Thy Only Comfort
1 Lord's Day
What is thy only
comfort in life and death?
A. That I with body and soul, both in
life and death,(1) am not my own,(2) but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus
Christ;(3) who, with His precious blood,(4) has fully satisfied for all my sins,(5) and delivered me from all the power of the
devil;(6) and so preserves me (7) that without the will of my heavenly Father,
not a hair can fall from my head;(8) yea,
that all things must be subservient to my salvation,(9)
and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,(10) and makes me sincerely willing and ready,
henceforth, to live unto Him.(11)
(1) 1 Cor
6:19 What? know
ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a
price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are
(2) Rom 14:7
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live
unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live
therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Rom 14:9 For
to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord
both of the dead and living.
(3) 1 Cor
3:23 And ye are
Christ's; and Christ is God's.
(4) 1 Pet
as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and
gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1 Pet 1:19 But with the precious blood
of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
1:7 The same
came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him
(6) 1 John
3:8 He that
committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works
of the devil.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the
children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part
of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of
death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
this is the Father's will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given
Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
John 10:28 And
I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any
man pluck them out of My hand.
John 10:29 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no
man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
8:28 And we know
that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are
the called according to His purpose.
(10) 2 Cor
1:22 Who hath
also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
2 Cor 5:5 Now He that hath wrought us
for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the
8:14 For as
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of
God after the inward man:
1. What is the
content of the first Lord's Day?
It is a brief summary of the content of the entire catechism.
2. Why is the
question asked regarding thy comfort?
Because it is necessary to personally learn to know this only comfort.
3. Why is it an
Because there is under heaven no
other name given whereby we must be saved.
4. What does this
It is that with body and soul, both in life and in death, I am not my
own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
5. How has Christ
obtained this possession?
He has paid for the sins of His church with His precious blood and delivered
them from all the dominion of the devil.
6. Can this
comfort be lost?
No, the Lord Himself preserves His own and assures them of this by His Holy
7. What is the
fruit of this in their life?
They are made sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.
How many things
are necessary for thee to know, that thou, enjoying this comfort, mayest live
and die happily?
the first, how great my sins and miseries are;(2)
the second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries;(3) the third, how I shall express my gratitude to
God for such deliverance.(4)
24:47 And that
repentance and remission of sins should
be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
(2) 1 Cor
Nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God.
1 Cor 6:11 And such were some of
you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were
blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is
none righteous, no, not one.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things
soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every
mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom thou hast sent.
5:8 For ye were
sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord.
1. Of what does this question speak?
It is what the sinner must savingly learn in order to receive this only
2. What must then
personally be known?
First, how great my sins and miseries are; Secondly, how I may be delivered
from all my sins and miseries; Thirdly, how I shall express my gratitude for such
3. Are these
three matters based upon God's Word?
Yes, see for example Psalm 130:3 and 4, Hosea 14:3, and Paul's epistle to the
4. Must these
three matters be known consecutively?
The knowledge of misery always precedes, but in the entire life of God's
people all three matters remain of substantial significance.
5. How is the
Heidelberg Catechism further divided?
a. In the doctrine of
misery: Lord's Days 2 through 4
b. In the doctrine of deliverance: Lord's Day 5 through 31
c. In the doctrine of gratitude: Lord's Day 32 through 52.