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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 52

[If you've followed the Heidelberg Catechism this far, and you're actually reading this on Christmas Day, then I will just say three things. First: well done! Second: they saved the best for last (with the possible exception of the first), with their beautiful answer to the very last question. And third: Happy Christmas!]

Q127. What does the sixth petition mean?

A127. “And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one” means:
By ourselves we are too weak
to hold our own even for a moment.
And our sworn enemies—
the devil, the world, and our own flesh—
never stop attacking us.
And so, Lord,
uphold us and make us strong
with the strength of your Holy Spirit,
so that we may not go down to defeat
in this spiritual struggle,
but may firmly resist our enemies
until we finally win the complete victory.

Q128. What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?

A128. For the kingdom
and the power
and the glory are yours forever” means:
We have made all these petitions of you
because, as our all-powerful king,
you are both willing and able
to give us all that is good;
and because your holy name,
and not we ourselves,
should receive all the praise, forever.

Q129. What does that little word “Amen” express?

A129. “Amen” means:
This shall truly and surely be!
It is even more sure
that God listens to my prayer
than that I really desire
what I pray for.

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