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Heidelberg Catechism

Questions and Answers 20-23; 60-61

Q. 20. Are all men then, as they perished in Adam, saved by Christ?
A. No; only those who are ingrafted into Him, and receive all His benefits, by a true faith.

Q.21. What is true faith?
A. True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth all that God has revealed to us in His Word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel, in my heart; that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sin, everlasting righteousness and salvation, are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ's merits.

Q. 22. What is then necessary for a Christian to believe?
A. All things promised us in the gospel, which the articles of our catholic undoubted Christian faith briefly teach us.

Q. 23. What are these articles?



I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:


And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord:


Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:


Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell:


The third day He rose again from the dead:


He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:


From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead:


I believe in the Holy Ghost:


I believe an holy catholic church; the communion of saints:


The forgiveness of sins:


The resurrection of the body:


And the life everlasting. AMEN.

Q. 60. How art thou righteous before God?
A. Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me, that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil; notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, grants and imputes to me, the perfect satisfaction, righteousness and holiness of Christ; even so, as if I never had had, nor committed any sin: yea, as if I had fully accomplished all that obedience which Christ has accomplished for me; inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a believing heart.

Q. 61. Why sayest thou, that thou art righteous by faith only?
A. Not that I am acceptable to God, on account of the worthiness of my faith; but because only the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, is my righteousness before God; and that I cannot receive and apply the same to myself any other way than by faith only.

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