The questions and answers that follow were prepared by Howard D. Vander Well. For his ideas on how to use these Q & As in worship, see RW 58, pp. 36-37.
The Only God
What do you believe about God?
We all believe in our hearts
and confess with our mouths
that there is a single
and simple spiritual being,
whom we call God.
What do you believe about the nature of this God?
God is eternal,
and the overflowing source
of all good.
—Belgic Confession, article 1
The Means by Which We Know God
How do you come to know God?
First, by the creation, preservation, and government
of the universe,
since that universe is before our eyes
like a beautiful book
in which all creatures,
great and small,
are as letters
to make us ponder
the invisible things of God:
his eternal power
and his divinity,
as the apostle Paul says in Romans 1:20.
All these things are enough to convict men
and to leave them without excuse.
How else do you know God?
God also makes himself known to us more openly
by his holy and divine Word,
as much as we need in this life,
for his glory
and for the salvation of his own.
—Belgic Confession, article 2
The Written Word of God
What do you confess about the Word of God?
We confess that this Word of God
was not sent nor delivered by the will of men,
but that holy men of God spoke,
being moved by the Holy Spirit,
as Peter says.
And do you believe we have that Word of God in writing?
Yes, our God—
because of the special care he has
for us and our salvation—
commanded his servants,
the prophets and apostles,
to commit this revealed Word to writing.
He himself wrote
with his own finger
the two tables of the law.
Do you receive it as the Word of God?
Yes, we call such writings
holy and divine Scriptures.
—Belgic Confession, articles 2, 3
The Authority of Scripture
Do you receive all the books of the Bible?
We include in the Holy Scripture the two volumes
of the Old and New Testaments.
They are canonical books
with which there can be no quarrel at all.
We receive all these books
and these only
as holy and canonical,
for the regulating, founding, and establishing
of our faith.
Do you believe what is contained in them?
without a doubt
all things contained in them—
not so much because the church
receives and approves them as such
but above all because the Holy Spirit
testifies in our hearts
that they are from God,
and also because they
to be from God.
Do you believe this Word of God has power?
Yes, for even the blind themselves are able to see
that the things predicted in them
—Belgic Confession, articles 4, 5
The Sufficiency of Scripture (I)
Do you believe the Scriptures contain the will of God?
that this Holy Scripture contains
the will of God completely
and that everything one must believe
to be saved
is sufficiently taught in it.
Are we bound by its truth?
Since the entire manner of service
which God requires of us
is described in it at great length,
no one ought to teach other than
what the Holy Scriptures have
already taught us.
Is it sufficient for all we need to know?
Since it is forbidden
to add to or subtract from the Word of God,
this plainly demonstrates
that the teaching is perfect
and complete in all respects.
—Belgic Confession, article 7
The Sufficiency of Scripture (II)
How are the Holy Scriptures different from human writings?
We must not consider human writing—
no matter how holy their authors may have been—
equal to the divine writing;
nor may we put custom,
nor the majority,
nor the passage of time or persons,
nor councils, decrees or official decisions
above the truth of God,
for truth is above everything else.
How are we to evaluate other writings?
We reject with all our hearts
everything that does not agree
with this infallible rule,
as we are taught to do by the apostles
when they say,
"Test the spirits
to see if they are of God."
—Belgic Confession, article 7
The Trinity (I)
Do you believe in one God?
In keeping with this truth and Word of God
we believe in one God,
who is one single essence,
in whom there are three persons,
really, truly, and eternally distinct
according to their incommunicable properties—
and Holy Spirit.
Are these three still one God?
This distinction does not divide God into three,
since Scripture teaches us
that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
each has his own subsistence
distinguished by characteristics—
yet in such a way
that these three persons are
only one God.
Are all three equal, then?
There is neither a first nor a last,
for all three are one
in truth and power,
in goodness and mercy.
—Belgic Confession, article 8
The Trinity (II)
What is the work of the Father?
is the cause,
and source of all things,
visible as well as invisible.
What is the work of the Son?
is the Word,
and the image
of the Father.
What is the work of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit
is the eternal power
proceeding from the Father and the Son.
—Belgic Confession, article 8
The Trinity (III)
Why do you believe in the Trinity?
All these things we know
from the testimonies of the Holy Scripture
as well as from the effects of the persons,
especially from those we feel within ourselves.
