Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mount Hermon Catechism: Lord's Day 52 - Life and Death

Q358:  What is your supreme and only abiding comfort in life and death?
A358: My supreme and only abiding comfort in life and death is that I with my body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who has atoned for my sins, delivered me from the power of the devil, and so preserves me that without the will of my Heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, Christ assures me of eternal life and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.
           Romans 8:14, 28; 14:7-8; 1 Corinthians 3:23; 6:19; 1 Peter 1:18; Hebrews 2:14; John 6:39; Matthew 10:29; 2 Corinthians 1:21

Q359:  What should be the chief aim of the rest of your life?
A359: My chief aim for the rest of my life should be to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
           1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 32:11; 37:4

Q360: How are glorifying God and enjoying God related?
A360:  God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him.
           Jeremiah 2:13; Matthew 6:21; Philippians 3:8; Hebrews 12:1-2

Q361: Should you think much about your approaching death?
A361:  Yes; my death is certain, unless the Lord returns first, and it is therefore wise for me to make all due preparations today, knowing that dying often brings many dangers to the soul, that dying well is one of the good works to which all Christians have been called, and that how I face death will speak volumes about my Lord and His gospel.
            Hebrews 9:27; Ephesians 2:10; Joshua 23:14

Q362: How should you prepare so that you may approach your death with joy and peace?
A362: I should prepare by striving each day to grow in my walk with God, keeping the faith, fulfilling my obligations to God and others, allowing present sufferings to hurry my heart homeward, trusting Christ’s promise that I will not face death alone, and believing that my death day will be better than my birth day.
           Revelation 14:12; Romans 8:37-39; Ecclesiastes 7:1

Q363: Why is a Christian’s death day better than his birth day?
A363: A Christian’s death day is better than his birth day because on that day he enters a more blessed life, a more blessed world, and a more glorious light than on his birth day, and is received by a better Father into a more glorious inheritance.
           Acts 7:60; John 6:58; Ecclesiastes 11:7; Psalm 17:15; 1 Peter 1:4-5

Q364: What legacy should you seek to leave behind when you die?
A364: I should not seek that my own name be remembered or honored, after I die, but that the name of my God, and His Son Jesus Christ, be more greatly known and loved, in my generation, in those to come, and for all eternity.       

           Psalm 115:1; 1 Peter 4:11; Jude 25; Revelation 7:12

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