        2 Col 1:19, 20; 2:10; 1 Jn 1:7.

31.   Q. Why is he called Christ,
            that is, Anointed?
        A. Because he has been ordained by God the Father,
            and anointed with the Holy Spirit,1 to be
            our chief Prophet and Teacher,2
                 who has fully revealed to us
                 the secret counsel and will of God
                 concerning our redemption;3
            our only High Priest,4
                 who by the one sacrifice of his body
                 has redeemed us,5
                 and who continually intercedes for us
                 before the Father;6
            and our eternal King,7
                 who governs us by his Word and Spirit,
                 and who defends and preserves us
                 in the redemption obtained for us.8
                        1 Ps 45:7 (Heb 1:9); Is 61:1 (Lk 4:18); Lk 3:21, 22.
                        2 Deut 18:15 (Acts 3:22).
                        3 Jn 1:18; 15:15.
                        4 Ps 110:4 (Heb 7:17).
                        5 Heb 9:12; 10:11-14.
                        6 Rom 8:34; Heb 9:24; 1 Jn 2:1.
                        7 Zech 9:9 (Mt 21:5); Lk 1:33.
                        8 Mt 28:18-20; Jn 10:28; Rev 12:10, 11.