Can we understand this doctrine?
This doctrine of the Holy Trinity
has always been maintained in the true church,
from the time of the apostles until the present.
And although this doctrine surpasses human understanding,
we nevertheless believe it now,
through the Word,
waiting to know and enjoy it fully
—Belgic Confession, article 9
The Creation of All Things
What do you believe about the creation of all things?
We believe that the Father
created heaven and earth and all other creatures
when it seemed good to him,
by his Word—
that is to say,
by his Son.
He has given all creatures
their being, form, and appearance,
and their various functions
for serving their Creator.
And what do you believe about the creation of angels?
He has also created the angels good,
that they might be his messengers
and serve his elect.
Some of them have fallen
from the excellence in which God created them
into eternal perdition;
and the others have persisted and remained
in their original state,
by the grace of God.
—Belgic Confession, article 12
The Doctrine of God's Providence (I)
What do you believe concerning the providence of God?
We believe that this good God,
after he created all things,
did not abandon them to chance or fortune
but leads and governs them
according to his holy will,
in such a way that nothing happens in this world
without his orderly arrangement.
But there is sin in our world!
Yet God is not the author of,
nor can he be charged with,
the sin that occurs.
For his power and goodness
are so great and incomprehensible
that he arranges and does his work very well and justly
even when the devils and wicked men act unjustly.
But doesn't it bother you that you do not understand it all?
We do not wish to inquire
with undue curiosity
into what he does that surpasses human understanding
and is beyond our ability to comprehend.
But in all humility and reverence
we adore the just judgments of God,
which are hidden from us,
being content to be Christ's disciples,
so as to learn only what he shows us in his Word,
without going beyond those limits.
—Belgic Confession, article 13
The Doctrine of God's Providence (II)
What benefits do you receive from the teaching of God's providence?
This doctrine gives us unspeakable comfort
since it teaches us
that nothing can happen to us by chance
but only by the arrangement of our gracious
He watches over us with fatherly care,
keeping all creatures under his control,
so that not one of the hairs on our heads
(for they are all numbered)
nor even a little bird
can fall to the ground
without the will of our Father.
In this thought we rest,
knowing that he holds in check
the devils and all our enemies,
who cannot hurt us
without his permission and will.
—Belgic Confession, article 13
The Creation and Fall of Mankind
What do you believe about the creation of human beings?
that God created man from the dust of the earth
and made and formed him in his image and likeness—
good, just, and holy;
able by our own will to conform
in all things
to the will of God.
Have human beings remained in that holy condition?
No, when he was in honor
he did not understand it
and did not recognize his excellence.
But he subjected himself willingly to sin
and consequently to death and the curse,
lending his ear to the word of the devil.
And what are the consequences of that fall?
He made himself guilty
and subject to physical and spiritual death,
having become wicked,
and corrupt in all his ways.
He lost all his excellent gifts
which he had received from God,
and he retained none of them
except for small traces
which are enough to make him
—Belgic Confession, article 14
The Doctrine of Original Sin
Where has the sinfulness of this world come from?
that by the disobedience of Adam
original sin has been spread
through the whole human race.
Are even our very heart and nature corrupted?
Original sin is a corruption of all nature—
an inherited depravity which even infects small infants
in their mother's womb,
and the root which produces in man
every sort of sin.
Is this condition so serious that it brings the judgment of God on us?
Sin is so vile and enormous in God's sight
that it is enough to condemn the human race,
and it is not abolished
or wholly uprooted
even by baptism,
seeing that sin constantly boils forth
as though from a contaminated spring.
Does that mean there is no hope for us?
This sin is not imputed to God's children
for their condemnation
but is forgiven
by his grace and mercy.
—Belgic Confession, article 15
The Doctrine of Election
What do we learn about God through his work of redemption?
We believe that—
all Adam's descendants having fallen
into perdition and ruin
by the sin of the first man—
God showed himself to be as he is:
merciful and just.
How is God merciful?
God is merciful
in withdrawing and saving from this perdition those whom he,
in his eternal and unchangeable counsel,
has elected and chosen in Jesus Christ our Lord
by his pure goodness,
without any consideration of their works.
And how is he just?
He is just
in leaving the others in their ruin and fall
into which they plunged themselves.
—Belgic Confession, article 16
The Recovery of Fallen Humankind
How has God shown us his mercy?
