Heidelberg Catechisms 59 – 61


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Romans 3

Text: Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (ESV)

Question 59. But what doth it profit thee now that thou believest all this?
Answer. That I am righteous in Christ, before God, and an heir of eternal life.

Question 60. How art thou righteous before God?
Answer. 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.

Question 61. Why sayest thou, that thou art righteous by faith only?
Answer. 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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  1. The need for Justification
  2. The nature of Justification
  3. The ?? Justification
  4. The elements of Justification
  5. The receiving of Justification