Every Sunday, we will be going through one of the fifty-two Lord’s Days of the Heidelberg Catechism. Written in the year 1563, the Heidelberg still remains a popular confession of faith in many churches to this day. You can find the full text here.
Lord’s Day 20
Question 53: What do you believe
concerning “the Holy Spirit”?
Answer: First, that the Spirit, with the Father and the Son,
is eternal God.1
Second, that the Spirit is given also to me,2
so that, through true faith,
he makes me share in Christ and all his benefits,3
and will remain with me forever.5
1. Gen. 1:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4
2. 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 4:6
3. Gal. 3:14
4. John 15:26; Acts 9:31
5. John 14:16-17; 1 Pet. 4:14
The next phrase in the Apostle’s Creed is “I believe in the Holy Spirit”. Seeking to dig a little deeper, the Heidelberg writers pose an obvious follow up question…
Well, OK, but what do you believe about the Holy Spirit?
We should all examine our statements of faith. Simply stating you believe in the God is nice, but as James 2:19 says “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that, and shudder.” What do you believe about God? Jesus? The Holy Spirit?
We believe the Holy Spirit is God, and, if I have faith in Christ, that He is with us always. Ephesians 1:13-14 says “When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.”
He comforts us, He makes us share in Christ and all His benefits…and He will be with us forever.
“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” Augustine