Heidelberg Catechism 31 and 32 (part 3)


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 28

(verses 18 – 20) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Question 31. Why is he called Christ, that is, anointed?
Answer. Because he is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be
our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body, has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation, he has purchased for us.


Question 32. But why art thou called a christian?
Answer. Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of his anointing; that so I may confess his name, and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to him: and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with him eternally, over all creatures.

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Jesus Christ the King

  1. Jesus is King of our redemption – He is author, it is His work, He protects
  2. Jesus is King in our restoration – restores God’s image in us, restores in the fight against sin, restores to be presentable to God
  3. Jesus is King as He is our ruler – through the Spirit, through the Word
  4. Jesus is King as we rule with Him – He shares His righteosness, His holiness, His kingdom, His glory