Q. 60 How are you righteous before God?
A. Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that – though my conscience daily accuses me, that I have greatly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil – nevertheless, God, without any merit of mine, but only by His 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 benefits with a believing heart.
What’s so great about the Heidelberg Catechism? Here are ten characteristics for you:
See Fred Sanders explain each of these.
And of course, best of all it is free: see the Catechism at CCEL.
God will judge – may we be sober in our lives here &, with His mercy, be found worthy when we stand before Him. Because he loves mankind, He has given us free will – to choose life or choose death. He has given us Jesus, His own son – the Messiah – the icon of God – the true Adam. All of history foreshadows & culminates in the revealing of the God-man Jesus & His healing of the condition of mankind. All of scripture & creation itself points toward & encourages men to choose Life… Christ died for the sins of the world – His work has been completed; however, we must appropriate it individually. “Each of us who sins with his own free will chooses punishment. The blame lies with him who chooses. God is without blame.” – Clement of Alexandria Only in the Last Judgment will the righteous be revealed, so we are to be vigilant (as in the parables i.e. the ten virgins, etc.) & fight the good-fight, run the race so as to win…