Being known by God is a critical concept in the Bible. It is, however, neglected in exegesis and theology. This article wants to revive interest in the theme by reflecting on its definition and considering its pastoral function in the Bible. Being known by God is roughly equivalent to three related ideas: belonging to God, being loved or chosen by God, and being a child of God.
Christians face temptations every day which challenge their faith and resolve. Is there any comfort in the midst of so many daily trials and temptations? Our comfort rests in God’s faithfulness and sovereign will. Christ, who also faced temptation, supports his church. The power to conquer temptation lies not in ourselves but in Christ.
This is an explanation of Lord’s Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The article looks at the nature of true comfort, and shows why belonging to Jesus can be the only comfort. There can only be one comfort because there is one cause of misery. The comfort the believer has in Christ is essential to the daily life of the believer until his or her death.