"May your unfailing love be my comfort, according
to your promise to your servant."
Heidelberg Catechism Question 1: “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” Answer: “That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.”
These words are rich in meaning, written in the first person singular – “I belong…” We are reminded that Christ came to live and die for each one of us personally. These words speak of God’s chesed, meaning “unfailing love.” I hope you will find great comfort this month as we look closely at these words written some 300 years ago. Refer back to them here as you read each day.
About the Author
Bob Beasley is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in California. He is the author of two previous Anchors and eight Christian books, including the upcoming co-written Theological Wheaties: A Concise Commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Bob teaches seminary classes in Ukraine twice a year and is an elder in his church home. Bob and his wife Amy enjoy living in lovely Asheville, North Carolina.
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AS YOU SPEND THIS MONTH CONTEMPLATING Q&A 1, LOOK BACK ON THIS PAGE EACH DAY, READ IT AGAIN, AND BE REMINDED OF GOD'S COMFORTING CHESED.
Bible In A Year
- Jeremiah 39-40
- Psalm 121
- 1 Corinthians 15