2017-02-22 TLS Catechism Quiz #251-264
1. Write the Third Article from “In this Christian Church” to the end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this mean?
I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him.
But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
In this Christian church He daily and fully forgives sins to me and all believers.
On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true.
2. How does God forgive sins?
Romans 8:33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
God forgives like a judge in a courtroom who tells a criminal that there is no longer any charge against him and so declares him innocent or not guilty. (Declare righteous, justify, forensic justification)
3. On what basis did God declare guilty sinners to be righteous?
Isaiah 53:5–6 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
God declared guilty sinners to be righteous because Jesus served as their substitute and paid for their sins in full.
4. How many people did God declare righteous?
1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
God declared all people righteous. (Objective justification)
5. Why is it important, then, that the Holy Spirit work faith in me?
Ephesians 2:8–9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
So that I don’t trust in my own works but only in the righteousness God gives me by grace in Christ (Subjective justification)
6. What happens when a person dies?
Ecclesiastes 12:7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
When a person dies, their body decays, but their soul is either in hell or with God in heaven.
7. What was chapel about this morning?
8. Were you in church this last Sunday? If so, where? If not, why not? Were you in Footsteps or Bible class?