Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 44

Question 113: What is the aim of the tenth commandment?

That not even the slightest desire or thought contrary to any one of God’s commandments should ever arise in our hearts.

Rather, with all our hearts we should always hate sin and take pleasure in whatever is right (1).

1 – Ps. 19:7-14; 139:23-24; Rom. 7:7-8

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Question 114: But can those converted to God obey these commandments perfectly?

No. In this life even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience (1).

Nevertheless, with all seriousness of purpose, they do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments (2).

1 – Eccles. 7:20; Rom. 7:14-15; 1 Cor. 13:9; 1 John 1:8-10
2 – Ps. 1:1-2; Rom. 7:22-25; Phil. 3:12-16

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Question 115: Since no one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly, why does God want them preached so pointedly?

First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness (1).

Second, so that we may never stop striving, and never stop praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to be renewed more and more after God’s image, until after this life we reach our goal: perfection (2).

1 – Ps. 32:5; Rom. 3:19-26; 7:7, 24-25; 1 John 1:9
2 – 1 Cor. 9:24; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 John 3:1-3

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