Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 48

(Author’s note: This will be a staple every Lord’s Day post.)

Q 123. What does the second request mean?

A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you (Ps. 119:5, 105; 143:10; Matt. 6:33); keep your church strong, and add to it (Ps. 122:6-9; Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:42-47); destroy the devil’s work–destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your Word (Rom. 16:20; 1 John 3:8); do this until your kingdom is so complete and perfect that in it you are all in all (Rom. 8:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:28; Rev. 22:17, 20).

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I will be preaching on 2 Timothy 1:6-12 today. Here’s the full text of the passage:

Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago, and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

May God be glorified.

Blessings!

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