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Subject:      Catechism, 21
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  Q.  What  believe  you when you say: "I believe  in  God  the  Father,
Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth"?

  A.  That  the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who of  nothing
made  heaven and earth, and still upholds them by his providence, is  my
God and Father, for Christ his Son's sake.

When  you  say: "I believe in God the Father", then in the first  place,
you  believe  that  He  is  God, that is, He is  eternal.  He  was  from
eternity, He is always, and He will be until all eternity. When Moses is
praying unto God in Psalm 90, he says unto God in verse two: "Before the
mountains  were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the  earth  and
the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." When we,
people  who  are but for a short while on this earth, think about  God's
eternity,  we  surely  will  tremble. Such  a  high  God,  Who  is  from
everlasting to everlasting. Sure, this is incomprehensible for us,  yet,
we believe it.
     Secondly,  we believe that God is the eternal Father  of  our  Lord
Jesus  Christ. The Lord Jesus is the Son of God; so, God is His  Father.
He  was from everlasting His Father, and will be so for always. This  is
another  incomprehensible thing for us. But, because  God  is  almighty,
infinite, these things are well possible by Him.
     Thirdly, we believe that God created heaven and earth. To create is
something  else  than to make. We, people, can make  something,  but  we
always  need some material to make it from. God, however, created.  That
is, He made heaven and earth out of nothing. In the Bible, it is but one
sentence:  "In  the  beginning God created the heaven  and  the  earth."
(Genesis 1:1) Indeed, for God, to create heaven and earth, He only needs
to  say  a  word.  When He says "Be", than all will be. The  angel  also
"sware  by him that liveth for ever and ever (that is God), who  created
heaven  (that  is our Lord), and the things that therein  are,  and  the
earth,  and  the  things that therein are, and the sea, and  the  things
which are therein. (Revelation 10:6)
     God,  having  once created heaven and earth, will  not  forget  His
handiwork.  After He created heaven and earth, He also upholds  them  by
His providence. He daily cares for the whole creation. When He but takes
back  His hands for a short moment, the people die, and the beasts,  and
all  the  rest  will perish. God continually upholds the earth  and  the
heaven.  He makes the sun shine. He makes the earth turn. He  keeps  the
stars in their proper place. He gives the raven food, when it cries unto
its  Maker.  He makes the grass come forth out the ground. He  gives  us
bread, clothing, and a place to dwell in.
     Further, when you believe in God the Father, you also believe  that
He  is your Father. Through His Son Christ, the believers are adopted as
God's  children.  Jesus Christ is God's natural Son, but  the  righteous
believers are His adopted sons and daughters.

  Q.  What  believe  you  when you say: "And in Jesus  Christ  his  only
begotten Son, our Lord"?

  A.  That  Jesus  Christ is the eternal and only  son  of  the  Father,
co-essential with God the Father, and the Holy Ghost.

When I say: "I believe also in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son,  our
Lord",  I believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and only Son  of  the
Father. That is it, what Christ is saying. Listen to God's Son, when  He
is  speaking about His birth: "When there were no depths, I was  brought
forth;  when  there were no fountains abounding with water.  Before  the
mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth." (Proverbs
8:24,25) Here, the eternal Son of God is speaking. He is born, says  He,
before the creation of the earth. Before the mountains were settled,  He
says,  I  was  born.  I was brought forth before the hills,  says  Jesus
     Because Christ is God's Son, He is also God. There is, however  but
one God, no more. Yet, God has a Son, Who also is God. Because there  is
one  God,  and  because there is some plurality in the one  Godhead,  we
believe  that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, are one  God.
They  are,  however,  distinguished by their Names.  There  is  but  one
Father. There is but one Son. There is but one Holy Ghost There  are  no
three  Gods, but one. Who believes this, can also understand many  other
parts  of  the  Scripture. Who, however, denies this, must  distort  the
Scriptures  to  maintain his error. Maybe the heretics believe  in  more
Gods,  but  we don't. Maybe the heretics and the ungodly deny Christ  as
God's Son, but we don't.
     I  believe, therefore, that Jesus Christ is co-essential  with  God
the  Father. That is, He is in essence the same with God. There  is  one
God, consisting in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
     God's  Son  must  be  God, because He says of Himself  in  Proverbs
8:24,25, that He was there before the creation. We know, that before the
creation,  there  was  nothing  but God. All  what  existed  before  the
creation, was God. So, Christ, existing before the creation, was God.
     Listen  to  what is said of Jesus: "These things saith the  Son  of
God,  who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like
fine  brass." (Revelation 2:18) The Son of God has His eyes like unto  a
flame  of  fire.  Everybody will once see Him. Who  loves  Him  will  be
extremely  happy  with His coming, but the ungodly, and the  unbelievers
will be extremely afraid.
     Reader,  I  assure you: Once you will see the Son of God  with  His
eyes like unto a flame of fire. He is at the moment looking at you, from
heaven.  Once  He  will come, and summon you before the  judgement-seat.
With  His eyes, which are like unto a flame of fire, He will pierce you.
Nothing  will be hid from Him. I give you the following advice for  your
benefit: "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the  way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little." (Psalms 2:12)

    Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him. (Psalms 2:12)

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