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Heidelberg Catechism

Question 61. Why do you say that you are righteous by faith alone?

Answer: It is not that I am acceptable to God because of the worthiness of my faith, for only the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ is my righteousness before God. (a) I can receive this righteousness and make it my own in no other way than by faith alone. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday's Hymn: When Morning Gilds the Skies

When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Alike at work and prayer
To Jesus I repair;
May Jesus Christ be praised.

When sleep her balm denies,
My silent spirit sighs,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
When evil thoughts molest,
With this I shield my breast,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

In heav’n’s eternal bliss
The loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
The powers of darkness fear,
When this sweet chant they hear,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Let earth’s wide circle round
In joyful notes resound,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Let air and sea and sky,
From depth to height, reply,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Be this, while life is mine,
My canticle divine,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Be this th’eternal song,
Through all the ages on,
May Jesus Christ be praised.


Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.


Linked Together: Knowing God

Three suggestions for weekend reading on the character of God.

As He Is
“Let’s be sure to delight in the character of God and not in a caricature of God.”—Erik Raymond

What He Knows
God knows everything:

Divine omniscience includes the following: First, God fully knows himself, his infinite knowledge encompassing his infinite being. As Scripture notes, the Father knows the Son, and the Son knows the Father (Matt. 11:27), and the Holy Spirit knows all the mysteries of the Godhead (1 Cor. 2:10). Second, God fully knows his own decree or eternal purpose, and all the events that transpire as the outworking of this sovereign will (Acts 15:18).

From a human, timed perspective, God fully knows the past, present, and future. Thus, third, he fully knows the past, which is as vivid to him as the present. Accordingly, God’s “forgetfulness” of our past sins refers to his commitment not to count them against us (Heb. 10:17). Fourth, he fully knows the present, from its loftiest realities (the number of the stars in the universe; Psa. 147:4) to its smallest details (the number of the hairs on one’s head and the death of a sparrow; Matt. 10:29-30). Fifth, God fully knows the future, even the free will decisions and actions of his creatures (for example, the future home of Israel in the promised land, the birth of Isaac to old Abram and barren Sarah; Gen. 15:1618:10).

Moreover, sixth, he fully knows all actual things, that is, people and events that actually exist and happen; and seventh, all possible things, that is, all people and events that could possibly exist and happen but never do (for example, the would-be response of people long gone if they had witnessed Jesus’s miracles centuries later; Matt. 11:20-22).  

Read Dane Ortlund’s whole interview with Gregg Allison.

About His Wrath
Five biblical truths about the wrath of God: 

  1. God’s wrath is just.
  2. God’s wrath is to be feared.
  3. God’s wrath is consistent in the Old and New Testament.
  4. God’s wrath is his love in action against sin.
  5. God’s wrath is satisfied in Christ.

Read Joseph Scheumann’s explanation of each of these truths.  


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful 

  • for a perfect sledding hill for my preschool grandchildren.

  • for ice cream. I’m stuck eating only soft foods for a week or so—no meat, crunchy cereals, or crisp fruits and vegies—so my food choices are boring, boring, boring. Except for the ice cream, which is allowed and encouraged.

  • for more work for my youngest son. He’s employed project to project, so when one project stalls or ends, he needs new projects to take on. Work for him is a constant petition when I pray, and so far, the “yes” answers keep coming.

  • for this Bible study and time to listen while I work. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.