Sunday, September 19, 2010

For the Lord's Day

“True faith – created in me by the Holy Spirit through the gospel – is not only a knowledge and conviction that everything that God reveals in his word is true, but also a deep-rooted assurance that not only others, but I too, have had my sins forgiven, have been made forever right with God, and have been granted salvation. These are gifts of sheer grace earned for us by Christ.” Zacharius Ursinus, 1534 – 1583 Ursinus is the author of the Heidelberg Catechism and a part of the German Reformation. The Catechism along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt are known as the Three Forms of Unity – the confessional statements of many of the continental Reformed Churches, and some churches in our own country as well.