Question 1

October 22, 2012 · 6 comments

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Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

- from the Heidelberg Catechism



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1 Tim October 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Those old confessions are awesome!



2 Christina October 23, 2012 at 5:06 am

I remember saying this question in church as a child. One of my favorites. A comfort indeed!


3 Sarah October 23, 2012 at 6:52 am

Hands-down my favourite Q&A! I come back to this one often. I’m thankful that I learned it early on–this little post ties in well with Kathy Keller’s article at TGC on teaching kids the catechism (


4 Lacey Wilcox October 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I feel really silly asking this, but could you explain the different types of catechisms? I feel like I’ve seen at least two or three names of different ones, and I’m not sure what separates them all.


5 Tim October 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

Here’s an article that compares some of the major Reformed confessions/catechisms ( The opening paragraphs give a short (two sentences or so) history of each. Hope that helps.



6 Gloria October 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Tim!


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