We believe that our gracious God,
by his marvelous wisdom and goodness,
seeing that man had plunged himself in this manner
into both physical and spiritual death
and made himself completely miserable,
set out to find him,
trembling all over,
was fleeing from him.
He comforted him,
promising to give us his Son,
"born of a woman,"
to crush the head of the serpent,
and to make him blessed.
—Belgic Confession, article 17
The Incarnation of Christ
What do you believe about the Son of God?
The Son took the "form of a servant"
and was made in the "likeness of man,"
truly assuming a real human nature,
with all its weaknesses,
except for sin;
being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
without male participation.
How real was his human nature?
He not only assumed human nature
as far as the body is concerned
but also a real human soul,
in order that he might be a real human being.
For since the soul had been lost as well as the body
he had to assume them both
to save them both together.
Was he, then, both God and man?
The person of the Son has been inseparably united
and joined together
with human nature,
in such a way that there are not two Sons of God,
nor two persons,
but two natures united in a single person,
with each nature retaining its own distinct properties.
These are the reasons why we confess him
to be true God and true man—
true God in order to conquer death
by his power,
and true man that he might die for us
in the weakness of his flesh.
—Belgic Confession, articles 18, 19
The Work of Christ
What do you believe about God's plan of salvation?
We believe that God—
who is perfectly merciful
and also very just—
sent his Son to assume the nature
in which the disobedience had been committed,
in order to bear in it the punishment of sin
by his most bitter passion and death.
And what do you believe about the work of Jesus Christ?
We believe that Jesus Christ presented himself
in our name
before his Father,
to appease his wrath
with full satisfaction
by offering himself
on the tree of the cross
and pouring out his precious blood
for the cleansing of our sins,
as the prophets had predicted.
Why did he endure all this?
He endured all this
for the forgiveness of our sins.
What comfort does this give you?
We find all comforts in his wounds
and have no need to seek or invent any other means
to reconcile ourselves with God
than this one and only sacrifice,
which renders believers perfect
—Belgic Confession, articles 20, 21
The Righteousness of Faith (I)
How does our faith direct us?
The Holy Spirit kindles in our hearts a true faith
that embraces Jesus Christ,
with all his merits,
and makes him its own,
and no longer looks for anything
apart from him.
Does our faith focus exclusively on Jesus Christ?
Yes, for it must necessarily follow
that either all that is required for our salvation
is not in Christ or,
if all is in him,
then we who have Christ by faith
have our salvation entirely.
Is there nothing else that is needed?
To say that Christ is not enough
but that something else is needed as well
is a most enormous blasphemy against God—
for it then would follow
that Jesus Christ is only half a Savior.
And therefore we justly say with Paul
that we are justified "by faith alone"
or by faith "apart from works."
—Belgic Confession, article 22
The Righteousness of Faith (II)
Can you explain how your faith saves you?
We do not mean, properly speaking,
that it is faith itself that justifies us—
for faith is only the instrument
by which we embrace Christ,
Is Jesus Christ, then, our focus?
Yes, Jesus Christ is our righteousness
in making available to us all his merits
and all the holy works he has done
for us and in our place.
What function, then, does faith serve?
Faith is the instrument
that keeps us in communion with him
and with all his benefits.
When those benefits are made ours
they are more than enough to absolve us
of our sins.
—Belgic Confession, article 22
The Justification of Sinners
What do you believe about your forgiveness?
that our blessedness lies in the forgiveness of our sins
because of Jesus Christ,
and that in it our righteousness before God is contained,
as David and Paul teach us
when they declare that person blessed
to whom God grants righteousness
apart from works.
How do you come by such forgiveness?
We are justified "freely" or "by grace"
through redemption in Jesus Christ.
And therefore we cling to this foundation,
which is firm forever,
giving all glory to God,
and recognizing ourselves as we are;
not claiming a thing for ourselves or our merits
and leaning and resting
on the sole obedience of Christ crucified,
which is ours when we believe in him.
Does this forgiveness give you peace with God?
This is enough to cover all our sins
and to make us confident,
freeing the conscience from the fear, dread, and terror
of God's approach,
without doing what our first father, Adam, did,
who trembled as he tried to cover himself
with fig leaves.
—Belgic Confession, article 23
The Sanctification of Sinners
What is the result of the gift of faith?
