The Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 17

Question & Answer 43

Q: What further advantage do we receive from Christ's sacrifice and death on the cross?

A: Through Christ's death
our old selves are crucified, put to death, and buried with him,1
so that the evil desires of the flesh
may no longer rule us,2
but that instead we may dedicate ourselves
as an offering of gratitude to him.3

1 Rom. 6:5-11; Col. 2:11-12
2 Rom. 6:12-14
3 Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:1-2

Question & Answer 45

Q: How does Christ's resurrection benefit us?

A: First, by his resurrection he has overcome death,
so that he might make us share in the righteousness
he won for us by his death.1
Second, by his power we too
are already now resurrected to a new life.2
Third, Christ's resurrection
is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection.3

1 Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:16-20; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
2 Rom. 6:5-11; Eph. 2:4-6; Col. 3:1-4
3 Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:12-23; Phil. 3:20-21