Doctrine > Confessions > Heidelberg Catechism > The Second Part - Our Deliverance > Lord's Day 5


Q.Since, according to God’s righteous judgment we deserve temporal and eternal punishment, how can we escape this punishment and be again received into favour?

A. God demands that His justice be satisfied.1 Therefore we must make full payment, either by ourselves or through another.2


Q.Can we by ourselves make this payment?

A. Certainly not. On the contrary, we daily increase our debt.1


Q.Can any mere creature pay for us?

A. No. In the first place, God will not punish another creature for the sin which man has committed.1 Furthermore, no mere creature can sustain the burden of God’s eternal wrath against sin and deliver others from it.2

Heidelberg Catechism

The Second Part - Our Deliverance

God the Father and Our Creation

God the Son and Our Redemption

God the Holy Spirit and Our Sanctification

Our Justification

Word and Sacraments

Holy Baptism

The Lord's Supper