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New City Catechism Question and Answer 32

Question 32
What do justification and sanctification mean?

Answer
Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 31

Question 31
What do we believe by true faith?

Answer
Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 30

Question 30
What is faith in Jesus Christ?

Answer
Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 29

Question 29
How can we be saved?

Answer
Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 28

Question 28
What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

Answer
At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 27

Question 27
Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

Answer
No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 26

Question 26
What else does Christ’s death redeem?

Answer
Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.

A half a year of unfolding the truth of God’s Word.