Thursday, December 09, 2010

Catechism #53 & 54

Question #53: What do you believe concerning "the Holy Spirit"?

Answer: First, he, as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God. Second, he has been given to me personally, so that, by true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, comforts me, and remains with me forever (1 Gen. 1:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 4:6; Gal. 3:14; John 15:26; Acts 9:31; John 14:16-17; 1 Pet. 4:14)

Question 54: What do you believe concerning "the holy catholic church"?

Answer: I believe that the Son of God through his Spirit and Word, out of the entire human race, from the beginning of the world to its end, gathers, protects, and preserves for himself a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith. And of this community I am and always will be a living member (John 10:14-16; Acts 20:28; Rom. 10:14-17; Col. 1:18; Gen. 26:3b-4; Rev. 5:9; Isa. 59:21; 1 Cor. 11:26; Matt. 16:18; John 10:28-30; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:3-14; Acts 2:42-47; Eph. 4:1-6; 1 John 3:14, 19-21; John 10:27-28; 1 Cor. 1:4-9; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)

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