Finding Comfort

Otley CemeteryWhere do you find hope and comfort in life, and where will you as you face death? One Christian testimony answers:

My only comfort is “that I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready from now on to live for Him.”

Where does this answer come from?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Romans 14:7-9: “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”

I Corinthians 3:23: “and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”

1 Peter 1:18-19: “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

John 1:17: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

1 John 3:8: “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”

Hebrews 2:14-15: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”

John 6:39: “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”

John 10:28-29: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Luke 21:18: “But not a hair of your head will perish.”

Matthew 10:30: “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

2 Corinthians 1:22: “and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

2 Corinthians 5:5: “He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”

Romans 8:14: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Romans 7:22: “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being.”

[HT: The Heidelberg Catechism]