We believe that this true faith,
produced in us by the hearing of God's Word
and by the work of the Holy Spirit,
regenerates us and makes us a "new person,"
causing us to live the "new life"
and freeing us from the slavery of sin.
How does it free us?
Far from making people cold
toward living in a pious and holy way,
this justifying faith,
quite to the contrary,
so works within us that
apart from it
we will never do a thing out of love for God
but only out of love for ourselves
and fear of being condemned.
Can such a person be unfruitful?
It is impossible
for this holy faith to be unfruitful in a human being,
seeing that we do not speak of an empty faith
but of what Scripture calls
"faith working through love,"
which leads us to do by ourselves
the works that God has commanded
in his Word.
Why do you do such works?
We are indebted to God for the good works that we do,
and not he to us,
since it is he who "works in us both to will and do
according to his good pleasure."
although we do good works
we do not base our salvation on them,
but rest on the merit
of the suffering and death of our Savior.
—Belgic Confession, article 24
The Fulfillment of the Law
Do the Old Testament ceremonies and symbols still have authority for us?
that the ceremonies and symbols of the law have ended
with the coming of Christ,
and that all foreshadowings have come to an end,
so that the use of them ought to be abolished
Do they have, then, no continuing benefit for us?
The truth and substance of these things
remain for us in Jesus Christ
in whom they have been fulfilled.
we continue to use the witnesses
drawn from the law and prophets
to confirm us in the gospel
and to regulate our lives with full integrity
for the glory of God,
according to his will.
—Belgic Confession, article 25
The Intercession of Christ
Do we have access to God?
We believe that we have no access to God
except through the one and only Mediator and Intercessor:
Jesus Christ the Righteous.
He therefore was made man,
uniting together the divine and human natures,
so that we human beings might have access to the divine Majesty.
Otherwise we would have no access.
Suppose we had to find another intercessor.
Who would love us more than he who gave his life for us,
even though "we were his enemies"?
Who has as much prestige and power as he who is seated
"at the right hand of the Father,"
and who has all power
"in heaven and on earth"?
And who will be heard more readily
than God's own dearly beloved Son?
Christ himself declares:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life;
no one comes to my Father
but by me."
Why should we seek
Has God really given his own Son as our Intercessor?
Yes. It has pleased God
to give us his Son as our Intercessor,
so let us not leave him for another—
or rather seek, without ever finding.
For when God gave him to us
he knew well that we were sinners.
in following the command of Christ
we call on the heavenly Father
our only Mediator,
as we are taught by the Lord's Prayer,
being assured that we shall obtain
all we ask of the Father
in his name.
—Belgic Confession, article 26
The Holy Catholic Church
What do you believe about the church of Christ?
We believe and confess
one single catholic or universal church—
a holy congregation and gathering
of true Christian believers.
What binds them all together?
They await their entire salvation in Jesus Christ,
are washed by his blood,
and sanctified and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
When did this church begin?
This church has existed from the beginning of the world
and will last until the end,
as appears from the fact
that Christ is eternal King
who cannot be without subjects.
How is this church preserved?
This holy church is preserved by God
against the rage of the whole world,
even though for a time
it may appear very small
in the eyes of humankind—
as though it were snuffed out.
How big is this church?
This holy church
is not confined,
or limited to a certain place or certain persons.
But it is spread and dispersed
throughout the entire world,
though still joined and united
in heart and will,
in one and the same Spirit,
by the power of faith.
—Belgic Confession, article 27
The Obligations of Church Members
How important is church membership?
We believe that
since this holy assembly and congregation
is the gathering of those who are saved
and there is no salvation apart from it,
no one ought to withdraw from it,
content to be by themselves,
regardless of their status or condition.
What is our obligation and duty toward Christ's church?
All people are obliged
to join and unite with it,
keeping the unity of the church
by submitting to its instruction and discipline,
by bending their necks under the yoke of Jesus Christ,
and by serving to build up one another,
according to the gifts God has given them
as members of each other
in the same body.
How are we to preserve the unity of the church?
To preserve this unity more effectively,
it is the duty of all believers,
according to God's Word,
to separate themselves
from those who do not belong to the church,
in order to join this assembly
wherever God has established it,
even if civil authorities and royal decrees forbid
and death and physical punishment result.
What is the conclusion, then, about church membership for Christians?
All who withdraw from the church
or do not join it
act contrary to God's ordinance.
—Belgic Confession, article 28
The Marks of the True Church
Must we distinguish the true church from others?
We believe that we ought to discern
diligently and very carefully,
by the Word of God,
what is the true church—
for all sects in the world today
claim for themselves the name of "the church."
How do we distinguish the true church?
The true church can be recognized
if it has the following marks:
The church engages in the pure preaching
of the gospel;
it makes use of the pure administration of the sacraments
as Christ instituted them;
it practices church discipline
for correcting faults.
In short, it governs itself
according to the pure Word of God,
rejecting all things contrary to it
and holding Jesus Christ as the only Head.
How do we recognize those who belong to the true church?
We can recognize them by the distinguishing marks of Christians:
namely by faith,
and by their fleeing from sin and pursuing righteousness,
once they have received the one and only Savior,
They love the true God and their neighbors,
without turning to the right or left,
and they crucify the flesh and its works.
—Belgic Confession, article 29
The Government of the Church
How is Christ's church to be governed?
We believe that this true church
ought to be governed according to the spiritual order
that our Lord has taught us in his Word.
There should be ministers or pastors
to preach the Word of God
and administer the sacraments.
There should also be elders and deacons,
along with the pastors,
to make up the council of the church.
What is the reason for these officers?
By this means
true religion is preserved;
true doctrine is able to take its course;
and evil people are corrected spiritually and held in check,
so that also the poor
and all the afflicted
may be helped and comforted
according to their need.
By this means
everything will be done well
and in good order
in the church,
when such persons are elected
who are faithful.
—Belgic Confession, article 30
The Officers of the Church
How are the officers of the church to be selected?
We believe that
ministers of the Word of God, elders, and deacons
ought to be chosen to their offices
by a legitimate election of the church,
with a prayer in the name of the Lord,
and in good order,
as the Word of God teaches.
So everyone must be careful
not to push themselves forward improperly,
but they must wait for God's call,
so that they may be assured of their calling
and be certain that they are
chosen by the Lord.
And how are we to respond to them?
To keep God's holy order
from being violated or despised,
we say that everyone ought,
as much as possible,
to hold the ministers of the Word and elders of the church
in special esteem,
because of the work they do,
and be at peace with them,
without grumbling, quarreling, or fighting.
—Belgic Confession, article 31
The Order and Discipline of the Church
How should the church of Christ be governed?
We believe that
although it is useful and good
for those who govern the churches
to establish and set up
a certain order among themselves
for maintaining the body of the church,
they ought always to guard against deviating
from what Christ,
our only Master,
has ordained for us.
And what is the goal of such governing?
We accept only what is proper
to maintain harmony and unity
and to keep all in obedience
—Belgic Confession, article 32
Why has God given us the sacraments?
We believe that our good God,
mindful of our crudeness and weakness,
has ordained sacraments for us
to seal his promises in us,
to pledge his good will and grace toward us,
and also to nourish and sustain our faith.
What are sacraments?
They are visible signs and seals
of something internal and invisible,
by means of which God works in us
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
So they are not empty and hollow signs
to fool and deceive us,
for their truth is Jesus Christ,
without whom they could be nothing.
How many sacraments do we have?
We are satisfied with the number of sacraments
that Christ our Master has ordained for us.
There are only two:
the sacrament of baptism
and the Holy Supper of Jesus Christ.
—Belgic Confession, article 33
The Sacrament of Baptism (I)
What is the first sacrament of the Church?
We believe and confess that Jesus Christ,
in whom the law is fulfilled,
has by his shed blood
put an end to every other shedding of blood,
which anyone might do or wish to do
in order to atone or satisfy for sins.
Having abolished circumcision,
which was done with blood,
God established in its place
the sacrament of baptism.
What does baptism signify?
By it we are received into God's church
and set apart from all other people and alien religions,
that we may be dedicated entirely to him,
bearing his mark and sign.
It also witnesses to us
that he will be our God forever,
since he is our gracious Father.
What else does it mean?
Baptism signifies to us
that just as water washes away the dirt of the body
when it is poured on us
and also is seen on the body of the baptized
when it is sprinkled on him,
so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally,
in the soul,
by the Holy Spirit.
—Belgic Confession, article 34
The Sacrament of Baptism (II)
Should our children be baptized too?
Yes, we believe our children ought to be baptized
and sealed with the sign of the covenant,
as little children were circumcised in Israel
on the basis of the same promises
made to our children.
Christ has shed his blood no less
for washing the little children of believers
than he did for adults.
Is the significance of baptism, then, similar to circumcision?
Yes, baptism does for our children
what circumcision did for the Jewish people.
That is why Paul calls baptism
the "circumcision of Christ."
—Belgic Confession, article 34
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (I)
For whom is the Lord's Supper intended?
We believe and confess
that our Savior Jesus Christ
has ordained and instituted the sacrament of the Holy Supper
to nourish and sustain those
who are already born again and ingrafted
into his family:
Who are those who have been "born again"?
Those who are born again have two lives in them.
The one is physical and temporal—
we have it from the moment of our first birth,
and it is common to all.
The other is spiritual and heavenly,
and is given us in our second birth;
it comes through the Word of the gospel
in the communion of the body of Christ;
and this life is common to God's elect only.
What is God's aim for us in the Lord's Supper?
To maintain the spiritual and heavenly life
that belongs to believers
he has sent a living bread
that came down from heaven:
namely Jesus Christ;
who nourishes and maintains
the spiritual life of believers
that is, when appropriated
and received spiritually
—Belgic Confession, article 35
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (II)
Does the Lord's Supper truly nourish us?
Yes, just as truly as we take and hold the sacraments in our hands
and eat and drink it in our mouths,
by which our life is then sustained,
so truly we receive into our souls,
for our spiritual life,
the true body and true blood of Christ,
our only Savior.
We receive these by faith,
which is the hand and mouth of our souls.
This banquet is a spiritual table
at which Christ communicates himself to us
with all his benefits.
How should we approach the Lord's Table?
With humility and reverence
we receive the holy sacrament
in the gathering of God's people,
as we engage together,
in a holy remembrance
of the death of Christ our Savior,
and as we thus confess
our faith and Christian religion.
Therefore, none should come to this table
without examining themselves carefully,
lest "by eating this bread
and drinking this cup
they eat and drink to their own judgment."
—Belgic Confession, article 35
The Civil Government
How has God provided for human society?
We believe that
because of the depravity of the human race
our good God has ordained civil officers.
Why has God done this?
He wants the world to be governed by laws and policies
so that human lawlessness may be restrained
and that everything may be conducted in good order
among human beings.
What is the task of such civil officers?
He has placed the sword
in the hands of the government,
to punish evil people
and protect the good.
So what must our response be?
regardless of status, condition, or rank,
must be subject to the government,
and pay taxes,
and hold its representatives in honor and respect,
and obey them in all things that are not in conflict
with God's Word,
praying for them
that the Lord may be willing to lead them
in all their ways
and that we may live a peaceful and quiet life
in all piety and decency.
—Belgic Confession, article 36
The Last Judgment (I)
What will happen at the end of time?
When the time appointed by the Lord is come
(which is unknown to all creatures)
and the number of the elect is complete,
our Lord Jesus Christ will come from heaven,
bodily and visibly,
as he ascended,
with great glory and majesty,
to declare himself the judge
of the living and the dead.
Will everyone see him when he comes?
Yes, all human creatures will appear in person
before the great judge—
men, women, and children,
who have lived from the beginning until the end
of the world.
They will be summoned there
by the voice of the archangel
and by the sound of the divine trumpet.
What about those who have already died? Will they miss it?
All those who died before that time
will be raised from the earth,
their spirits being joined and united
with their own bodies
in which they lived.
What about those who are still alive?
As for those who are still alive,
they will not die like the others
but will be changed "in the twinkling of an eye"
from "corruptible to incorruptible."
—Belgic Confession, article 37
The Last Judgment (II)
What will happen when Jesus comes again?
"The books" (that is, the consciences) will be opened,
and the dead will be judged
according to the things they did in the world,
whether good or evil.
And then the secrets and hypocrisies of all people
will be publicly uncovered
in the sight of all.
But isn't that a frightening picture to think of?
With good reason
the thought of this judgment
is horrible and dreadful
to wicked and evil people.
But it is very pleasant
and a great comfort
to the righteous and elect,
since their total redemption
will then be accomplished.
Are you eager for this day?
We look forward to that great day with longing
in order to enjoy fully
the promises of God in Christ Jesus,
—Belgic Confession, article 37