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Catechism Class. LD19D, Q52 - From Whence He Shall Come!

Season 2

Catechism Class. Lord’s Day 19D, Q52 - From Whence He Shall Come!

One of the remarkable characteristics of the Heidelberg Catechism, a feature that marks it out from other doctrinal statements, is its emphasis on personal application. The doctrines of the faith are not some form of abstract construction, - not just a formal study of philosophical ideas… Christianity is, of course a religion of the head - our minds are renewed in Christ, but it is also, very much a religion of the heart. We are new creations in Christ - our old stoney hearts have been replaced with a new heart, a heart that longs for more fellowship with God, that cries out for that ultimate face to face encounter with the sinless One who brought us into God’s kingdom through his own personal sacrifice, his shed blood on Calvary’s cross. The Apostle’s Creed recognises this, when it adds, ‘…from whence He shall come, to judge the living and the dead.’ Our instructor seeks to understand this phrase, not in a cold objective way, but to apply it us, as Christian believers. He assumes that Christ’s coming will be a COMFORT to we who long to see Him. 

Paul wrote in Titus 2:13-14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


Psalm 121:1-8, Tune: ‘French.’

1 I to the hills will lift mine eyes,

from whence doth come mine aid.

2 My safety cometh from the Lord,

who heav'n and earth hath made.

3 Thy foot he'll not let slide, nor will

he slumber that thee keeps.

4 Behold, he that keeps Israel,

he slumbers not, nor sleeps.

5 The Lord thee keeps, the Lord thy shade

on thy right hand doth stay:

6 The moon by night thee shall not smite,

nor yet the sun by day.

7 The Lord shall keep thy soul; he shall

preserve thee from all ill.

8 Henceforth thy going out and in

God keep for ever will.

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