Heidelberg Catechisms 86, 87

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Ephesians 5

Text: Ephesians 5: 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV)

86. Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit of our own, why then should we do good works?
Because Christ, having redeemed us by His blood, is also renewing us by His Holy Spirit after His own image, that with our whole life we may show ourselves thankful to God for His blessing, and that He may be glorified through us; then also, that we ourselves may be assured of our faith by the fruits thereof, and by our godly walk may win others also to Christ.

87. Can they then be saved who do not turn to God from their unthankful, impenitent life? 
By no means: for, as the Scripture says, no unchaste person, idolater, adulterer, thief, covetous man, drunkard, slanderer, robber, or any such like, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

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A contested issue:

A difficult balance:

A most important order:

  1. The necessity of good works:

The word of God:

The kingdom of God:

  1. The foundation of good works:

Christ’s redemption:

Christ’s renewing:

Christ’s image:

  1. The purpose of good works:

Thankful to God:

Glory to God:

Assurance from God:

Lead to God: